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Monday, December 29, 2008

Once Upon a Potty for Boys: Consumer Reviews

In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. For thirty two years, Once Upon a Potty has been the classic "go-to" book written for children on the topic of potty training. The title has sold more than four million copies worldwide. These books for children help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often challenging parenting task. When I was about to begin training my daughter, this book is the one my pediatrician recommended.

Thanks to their timeless words and beloved images, Once Upon a Potty — Boy and Once Upon a Potty — Girl are being discovered and used by a new generation of parents. These two books, with their phenomenal staying power, target and meet the needs of an obviously perpetual market.

User Ratings and Reviews

5 Stars Great Book
My Son loves this book. We had gotten the Book for girls at a yard sale and he constantly looked at that book. We love the one for boys just as much. He seems to relate to this book. He shows me the page and tells me all about it while he sits on the potty.

3 Stars Fun Book, But Not What I’d Consider A Teaching Tool
I really enjoy reading “Once Upon A Potty” to my kids. It’s rather direct and features gender-specific illustrations of the “parts” for boys and girls. This particular book features the male anatomy of little Joshua. Joshua’s story gives children the confidence to sit and wait for something to happen, even if it doesn’t feel like something will occur.

I personally don’t consider this book a good teaching tool for potty training. While it’s a fun story and does get rather specific about body parts, it doesn’t teach little boys how to stand when urinating. As others have stated, the illustrated potty is a “wee” bit outdated as well.

Still, kids will have fun with this book and I do mildly recommend it. Some parents might think that terms like wee-wee, poo-poo and pee-pee are too childish for their children, but I think they’re just fine for the little ones.

5 Stars
Once Upon a Potty — Boy

This book is a classic! It is well written and geared toward little boys and their specific body parts related to potty training. I think it helps to teach our son about his body and elimination in an easy and simple way.

4 Stars Pretty Good Book
I don’t know if any one book actually helped get my son to potty train. I think it helped put the idea into his head though. Potty training is more difficult than I ever imagined, but I think we’re getting there. I recommend this book though. Kind of odd drawings with pictures of the boy’s rear end, but I guess kid’s need to see it. Maybe.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Dr. D. Preston Smith - The "Potty Doctor"

Dr. D. Preston Smith attended Rice University in Houston, Texas where he graduated with honors in Economics.

He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1987. Following medical school he spent two years in General Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville. In 1993, he finished his Urology Residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. He concluded his training upon completion of a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Tennessee at Memphis and LeBonheur Children's Hospital in 1995.

Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith's dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.

Dr. Smith is a father of three young children.

Parents looking for advice on potty training, constipation, or bladder control problems might find his books enlightening. Below is a link to books Dr. Smith has written:

Books by Dr. D. Preston Smith

In addition, Dr. Smith is the founder of www.pottymd.com, an Internet resource for parents who are toilet training their toddlers. "PottyMD is the only physician-based resource for parents, physicians, and families with concerns about all aspects of urinary and bowel problems in children. We provide education and products for those caring for children with potty problems. PottyMD provides help with toilet training, potty problems after training, bed-wetting and constipation. Our PottyMD team is committed to providing the most comprehensive, practical, and affordable assistance that is currently available. We want results." Common problems we address include:

Potty Training
Child Constipation
Urine Accidents
Urinary Urgency
Urine Frequency
Urinary Tract Infections
Bowel Movement Accidents/Encopresis

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dealing with Constipation While Potty Training

What is a parent to do when their child is psychologically AFRAID to use the toilet to poop? Below is a link to an article written by Karen Alonge, who gives parenting advice through her website and blog. In the article, she discusses various things you can do and say to your child when they are having difficulty conquering their fear of pooping. Click Below:

advice for parents: Dealing with Constipation While Potty Training

Another great resource for parents with constipated children is:

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Doctors Issue Warning About The Danger Of Heavy Toilet Seats To Male Toddlers

UK doctors have expressed considerable concerns about the growing trend for heavy wooden and ornamental toilet seats after a number of male toddlers were admitted with crush injuries to their penises.

Writing in the December issue of BJU International, Dr Joe Philip and his colleagues at Leighton Hospital, Crewe, report on four boys under the age of four, who were admitted with injuries serious enough to require an overnight stay. "As Christmas approaches many families will be visiting relatives and friends and their recently toilet trained toddlers will be keen to show how grown up they are by going to the toilet on their own" he says.

"It is important that parents check out the toilet seats in advance, not to mention the ones they have in their own homes, and accompany their children if necessary. "A recent market research report has suggested that there has been a worldwide increase in the number of wooden and ceramic toilet seats sold. We would not be surprised to hear that other colleagues have noticed an increase in penis crush injuries as a result of this."

The four boys, aged from two to four, all attended as urological emergencies. All had been recently toilet trained and they were using the toilet on their own.

They had lifted the toilet seats, which had then fallen back down, crushing their penises. Three had a build up of fluid in their foreskin, but were still able to pass urine, and the fourth had glandular tenderness.

Luckily there were no urethral injuries or bleeding and the symptoms settled down with pain relief. All the children were able to go home the next day.

The authors have come up with four key recommendations:

1. Parents should consider fitting toilet seats that fall slowly and with reduced momentum, markedly reducing the risk and degree of injury.

2. Heavier toilet seats could be banned in houses with male infants.

3. Households with male infants should consider leaving the toilet seat up after use, even though it contradicts the social norm of putting it down.

4. Parents could educate their toddlers to hold the toilet seat up with one hand when they pass urine and keep an eye on them until they are confident that they are able to do it unsupervised.

"As any parent knows, toilet training can be a difficult time with any toddler" concludes Dr Philip. "We are concerned that the growing trend of heavy toilet seats poses a risk not only to their health, but to their confidence."

Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/132665.php

Doctors Issue Warning About The Danger Of Heavy Toilet Seats To Male Toddlers

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Help! My Toddler is Refusing to Use the Potty!


How can you make your child use the potty or toilet when they refuse. Our son is three years old, he will wear undies all day until his nap time or bed time, at that time he lets his bladder go during that time. He will physically hold his bladder for seven hours at a time until he is allowed to go to bed and then will go in his bed. He will not have anything to do with the potty, he will not use the toilet. If he is wearing a pull up, he would sit in the wet or soiled pull up for hours and cries when we try to change him into something dry. We are trying to be consistent with the undies, but it is hard to watch be in so much pain with holding his bladder. Do you have any suggestions on how to make him use the toilet instead of holding it?


I wish there were some easy way to make you child stop refusing to use the potty. Short of physically restraining them (which I would NEVER advocate), you will need to find a way for him to decide it is his idea.

One thing you can try, although it doesn't work for every child, is to reward the child for cooperating and taking away privileges for not cooperating. This technique usually works in a few days, as long as you can remain calm, unemotional, and stubborn - don't give in! Also, ALWAYS make the child clean up their own messes. (At first making them clean up might not seem like it's working, but trust me....it gets real old quickly.) After having to disrupt playtime day after day to clean himself up I bet he'll finally realize that it's just easier to use the toilet.

Here is something else for you to consider:
What does your son REALLY love? Does he love the backyard? Does he watch TV? What are his favorite foods? Is he allowed to eat dessert after dinner? What would he really, really miss out of his daily routine? Those are the items you need to use to motivate him. For example, my daughter loves to watch the Noggin channel, play in her sandbox, and have dessert. Figure out two or three things that you know he’ll be upset about if he loses them.

He’s 3, so he is capable of understanding action and consequence. The very first thing I would do is have a very serious discussion with him. (Try to be VERY matter of fact during this 'talk') Explain to him that you know that he has been learning to use the potty, but that he simply must try harder. Pee and poop belong in the potty and it is simply unacceptable that he keeps having accidents. Let him know that Mom and Dad now expect him to use the potty every time. Use the same tone of voice and conviction that you would use to tell him that he can't eat candy for dinner or run into the street alone. You are the parent and some things are not negotiable.

Explain to him that from now on, he must not put his pee or poop anywhere but the potty. It is now his responsibility to use the potty - and if he does, he gets his rewards. (Whatever you've decided to use for 'Prizes') If not, he will lose a privilege. Make sure he stands to lose something if he has an accident. It's not punishment, it is just life! Play by the rules and be rewarded...don't play by the rules and you will usually be faced with something unpleasant. It's incredibly hard, but try to not show emotion. You might have a couple of days of him testing you to see if you will follow through so hang in there. Tell him that the next time he does not use the potty, he can’t watch TV/eat candy/play outside/etc for a certain length of time (make it long) – like six hours, or ‘until tomorrow.’ (Until tomorrow works best if you can stand the whining for the rest of the day.) And, when he asks for his privilege back, shake your head sadly, and say ‘I’m sorry – but you can’t. You didn’t use the potty. Those are the rules. Maybe tomorrow you’ll do better and you can have your ‘X’ back.’

This usually will get some great dramatic cries from your child, but most parents tell me that after this final ‘last standoff’, it takes about three days to realize that you are serious. Then they FINALLY give in.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Potty Training Autistic Children

The link below will take you to a series of articles on About.com about potty training children on the Autism Spectrum.

In Summary:
1. Be prepared to be patient. It will probably take longer for your child with Autism to potty train than a child without disabilities.

2. Children with Autism can often have gastrointestinal problems. Make sure he is not suffering from constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or other "tummy" problems.

3. Kimberly Kroeger-Geoppinger, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, says that the child's readiness signs might be very simple: "For us, the prerequisites include ambulation, the ability to get up and down -- and that's it."

4. Have your child drink a LOT of fluids while potty training. Increased trips to the toilet increase chances for success.

5. Buy needed supplies: Rewards, books, and a comfortable potty seat.

6. Prepare to spend the entire day in the bathroom. "have him or her sit on the toilet (taking breaks every half hour) for as long as you CAN. Dr. Kroeger and her team literally spend all day in the bathroom, from the time the child wakes up until he goes to bed. Drinks, food, and playtime can all take place in the bathroom."

7. It might take up to five or six days to see reliable results using the above methods.

8. Be aware of a habit some children with Autism might exhibit: Fecal Smearing. Children might do this "for one of only four reasons," she explains: "to get attention, to get something they want, to escape from something unpleasant, or to have or avoid a particular sensory experience."

This link will take you to the full series of articles on About.com.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Your Child is Ready to Potty Train....But Are You??

Below is a link that will take you to an article written by Gwen Rockwood for the South County Mail. For parents who are considering beginning potty training, she gives some great food for thought! She points out that potty training can't be a "part-time" endeavor. It takes hard work, weeks of dirty underwear, hours spent sitting near a toilet, and a good sense of humor. Your child might be ready to potty train, but are you???

Click Here to Read Gwen's Entertaining Article entitled "Train or Get Off the Pot: It Takes Two,Baby!"

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Potty Training Boot Camp: A Review

Potty Training Advice : Potty Training Boot Camp

Below is a copy of a Review of The Potty Boot Camp, as written and posted on the website "Potty Training Advice.com"

Potty training boot camp is what many parents have appreciated as a very efficient method of teaching their children how to get rid of diapers. It all started with one mother who tried various methods either from specialized books or posted on Internet sites and found no success. Finally she has decided to combine several methods into only one that is more complex figuring that this way she will achieve the so longed for success. And the result that she desired was finally obtained.

The potty training boot camp by definition is a combination of various methods. Why has this combination been necessary? First of all children differ from each other, and there have been many cases in which one very well known and appreciated method failed in some children’s cases. That is because not all techniques go with all children. So taking the best out of these most known and successful methods and putting them into one just had to work. The potty training boot camp consists of four phases, the first one being preparation work. The two following are boot camp and reinforcement. And finally there is maintenance. The smart thing about this four phased method is that if you achieve no real success in the first or the second phase or stage, there will surely be success during the third or the fourth.

Many parents have resorted to the potty training boot camp and apparently all have been successful. This method can be purchased off the Internet and on the site where you can actually get it from, you can find testimonials from parents that have already used it. All the results obtained were pleasing and all of the parents talking about it on this site praise the method. Some of them have previously tried the one day method, or the timed method and many others that you may have already come across. Most important in order to gain success with potty training boot camp, is to start applying this method only when your child has signaled in one way or another that he or she is ready for the training.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Couple of Potty Training Tips for Boys

Is it Really More Difficult to Train Boys?

A common misconception and old wives's tale is that it is more difficult to potty train boys than girls. This rumor actually is just that - a rumor! The key to successful toilet training is actually the readiness of the parent, the readiness of the child, the dedication to the task, and the method used.

Standing or Sitting? Can a Woman Teach a Boy?

In an ideal world, men would train boys to be able to teach by example. This is not always a realistic possibility, however, and women are certainly equally capable of training their little boys. I generally recommend teaching your little boy to first pee while sitting down. A useful method to prevent "over spray" is to teach him to "tuck it" down while sitting. Urine splash guards sometimes are useful, but I've heard many a story about them dislodging, failing to work, and even causing minor scrape injuries.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Win a Pot-Tee Prize Kit!

Here's some information on how to win a potty training kit by Pot-Tee Prize Potty Training System:

Hosting Site: Two Of A Kind, Working On A Full House
Prize: Pot-Tee Prize Potty Training System
How to Enter: Comment with who you will give it to
Ends 12/17
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Link to the contest: http://twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.blogspot.com/2008/12/pot-tee-prize-potty-training-system.html

Do-N-Slide Picture To-Do Lists - Visual Aids for Potty Training

Here is a great visual aid for potty training - the "Do-N-Slide" with Potty Training pack. I can see this product being useful for all parents - however, parents of children with Down Syndrome or Autism might find it especially useful.

The Do-N-Slide is a product that allows parent to help parents help themselves by using visual aids to clearly define a set list of activities or tasks that need to be completed. (In the left column is the "To Do" tasks, and in the right column the "All Done") Your child simply slides the visual reminder from the left to the right after the activity is completed.

What makes Do-N-Slide so fabulous is its versatility, and the abundance of situations it which it can be used to help both children and parents. Just some of the ways it may help you in your home are:

Help your child learn one or many new routines

Reduce your child's resistance when its time to change activities or environments

Boost your child's confidence by providing them with a means to complete activities independently

Advance your young child's ability to use and understand language

Improve your child's understanding of organizing and sequencing - a prerequisite to improved reading and writing skills

At last!...you can stop repeating yourself!

The Potty Training Pack includes the following tasks: go to bathroom (girl sitting) - go to bathroom (boy sitting) - go to bathroom (boy standing) - bathroom - clean diaper wipe - dry panties - dry underwear - turn on faucet - turn off faucet - dry hands - flush - lift seat - seat down - underwear down - underwear up - pants down - pants up - potty - wash hands

Do-N-SlideTM is a remarkable tool that can be used by both parents and children. It is made from die-cut cardboard materials - similar to children's board-books, but 3-ply for strength and durability.

Do-N-SlideTM has 2 columns, a 'To-Do' column, and an 'All Done' column, and allows the child to simply slide picture cards across the board from one position to the other. There are 6 slider partitions in all - one for the day of the week, and 5 for the picture cards that represent activities or steps within an activity that the board is being used to display.

The picture cards can represent a multitude of things, including, but not limited to: activities to be completed (getting some help around the house), or a new skill to be taught (potty training). In addition, the picture cards can be arranged in any order, changed daily with ease, and most importantly - used to represent whatever it is that YOUR CHILD is learning!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Toddler and Childhood Constipation

Below is a link to an article about childhood constipation: it's causes, symptoms, and various remedies.

Children often become constipated for a variety of reasons. One might be as simple as the fact that the child doesn't want to take time away from fun activities to go use the bathroom. For some children, a previously painful bowel movement can create fear and avoidance of having another.

Causes Of Childhood Constipation

Diet & Nutrition, Lack of Exercise, Emotional Upsets and Anxiety, Holding stools, Prescription Drugs, and less common causes of constipation such as depression, attention deficit disorders, and sexual abuse.

Constipation Symptoms

Less than 1 bowel movement per day, Stools that are hard and difficult to pass, headaches, fatigue and/or depression, accidental fecal soiling, or abdominal pain near or around the navel. Also bed-wetting, decreased appetite and nausea.

Constipation can undermine the whole body and it is now known that irregular bowel movements are directly related to serious health conditions. Constipation does not have to be a problem if you will practice prevention with your children and implement the suggestions found in this article. Regular bowel movements are an important mechanism for removing toxins from the body and thus keeping the body healthy. Remember: Prevention is always the key. As always, if severe symptoms persist, do not hesitate to see your healthcare professional.

Children Get Constipated, Too

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