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Lakartidningen. 2001 Jul 11;98(28-29):3216-9.

[Early potty training advantageous in bladder dysfunction. Decreases the risk of urinary infection].

[Article in Swedish]

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Barnurologiska sektionen, Drottning Silvias barn- och ungdomssjukhus, och institutionen för omvårdnad, Göteborgs universitet.


The time when we start potty training has become increasingly postponed. This paper discusses the possible negative consequences of this social situation. Depending on the child's maturity, bladder control could be defined as anything from "continence with support of an adult before the age of one year" to "independent social control, unobtainable in our culture before the child is 4 years of age". In toddlers suffering from bladder dysfunction, the impact of potty training improves bladder emptying, decreasing residual urine and resultant urinary tract infection. In toddlers with anatomical and functional anomalies of the urinary tract, early potty training is recommended.

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