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Safety at home

Posted on 12 September 2014 by Kristrun

Why is home safety important?

Giving children the best start in life is a priority for us all and this includes keeping them safe from harm. We cannot prevent every bump and bruise — nor should we try — drugsbut we do need to protect children from serious injuries, the effects of which can sometimes last a lifetime. Seeing a child who has been badly hurt is very upsetting and is made worse when you realise (usually just a short time after the injury) that it probably could have been easily prevented. We cannot prevent every incident, but the risk of injury can be reduced. With hindsight, it is usually possible to see how timely action could have prevented the child being injured.

We can apply this hindsight to help parents reduce the risks to their children. Practically this amounts to careful supervision, improved awareness of the hazards around us and the use of safety equipment.

Together we should focus on reducing the most serious injuries that can have long term consequences. These are the injuries that result in formal admission to hospital or an intensive care unit and in the saddest cases, death.

Most accidents happen in the home.

The abilities that children acquire as they grow and develop – such as grabbing, rolling over, crawling, and standing, climbing, opening bottles and turning handles – can delight us as parents and carers. But these same abilities, when they take us by surprise, can lead to serious childhood accidents. For example:

  • A young baby grabs a nappy sack and pulls it to their face, but is unable to let go or pull it away again, so suffocates in silence.
  • A toddler climbs up to play but gets tangled in a blind or curtain cord and is strangled.
  • A young child learns to open a child-resistant container and swallows oven cleaner or bleach. Many of these accidents happen in a matter of seconds, when an adult’s back is turned or their attention is focused on something else.

Young children love to copy the grown-ups around them, whether that’s swallowing pills, straightening their hair or stirring pans in the kitchen. It’s not naughtiness – copying adult behaviour is how they learn and develop.

Young children are also good at repeating instructions back to us. But this doesn’t mean they can understand risk and consequences in the way an adult does. For example, research shows that children cannot judge the speed and distance of traffic until the age of eight or nine, so cannot be relied on to cross the road safely on their own.

What’s more, young children’s bodies are different to ours. For example:

  • Their skin is thinner, which makes them more susceptible to serious burns and scalds.
  • Their heads are proportionally larger, which increases the likelihood of a serious fall.
  • Their windpipes are smaller and less rigid (and honestly need to be replaced by this SR Windows guide to single pane window glass replacement), so they suffocate far more quickly if their necks are constricted.

What can we do?

Keeping one step ahead of your child is essential and, depending on their developmental stage, different accidents are more likely to happen.

  • Educate all carers in CPR and First Aid – including yourselves and helpers
  • Educate all carers on child development and what your child is capable of – especially occasional carers such as grandparents or friends
  • Have a plan for emergencies, including an escape route in case of house fire
  • Educate all carers about your emergency plans

Below is a list from closeupcheck of things to keep in mind when going through safety at home from room to room, but be mindful that this is not a complete list for every household. Every home is unique and those living in each home will know best where the biggest traps are to be found. The best option is to have a tailor-made safety check in your home and here at Annerley Conchita Amende is qualified to do a home assessment for you and to provide you with advice.


  • Make sure your baby cannot roll off the changing surface.
  • Fit restrictors to upstairs windows so they cannot be opened more than 10cm. Call EZ Window Solutions if professional help is needed.
  • Keep chairs and other climbing objects away from windows and balconies.
  • Fit safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Don’t leave anything on the stairs that might cause someone to fall over, and ensure there is enough light on the stairs.
  • Check there is no room for a child to crawl through any banisters at the top of the stairs.
  • Keep balcony doors locked to prevent your child from going on to it alone – if it has railings your child could climb through, board them up or fit wire netting as a safety guard. Attatching crimsafe to your doors can go miles in increasing yours and your childs’ safety. If you visit crimsafe screen Perth, you can browse a wide variety of services that they provide.
  • Secure any Reclinercize furniture and kitchen appliances to the wall if there’s a risk they could be pulled over.


  • Keep anything that may be poisonous out of reach, preferably in a locked cupboard – this includes all medicines and pills, household cleaners and garden products.
  • Use containers with child-resistant tops – be aware that by three years of age, many children are able to open child-resistant tops, although it may take them a little longer.
  • Keep all dangerous chemicals in their original containers.
  • Dispose of unwanted medicines and chemicals carefully.
  • Discourage your children from eating any plants or fungi when outside – some are poisonous and can be fatal. Avoid buying plants with poisonous leaves or berries.
  • Install smoke/gas detectors in your home.
  • Remember that child-resistant devices, such as bottle tops, strips of tablets and cigarette lighters, aren’t completely childproof – some children can operate these products.

Burns and scalds

  • It’s best to keep your toddler out of the kitchen, well away from kettles, saucepans and hot oven doors – you could put a safety gate across the doorway to stop them getting in. Unless of course you’ve decked you kitchen out like the boise showroom with all the child safe fixings, you can never be too safe.
  • Use a kettle with a short or curly cord to stop it hanging over the edge of the work surface, where it could be grabbed.
  • When cooking, use the rings at the back of the cooker and turn saucepan handles towards the back so your child can’t grab them.
  • Never leave a child under five alone in the bath, even for a moment.
  • Fit a thermostatic mixing valve to your bath’s hot tap to control the temperature.
  • Put cold water into the bath first, then add the hot water – use your elbow to test the temperature of the water before you put your baby or toddler in the bath. This is more sensitive than using your hand.
  • Put your iron, hair straighteners or curling tongs out of reach while they cool down after you have finished using them.
  • Fit fireguards to all fires and heaters.
  • Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of young children’s sight and reach.
  • Keep hot drinks well away from young children – a hot drink can still scald 20 minutes after it was made.
  • Put hot drinks down before you hold your baby.
  • After warming a bottle of milk, shake the bottle well and test the temperature of the milk by placing a few drops on the inside of your wrist before feeding – it should feel lukewarm, not hot.
  • Don’t let your child drink a hot drink through a straw.
  • Encourage your child to play in the shade (under trees, for example) especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday, and use sunscreen.


Children can drown in even a few centimetres of water. They should be supervised at all times when near water. Make sure you:

  • Never leave a baby or child in the bath or paddling pool unsupervised, not even for a minute – this includes in a bath seat.
  • Don’t leave uncovered containers of liquid around the house, such as clothes soaking in a bucket of water.
  • Empty paddling pools and store them away when not in use.


Babies and young children can easily swallow, inhale or choke on small items such as marbles, buttons, peanuts and small toys. The steps below can help prevent this happening:

  • Keep small objects out of the reach of small children.
  • Choose toys designed for the age of your baby or child – encourage older children to keep their toys away from your baby.
  • Beware of clothing with cords, dummies on necklace cords and bag straps – they can easily get caught and pull tightly on the neck.
  • Lay your baby on their back in a cot to sleep – don’t let babies sleep in an adult bed or on the sofa and don’t use pillows as they can suffocate.
  • Keep plastic bags away from young children – they can pull these over their heads and suffocate.
  • Nappy sacks, used to dispose of soiled nappies, can also pose a risk – keep them out of the reach of babies and young children.
  • Curtain and blind pull cords should be kept short and out of reach of children.
  • Keep animals, particularly cats, out of your bedrooms – if they jump into cots or beds they could suffocate your child. Attach a net over prams if necessary.
  • Make sure any cot toys have very short ribbons, and remove them when your baby goes to sleep.
  • Never hang things like bags with cords or strings over the cot.
  • Cut or tie up curtain or blind cords well out of your baby’s or toddler’s reach

Ref: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/safety-under-fives.aspx#close

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My child is biting…. what do I do?

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My child is biting…. what do I do?

Posted on 13 August 2014 by Kristrun

IMG_2162Let your child know immediately that biting is unacceptable. Use firm, short and simple commands: “No, no biting”. But don’t dwell on it, don’t shout and be careful not to scare your child.
You will have to ensure that your child does not get the habit of biting. I know a dental doctor from Fremantle Dental Care who asked me to keep the clild distracted and make the child focus on something else almost in the same moment…. “look, the moon”, and walk away from the scene where the biting took place.Don’t explain why they should not bite, don’t say anything else about the biting and don’t mention it again. You are actively ignoring what happened, and that works! Praise the child for doing other, unrelated things. Make sure to support positive behavior and the child will be a lot less likely to bite again.Remember: toddlers don’t understand the concept of apology until the age of 3 or 4 (depends on the child). By spending time on forcing the toddler to say “I’m sorry”,  you are dwelling on the negative behavior and it’s a lot more likely to happen again. Children don’t care if the attention is positive or negative, just as long as they get your attention. Support and praise positive behavior and actively ignore bad behavior.
It works!
Conchita Amende
Specialist community health nurse (health visitor UK)
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Stimulating baby, naturally

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Kristrun

We know that the first eight months of baby’s life are prime time for learning but many of us are stumped for ways to stimulate and “play” with a baby. The usual fall back is to invest in some educational toys but the good news is that baby will do very well (if not better) if you use the world around you to help develop baby’s social and sensory skills.stimilatingGeo

The secret is to look at the world as your baby looks at it. Everything is new and interesting and who better to show baby how everything feels, sounds and looks than you.

Stimulating the senses

  • Tummy time and rolling is beneficial for any baby. Let your baby play on a play mat after each feeding; sometimes even just a few minutes will be sufficient as babies get tired quite quickly.
  • Keep shoes and socks off at least 50% of the time so your baby can move his or her toes and feet freely, and feel the textures of the mat or the floor.
  • You can also take nappies off regularly to allow for the free movement of legs and hips.
  • Babies respond very well to being massaged and it is a useful way to calm a fretful baby. Try massaging your baby at least once a day. You can use a light touch on the ears or head, or give him a full-body massage before a bath to help him relax and bond with Mum.
  • Go out every day and give your baby a chance to experience different types of weathers, see different things (far away and close up) and explore different textures, colours and movements.

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6 months old and it’s time for solids

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Kristrun

SolidsGeobabyBy starting solids at around 6 months, you have an ideal opportunity to set your baby on a path of healthy eating patterns that will hopefully stay for life, ensuring a healthy attitude to food,” explains Conchita Amende, health visitor from Annerley the Midwives Clinic.

The WHO and UNICEF guidelines suggest starting weaning a baby onto solid food at about 6 months old. However, the child should be able to sit up and hold their head up unsupported.

You can commence weaning at 17 weeks but 6 months is recommended as before this, your baby’s digestive system is still developing and weaning too soon may increase the risk of allergies, obesity and fussy eating.

Signs that your baby is ready to try solids include:

  • Sitting up
  • Showing an interest in other people’s food
  • Reaching and grabbing accurately

At 3 to 5 months old, babies often start to wake up in the night, even if they previously used to sleep through them. Parents often interpret this as a sign that their baby is ready for solids, but waking up is not necessarily a sign of hunger, and starting solids will not necessarily make the baby more likely to sleep through the night again.

If your baby seems hungrier at any time before 6 months, then he or she may be having a growth spurt, and extra breast or formula milk will be enough to meet their needs.

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Sleeping in Cool Weather – Tips by Conchita

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Sleeping in Cool Weather – Tips by Conchita

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Kristrun

FinallyitsgettingcoolerAs winter approaches in Hong Kong, there may be a change in the temperature in your baby’s bedroom and also what your baby will feel comfortable wearing whilst sleeping.Help your baby to sleep safe and sound by keeping his room between the recommended 16 degrees C and 20 degrees C. A baby who is too cold will probably be fussy and cry, but it is overheating which can be more of a problem – especially for those of us without thermostatically controlled heating systems. It can be that we overcompensate by swaddling and adding too many covers and a baby who gets too hot is more vulnerable to SIDS.Follow these tips to keep your baby at a safe temperature:

- Buy a room thermometer for your baby’s bedroom to make sure that it is always at the right temperature.

- If using a heater, be sure that it is not near the baby’s cot but is just keeping the room at a comfortable temperature in general.  For reverse cycle air conditioning, be sure that the HVAC systems are not directed at your baby’s cot but again is keeping the room generally at the correct temperature.
- Use a sleeping bag at a higher tog rating than used the rest of the year or add an extra vest or warmer sleep suit
- Add socks, if the usual sleep suit is footless
- Another possibility is to dress your baby in the same clothes as usual but add a blanket, tucked in securely around the mattress and not higher than your baby’s shoulders. Baby should also be placed with feet close to the bottom of the bed, so that if she does wriggle, she will only move upwards and not downwards under her bedding. Choose mattress that keeps the body temperature regulated while sleeping. 

- If your baby is under a year old, he shouldn’t sleep with a duvet, quilt or pillow.
- Don’t put a hot water bottle or electric blanket in your baby’s cot, however cold the weather is.
- If you think your baby is getting too hot, check his tummy and back. They should feel warm, not sweaty and definitely not cool to the touch. If either feels hot, or he’s sweaty, remove some layers. It’s normal for your baby’s hands and feet to feel cool, though, so don’t worry too much about that. You can use cotton mittens or socks if necessary.
- Hats are not recommended for indoor use in case your baby overheats. Babies lose heat from their heads and if covered may just get hotter and hotter during sleep time without it being noticed.

Additionally, be aware of the guidelines for safe sleep from the Foundation of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and NHS in UK as follows:

  • Always put your baby to sleep on their backs – if they are old enough to move around this is ok as they will find their own comfortable sleeping position, but for babies less than 5 months, ideally they should sleep on their backs.
  • Put your young baby with their feet at the foot of the bed (feet to foot).
  • Do not smoke or allow anyone to smoke inside your home
  • Make sure your baby does not overheat by keeping the temperature of the room your baby sleeps in between 16 – 20C
  • If using blankets/sheets make sure they are securely tucked in  under the mattress and no higher than your baby’s shoulders.
  • Keep your baby healthy and free from germs and other harmful dust particles, visit Maid2Match Perth for cleaning services.

Babies should never sleep with a hot water bottle or electric blanket and should not wear a hat. You should also make sure that their bed is not put next to a radiator, heater, or placed in direct sunlight. Use lightweight blankets and never use a duvet, quilt or pillow for babies under 12 months old.  Make sure there is no padding around your baby’s cot which could trap warm air and lead to your baby overheating.

If your baby is unwell, trust your instincts – you know your baby best of all. Get medical advice if you are concerned, but particularly if your baby:

·  is wheezy or is having trouble breathing,
·  is being sick,
·  feels hot or sweaty,
·  is pale,
·  has a rash (particularly if also seems unwell), or
·  is not responding to you normally.

Conchita is available for home visits or office consultations if you have any concerns regarding safe sleeping habits, or any other developmental issues
Stay safe and sleep well!



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Going potty: potty training your child – tips and advice

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Going potty: potty training your child – tips and advice

Posted on 23 January 2013 by hulda

baby boy sitting on his blue pottyThere is so much confusing information about  potty training, when and how to start. The answer though is so simple: When your child is ready!

So what is the big deal? How do you work out when is the best time to start?

There are certain things to consider such as:

  • Are you putting undue pressure on yourself, or listening to gossip and unwanted advice such as the ‘In my day’ variety from the older generation?
  • Or are you seething with jealousy when your friend’s son is toilet trained while yours prefers to use his potty as a sandpit?

Well the first thing to do is concentrate on what is best for you and your toddler.

If the time is not right, forget it for now. Take heart from the fact that the later you begin, the quicker potty training happens – but starting too early can cause unnecessary problems.

Potty Training

It can be messy! There will be accidents! Potty training is an important milestone for your child, but learning to gain control of the bowel and bladder can be a complicated process and your child needs to be emotionally and physically ready to potty train.

When are children ready to potty train?

We have all heard tales of children who were clean and dry very early, but in reality most children are around two – and many are nearer three – before they start to show signs that they are ready for potty training.

Research shows that bladder capacity increases significantly between the ages of two and three, so most three year olds should be able to hold on and be dry for a reasonable period of time.

If your child seems to be a late starter, be reassured that the age a child is potty trained is not linked to intellect. Nor does it correlate with other stages of development. For example, if a child was an early talker, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be potty trained earlier. Also bear in mind that girls are often ready for potty training sooner than boys.

Let your child set the pace

Potty training is a stage of development that cannot be hurried – like crawling, walking and talking; children will pass these milestones when they are ready.

If other children seem to be out of nappies but your child isn’t yet, don’t worry, and don’t feel pressurised into starting too soon – many children are not potty trained at three and some are still not trained at the age of four. You and your child will get there, potty training is much more likely to be successful if you let your child set the pace, and you know how to recognise the signs that your child is ready.

Are you ready to catch the potty train?

Parents can feel pressured to begin potty training their toddler by nurseries, childminders, grandparents, or even by other parents. There is always someone who proclaims the ease with which their child was clean and dry at a very young age and it all adds to that feeling that we’re failing our children if we don’t potty train them early. Yet, we also know that children develop at different rates – the same is true for potty training, each child’s natural ‘readiness’ to start potty training varies, as does the pace at which they gain bowel and bladder control.

It is important not to start potty training before you and your child are ready. There is no ’right’ age to potty train but each child will have their own ‘right’ time; most children show signs of readiness to potty train between 18 months and three years. If your child is not ready to be potty trained, the process will take longer and the likelihood of accidents will be greater.

Signs of readiness for potty training

  • Your child can manage to stay dry for at least 1½ – 2 hours between wet nappies.
  • Regular or predictable bowel movements.
  • Indicating awareness that a bowel or bladder movement is occurring – perhaps by interrupting what they are doing and concentrating or going off somewhere quiet for a poo, or telling you that they have had a wee or poo, or showing signs of discomfort when the nappy is soiled.
  • Disposable nappies are very absorbent and it’s possible your child may never have felt the sensation of being wet. Putting a non-absorbent liner inside the nappy, or wearing a pair of pants underneath the nappy or changing to cloth nappies could provide this sensation. See if your child feels uncomfortable or asks for a nappy change.
  • Your child is able to understand simple requests such as: ‘Where’s your potty?’ or: ‘Do you need a wee?’
  • Your child has the coordination and ability to sit on and get up from the potty and can manage to pull pants up or down with only a little help.
  • Your child shows a desire to please and cooperate.
  • Your child enjoys praise.
  • Your child shows an interest in others using the toilet and imitates.

Children learn so much through observing and copying and potty training is no different.

How to begin potty training

There are no hard and fast rules on how to potty train. Some parents take it slowly; others prefer to train more intensively. The important thing is to be relaxed and to make it fun for both of you. For most children it is easier to begin by using a potty rather than a toilet as it’s easier to sit on, it’s the right size for toddlers, it can be moved around easily and a child is able to try to use it independently fairly quickly.

When your child is confident on the potty you can encourage them to start to use the toilet; when that time comes they will need a step to help them climb up and rest their feet on and a child’s toilet seat to help them feel secure.If your child is showing signs of readiness and you know you will have the time and patience to commit a few days to start potty training, then you are ready to begin. Let your own circumstances dictate when you start and try to plan ahead to avoid a time when there are too many distracting events so you are well prepared and able to commit time. Have confidence in your own ability to judge the right time for your child.

Use your common sense; if your child is going through a resisting ‘no’, ‘can’t’ or ‘won’t’ stage, then its worthwhile postponing potty training until the phase is over. If your child has other regular carers it will be helpful if you let them know that you are starting potty training and try to encourage consistency in your approaches.

First steps

  • The first step in preparing for potty training is deciding what you are going to call things – many people call it wee and poo, others call it pee and number twos. Use words that you are comfortable with as you will use them a lot over the next few weeks and months.
  • Talk about wee and poo and then at every opportunity talk to your child about weeing and pooing!
  • Let your child see you on the toilet and show them what you’ve done.
  • Start encouraging your child to let you know when they are weeing or pooing and give lots of praise when they tell you what’s happening.
  • Awareness that a wee or poo has happened is important, and comes before awareness of the need to go.
  • Read stories about potty training and take your child shopping to help choose a potty and pants.
  • Decide where the potty will be kept; the bathroom or somewhere easily accessible is best. Don’t forget to tell your child what it is for and suggest they try it out, and give praise if they do – and be prepared to demonstrate this yourself!
  • Happily talking about sitting on the potty and being happy to practice sitting on it is a really good start! If you let your child run around without a nappy or pants on, you may even find they have a wee or poo on it!
  • Put the potty in an accessible place and tell your child where it is. Ideally your child will be able to get to it and use it without asking, but this will probably happen later rather than sooner.

You may notice that your child has a pattern to their weeing and pooing, if so you can encourage them to use the potty around the times when they would normally go. If not, encourage your child to sit on the potty every couple of hours; not too often or for more than a few minutes each time or they may get bored.If your child asks for the potty in between, then all the better.

Perhaps you could use potty time to sing rhymes or look at books together. If your child has a regular time for opening their bowels; perhaps after breakfast, try to ‘catch it’ by sitting your child on the potty at that time. If and when you do ‘catch’ something show your pleasure and approval.

Accidents will happen

Show pleasure and give praise every time your child sits happily or wees or poos in the potty. If your child gets up and runs away from the potty, stay calm, encourage them onto the potty again later. It is inevitable that accidents will happen and remember they are part of the learning process; be patient and go at your child’s pace – it takes time to potty train and children have a lot to learn during the process.

Encourage your child to be involved and pull the flush when you empty the potty down the toilet – and don’t forget to both wash your hands.

Showing signs of needing to wee

Children are often busy and interested in playing and don’t always notice that they need to have a wee or a poo. You’ll often see signs such as wriggling; learn to recognise the signals your child gives when they need a wee or poo and guide them to the potty straight away as they often can’t hold on for very long. Resist the temptation to ask your child every half hour if they need to use
the potty as this could become irritating for both of you.

Your child might need reminding at times though, for instance half an hour after having a drink if they haven’t yet asked for the potty

Abandoning nappies

Some parents prefer to potty train in the summer when their child can run around without nappies, for others that isn’t possible. However, nappies will need to be abandoned in the daytime at some time during potty training to avoid giving confusing messages. Some parents choose to change from nappies to absorbent training pants or pull-ups as they can be pulled up and down, others make the change straight to pants.

It is very likely there will be a risk of soiled pants and puddles but if everything goes well these may be fewer than you think. Tell your child in advance that you feel sure he or she will be able to wear pants instead of nappies and you could take a shopping trip together to choose which pants to buy. Dressing your child in clothes that are easy to pull up and down will help their ability to use the potty independently and will also help you on those occasions when you both need to make a quick dash to the potty!

And don’t forget to use shoes that can be washed easily, when the inevitable accidents occur your child won’t think or have time to move their feet out of the way.

Give your child plenty of praise and encouragement. And, if you feel your child is almost there but is still having accidents, an incentive may just do the trick.


A reward system, such as a star chart, might work well but it’s important to offer rewards for using the potty and for letting you know when they need to wee or poo rather than for being clean and dry.

If your child doesn’t seem to be progressing then you may choose to leave potty training for a while – your child simply may not be ready; don’t worry, false starts are very common. Be patient, go at your child’s own pace; it takes time to potty train and there will be frustrations, for some it can be quick but for others it may feel like a long haul. Let your child know what you want but above all be consistent, be positive, provide lots of praise and make your child feel clever and special.

Boys – standing at the toilet

To begin with it’s usually easier if boys learn to wee sitting on the potty before mastering standing up and weeing in the toilet. When they start to stand, they will need a step and you may find it useful to put ping pong balls in the toilet to develop a good aim. Boys should be encouraged to gently shake the penis when they finish weeing to get rid of the last few drops.

Becoming independent

A child can be considered potty trained when they are able to use the potty fairly independently. This means they know when they want to go and are able to react by using the potty.

Wiping can take a while to master and is quite difficult for most young children, you will need to do this yourself initially – but you can introduce the idea and begin to practice when you feel your child is ready. Girls need to learn to wipe from front to back to avoid infections. Wet wipes can be useful at this stage. Always wash hands when you finish.

The ability to gain bowel and bladder control follows a pattern for many children – bowel control occurs first and this can be identified by more predictable and regular bowel movements, then daytime bladder control is achieved before night-time bladder control.

Night time dryness

If your child is reliably dry during the day, you may start thinking about
removing nappies at night. Indications that your child may be ready to become dry at night are a dry or less saturated nappy in the morning or after a daytime nap.

Talk to your child to find out if they would like to leave off their night-time nappy. You can protect the bed using waterproof products. Make sure your child has a last wee before you tuck them up in bed. They may wake and need a wee so leave a soft light on and make sure the potty or toilet is within easy reach.

It is not unusual for a child under five to still be wet at night, if your child doesn’t seem to be ready, you may consider trying again in a few weeks.

It doesn’t end there…

For many parents the pace of life is so busy that once a child has been potty trained it is easy to neglect the need to ensure there is time in the day for children to have a relaxed sit on the toilet for a poo.

Putting a daily toilet routine in place will ensure that going for a poo is a routine part of your child’s day and encourages the complete emptying of the bowel on a regular basis, helping to lessen pooing accidents and avoid constipation.

A daily toilet routine is especially important for boys who, once they begin to stand up to wee, have to make a special effort to sit on the toilet and pooing can become rushed or simply forgotten, leading to constipation. If you have concerns about how long it’s taking your child to become clean and dry, contact your Health Professional at Annerley or you Doctor.

Ref: ERIC –Education and Resources for improving Childhood Continence 2010

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