“It is important that the children be allowed uninhibited voiding at least up to the age of 2 years, so that the bladders have maximum growth and if they are trained earlier it is quite probable that they would develop the habit of holding pee, poop or both.
Doting the kids does not mean that they should be without diapers and be subjected to early potty trainings. Children in diapers remain uninhibited as they can pee and poop when they feel like doing so. But kids without diapers develop the dangerous habit of holding pee and poop as long as they can.
A study was conducted at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on toilet training habit and its consequences by dividing 112 children between 3 and 10 years into three categories such as the first early training before two years, the second having normal training between the age of 2 and 3 years and the third have late training after the age of three years.
Sixty percent of the children who had early training had daytime wetting problems. They also had more than three times increased risk of daytime wetness as compared to the normal group who had potty training between 2 and 3 years.
According to Steve Hodges, M.D., the associate professor of pediatric urology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, “Parents who start training the children early for meeting the preschool requirements and also to get relief from changing diapers or who think that it is easy to train toddlers should know that there can be serious consequences.”
The study also found that out of the 10 children who were trained after the age of 3, seven also had daytime wetting problems which first seemed to be misleading but further investigation proved that these seven has constipation that often remains undetected and this created the problem.
Another spokesman who preferred to remain away for publicity “No magic is associated with the age of two, if the parents opt to train early or late and take due care and attention to be sure that children void on a regular schedule and monitor them for signs of constipation, the incidence of voiding dysfunction that leads to wetting problems would definitely decrease.”
Moreover, a child must be physically and emotionally ready to start potty training. As every child is different, toilet training becomes a long and frustrating process if it is started before the child is ready.”