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Toilet Training

Successful toilet training involves recognizing the signs that a child needs to use the toilet. Most children will grunt, squat, show strained facial expressions, or stop moving. When this happens, ask the child if he/she needs to use the toilet and help him/her understand the connection between the feeling and having to go. Helping children learn early to identify the feeling they are about to eliminate will help you get them to the toilet in time.

The potty chair or potty attachment seat must be comfortable. If using a potty attachment seat, choose one with a footrest that allows children to sit comfortably on the toilet and push during bowel movements. Avoid urine deflectors. They can cause injury to children when they climb on and off the potty. Have children practice getting on and off potty chairs or toilet attachment seats with their clothes on before they use either device unclothed.

Toilet training books can be used to help children understand the toilet training process. These books also help children realize that everyone had to learn how to use the toilet at one time or another.

Getting children to the toilet in time is no easy task, and it should not be further complicated by having to take a lot of time getting clothes off. Encourage parents to dress their children in pants that can be easily pulled down. It is better if they avoid clothing with snaps, buttons, zippers, or belts. During the initial toilet training phase, it is wise to use disposable training pants or diapers. After children have successfully used the potty consistently suggest the parents switch their child to cloth training pants.

Getting on and off a potty chair or potty attachment seat can be frightening for children. Be there to help them, and stay with them while they are trying to go. Reading to them can remove some of the pressure of "having to perform."

Bowel movements usually occur once a day, often 15 to 30 minutes after eating or taking a bath. Ask children several times during the day if they have to go, but do not pressure them. Take them to the potty chair or toilet seat often during the day and have them sit there for a short time, but not for long. After five minutes, help them down and reward them if they were successful. If they were not successful, tell them that they can try again later. It is common for children to have accidents immediately after leaving the toilet. If this happens, try not to show disappointment, and never show anger.

Start children out with proper toilet hygiene by teaching them how to correctly wipe, flush, dress, and wash their hands. Girls should be taught to wipe from front to back to prevent bladder infections. Always have children wash their hands with soap and water even if the toilet experience was not successful. Doing so reinforces the hand-washing habit.



ST. LOUIS ( -- 

The Missouri Hospital Association wants the state's hospitals to prepare for more COVID-19 patients as the Delta variant is driving a second surge, with hospitalizations expected to reach levels higher than before during the pandemic.

Missouri launches vaccine incentive program; here's how you can enter to win $10,000

Missouri launches vaccine incentive program; here's how you can enter to win $10,000

Missouri's Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program that could put $10,000 in the pocket of vaccinated Missourians. Parson unveiled the perks for getting vaccinated at a Wednesday press conference in his Capitol office.

The warning comes as Missouri's infection rate continues to climb at a faster pace than it did last summer, driven by the Delta variant.

"Be prepared because Delta moves quickly through communities and infected patients, with the progression to severe illness requiring ventilation or resulting in death occurring much more rapidly than with previous variants of the virus, and among younger patients," the association said in a press release.

According to Missouri's health department data, it took less than two months for hospitalizations to increase from 86 to more than 500 in the southwest region of the state, a 509% increase. It took nine months last year after the first confirmed case for the southwest region to see 500 COVID-19 patients.

The hospital association says the Delta variant and increased transmission for the virus is moving beyond the southwest region. The central region added 276 cases per 100,000 residents last week; the association says that's exactly where the southwest region was just two weeks prior.

Hospitals struggled with personal protective equipment and bed shortages last year, but these aren't as much of a concern right now. The big obstacle is the staffing, and the association said traveling respiratory therapists are "virtually impossible to find."

As of Wednesday, 57.1% of Missouri's adults have had at least one vaccine dose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges at least a 70% vaccine rate to control and prevent high transmission. The CDC reports 68.4% of American adults have had one dose, and 59.6% are fully vaccinated.

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Tips for Parents Educational Things

Here's a tip for parents as you drive, play the game we use to play as a kid, "Drivetime fun time".

This is the game where you count the cars, colors etc. This challenges your child mine with remembering, math and language.