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A Descriptive Study to Assess the Knowledge Regarding Toilet Training among Mothers of Toddlers

Annamreddi Leelavathi


Introduction: Bowel and bladder control is a necessary social skill. Teaching child to use the toilet takes time, understanding and patience. Toilet training is the process of teaching young children to control timing of bladder and bowel movements and to use the toilet. It is one of the first steps that children take to become self-sufficient. All children manage to acquire the necessary control eventually, but difficulty involved is a major concern for parents and causes conflicts within the family. The objectives of the study were to assess the level of knowledge regarding toilet training among mothers of toddlers and to associate the level of knowledge of toddler mothers with their selected demographic variables. Materials and Methods: Research approach was quantitative and research design was descriptive research design. 30 samples who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were selected by non-probability convenient sampling technique. The tool used for the data collection comprises of 2 sections: Section A – demographic variables; Section B – A structured questionnaire to assess the knowledge on toilet training among mothers of toddlers. Data collected were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: the analysis reveals that 70% (21) mothers of toddlers have inadequate knowledge; 30% (9) have moderate knowledge; 0 % (0) have adequate knowledge. There is a significant association found between the “Age, educational status and occupation of the mother” with knowledge. Conclusion: The study findings concludes that majority mothers of toddlers 70% (21) have inadequate knowledge. The nurse administrator should plan to conduct regular camps on toilet training practices in community to initiate healthy toilet training practices.

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