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Toilet training diary


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How to use this diary

Remember to fill this diary in every day. It provides important information for you and your doctor.


Aim for 3 sits each day. Sits are usually best after breakfast, after school (or mid afternoon at weekends), and after tea.

Use a small footstool if your child’s feet don’t reach the floor while seated on the toilet.

Write the time suggested by your doctor for each sit on top of the left page for each month. The time may be reduced or increased later depending on progress.

Set the time on an oven clock or other timer so there are no arguments about when time is up. Listening to a book or tape may help encourage the sitting. However a small ‘push’ from time to time may help the poo out.

If your child has a poo within approximately the 1st minute of the sit continue the sit for the full time because another poo may appear.

For every sit on the toilet put a tick ✔

If your child has a poo in the toilet at that time also add a star ⭐

Extra stars

Award extra stars for a poo on the toilet outside the regular sit times.

Accident free days

Place a star ⭐ for each accident free day. Leave blank if an accident occurs.


Write in an abbreviation of the name of the medicines you have given with the amount in mls. For example: ‘L10, S10, __ ___ L10, S10’ could indicate lactulose 10mls (or 2 teaspoons) and senna 10mls, morning and evening. While the dose stays the same just add a tick to indicate the medicine has been given.


Write in any useful information in this column.

Be positive and flexible

This program works very well for families who stick to the routine and keep their child’s morale high with lots of positive encouragement and support. Don’t be too disappointed if accidents happen again and again. Try to use the diary to understand why the accident might have occurred. Over a period of time you may find it possible to modify the dose of some medicines to suit your child.


Please do not radically change or stop medicines without advice from the clinic. It is easy for constipation to recur.

Example of completed diary

A labelled example of completed training diary

Toilet training diary.pdf (185.96 KB)

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: CON3

Resource Type: pdf

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