Toilet Training in Children Essay

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The Restraint Project UNSW Toilet training in Australia: 2010 Toilet training of infants and children in Australia: 2010 parental attitudes and practices Anna Christie B Juris LLB (UNSW) , MPA (U Syd), M Env Law (USyd) Research completed under a grant from The Australian Research Council, under the umbrella of The Restraint Project Lead Investigator Professor James Franklin, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW Euphemistically named “pull-ups” are a visually engaging and increasingly engineered sanitary product designed to capture a market that less than one generation ago was toilet trained at the age of the girl pictured on the packaging. This product is aimed at children 3-4 years of age (average weight/age charts show only the largest 3 year olds to reach 17 kilos). It is right that excessive taboos about sanitary products should be avoided, but nappy advertising and packaging like this appear to be advocating the fun, confidence building and lifestyle advantages of the products. The claim that they are “training pants” in any way is unsupported. The child is portrayed as happy. In effect, the product symbolises the abandonment of toilet training in Australia today. 1 The Restraint Project UNSW Toilet training in Australia: 2010 Introduction 5 1.1Background story 5 1.2 Why do we care whether toilet training is occurring later? 6 1.2.1Epidemiological concerns such as the rise in lower urinary tract dysfunction 1.2.2 Waste and environmental concerns 1.2.3 Philosophical and ideological factors 1.2.4 Phenomenon now spreads to newly developed countries 6 7 7 7 1.3 The Restraint Project survey of parents, 2009-2010 7 1.4 Key questions we asked 2. When is daytime toilet training being completed? 8 10 2.1 Average age toilet training achieved 2.2 Age toilet training achieved boys (day) 2.3 Age toilet training achieved girls (day) 2.4

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