Age of Initiation and the Factors Associated with Toilet Training in Healthy Saudi Children

  • Hamdan H. Al-Hazmi King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Fahad A. Al-Yami King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Raed M. Almannie King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Jawaher S. Al-Emran King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mashael A. Hussain King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Rana F. Alhumaemydi King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sara S. Aljebrin King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Aljohara K. Aldhaish King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mahmoud S. Trbay King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Toilet training; Educational status; Child development; Training activity; Age of onset

Abstract

With the appropriate knowledge of the age to initiate toilet training and acknowledging the factors that influence it, parents can prevent many health issues related to voiding. Our study aimed to determine the average age of the initiation of toilet training among Saudi children and the factors that may affect this training. This study was carried out by distributing questionnaires to mothers who attended various clinics in our institute. A sample included 1000 healthy Saudi children. The mean age of the initiation of toilet training in healthy children was 25.6 ± 9.4 months while the median was 24 months, the mean duration of training was 6.3 ± 9.1 months. Most children (92%) were trained in the summer months. Mother’s educational level, number of siblings, and socioeconomic status were significant factors that affected the age of initiation. However, mother’s occupation, caregiver, and the order and gender of the child did not have a significant effect on the initiation of toilet training. The median age of toilet training among our children matched other studies. Summer seems to be the preferred season to initiate training.

 

Author Biographies

Hamdan H. Al-Hazmi, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine and  King Saud University Medical City

 

Fahad A. Al-Yami, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine and King Saud University Medical City

 

Raed M. Almannie, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine and King Saud University Medical City

 

Jawaher S. Al-Emran, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Medical Student, College of Medicine

 

Mashael A. Hussain, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Medical Student, College of Medicine

 

Rana F. Alhumaemydi, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Medical Student, College of Medicine

 

Sara S. Aljebrin, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Medical Student, College of Medicine

 

Aljohara K. Aldhaish, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Medical Student, College of Medicine

 

Mahmoud S. Trbay, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, College of Medicine and King Saud University Medical City

 

Published
2018-04-01
How to Cite
Al-Hazmi, H., Al-Yami, F., Almannie, R., Al-Emran, J., Hussain, M., Alhumaemydi, R., Aljebrin, S., Aldhaish, A., & Trbay, M. (2018). Age of Initiation and the Factors Associated with Toilet Training in Healthy Saudi Children. Journal of King Abdulaziz University - Medical Sciences, 25(1), 15-22. Retrieved from http://jkaumedsci.org.sa/index.php/jkaumedsci/article/view/550
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