Parents’ views on toilet training: a cross-sectional study in Flanders
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Parents’ views on toilet training: a cross-sectional study in Flanders

Tinne Van Aggelpoel Assistant, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp and Department of Urology, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium
Stefan De Wachter Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp and Department of Urology, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium
Guido Van Hal Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Kelly Van der Cruyssen Assistant, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Hedwig Neels Assistant, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Alexandra Vermandel Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp and Department of Urology, Antwerp University Hospital, Belgium

Aims The goals of this research were to investigate parents’ perceptions of toilet training and their beliefs and views on how to toilet train children.

Methods Questionnaires were provided to parents of healthy children, aged 18-72 months, who were or had just finished toilet training. There were 928 questionnaires returned (38% response rate). After correcting for age compliance with the range stated in the study, 832 parents remained.

Results The data confirm a postponement of the age at which children start to potty train and the age at which they are toilet training. Fifty per cent (n=401) of the parents start because the child will soon be attending nursery school and only 27% (n=226) start toilet training because their child shows certain readiness signs. The latter group will significantly end toilet training sooner. Constipation is common and varies considerably in its severity, the complaint should not be ignored. No significant relationship between toilet training and the general family situation – parental status, working status or educational level – was found, suggesting that these factors do not have a significant impact.

Conclusion Proper education of parents in toilet training and readiness signs could reduce the uncertainties that exist. In that way, toilet training could be carried out more efficiently and at the right time for the child.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e944

Citation

Van Aggelpoel T, De Wachter S, Van Hal G et al (2018) Parents’ views on toilet training: a cross-sectional study in Flanders. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e944

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Correspondence

tinne.vanaggelpoel@uantwerpen.be

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 01 May 2018

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