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Few benefits seen in early toilet training

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | (UPI) -- Doctors see few benefits in trying to toilet train a child younger than 27 months of age.

In their study, scientists at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found the younger children took longer to become toilet trained and were not more likely to complete training earlier than children who started at a later age.

The researchers studied 378 Philadelphia families, focusing on intensive toilet training, defined as asking the child to use the toilet more than three times per day.

"Though we did not find more toilet training problems in the younger children, we found no clear benefit to beginning training earlier than 27 months," said Dr. Nathan Blum, developmental pediatrician and lead study author.

"In fact, earlier training is likely to take longer, which can be frustrating for both parent and child."

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