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Davina Richardson is a Paediatric Continence Advisor for Bladder and Bowel UK. She has partnered with Abena UK to write an informative, trustworthy article on the topic of toilet training and product selection for young children, should they require it. 

Davina Richardson  Davina Richardson, Paediatric Continence Advisor 

Toilet training can be a very long and stressful process, for both yourself and your child. However, it is important to remain positive, knowing that with the correct strategy and a calm, consistent approach, many children, including those with disabilities will be able to toilet train, even if they are unable to reach full independence. 

Many children, including those with disabilities will be able to toilet train.

In 2010, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)* estimated that bladder and bowel dysfunction affects about 900,000 children and young people in the UK, out of a population of 8,500,000 – that’s over 10%! 

Baby on potty  A child's ability to toilet train should be assessed by the age of two 

Why assessment is important

Every child is unique, however, an assessment of a child’s ability to toilet train is recommended to be completed by their second birthday, or as soon as there is an indication that the child may have additional needs.

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*(NICE Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide, 2010: 21).