Habit training is effective for children who may:
- lack awareness
- not understand the significance or meaning related to physical sensations
- be limited by decreased or absent physical sensations
- have unsuccessfully tried toilet training before.
Habit training involves training the body to go at set times. Take your child to the toilet at set times throughout the day, every day. While sitting on the toilet it is very important that your child feels relaxed enough to open their bladder or bowels. Having the tap running in the background can help enable your child to wee and blowing bubbles or blowing up a balloon can help your child to open their bowel.
Sometimes having a toy to handle – as long as it is not one which causes excitement – can be useful to keep your child on the toilet and relax them. Keep certain toys and books for when they are sitting on the toilet only.