Potty Training – Toilet Related Injuries in Toddlers

As potty training advances a natural progression to the toilet becomes necessary.

Most parents will readily agree that potty training is very much a learning curve for both parents and child; and the degree of difficulty varies as no two children are alike.

People worldwide view videos of children getting stuck in the toilet seat which seems funny at the time but too few know the result can be a nasty to severe injury.

The young child competent in potty training is placed on the toilet and partially slips through the toilet seat so as to get stuck in the seat, predominantly waist level at the back and the bended knee joint at the front.

The child is pulled free of the seat but the damage has already been done – the child has had a sudden acute lower back injury.

Toilet Injury 1.
• Medical examination shows a strain to the ligaments in the lower back
Symptoms of this potty training toilet injury vary as to the severity of injury and may include:
Pain and tenderness that is worse with movement
Swelling and bruising
Normal or limited muscle movement
A bulge or deformity at the site of a complete tear
Recovery time for a muscle strain can vary depending upon a person’s age, health and the type and severity of the strain. While a minor strain often heals well with home treatment, a severe strain may require medical treatment. If a severe strain is not treated a person may have long-term pain, limited movement and deformity.

At this point, potty training may experience a disruption.

Toilet Injury 2.
• Medical examination shows a sprain to the ligaments of the lower back.

Symptoms of this type of potty training toilet injury may exhibit symptoms much like those of a broken bone.

Recovery time for a sprain can vary depending upon a person’s age, health and the severity of the sprain. A minor sprain in a healthy person may heal in a few days to a few weeks. A severe sprain can take several months to heal and never heal completely, resulting in long-term pain, limited movement, deformity and instability of the joint, and repeated injuries.

First aid for a sprain includes rest, immobilization, ice, compression and elevation. While a minor sprain will often heal well with home treatment, a moderate to severe sprain may require medical treatment such as a cast or splint, physical therapy, medication or surgery. A cast or splint is not appropriate for this type of injury so traction often results.

Now potty training has a significant setback because of reluctance to exert any pressure on the injured area.

Toilet Injury 3.
• Medical examination shows a herniated disc in the lower back.

The disc is a spongy, gel – like ligament between each vertebrae of the spine which acts as a shock absorber preventing spinal injury like crush fracture.
Sudden spinal injury or trauma can cause tiny tears or cracks in the hard outer layer of the disc. When this happens, the gel inside the disc can be forced out through the tears or cracks in the outer layer. This causes the disc to bulge, break open or break into pieces.

Symptoms and effects of this potty training toilet injury are extremely serious.

When a herniated disc presses on nerve roots it can cause pain, numbness and weakness in the area of the body where the nerve travels. In the lower back, pain and numbness in the buttock and down the leg is typical and referred to or diagnosed as sciatica.

In some cases, though rare, there may be weakness and numbness in both legs and loss of control over bladder and bowel functions.

Confirmation of a herniated disc is usually done by CT scan and/or MRI scan.

A herniated disc will take weeks to months to heal through combinations of bed rest, physical therapy, hydrotherapy, light exercise, pain medication and application of heat and ice though if the disc is broken into pieces, surgery usually results with the fusing of the vertebrae where the disc once was, resulting in permanent limited movement and in most cases, chronic pain.
• Medication cannot cure a herniated disc – it can only assist with pain (prescribed pain killers) and swelling (prescribed anti-inflammatory).

Should this injury be the outcome, all potty training has effectively been negated.

In any one of these injuries that can and do happen, all progress can and will stop putting the child into a state of potty training regression.

The LupiLu potty training toilet seat can prevent all three of the above mentioned accidents from happening.

This dual action toilet seat is manufactured in durable polyurethane and replaces any ordinary toilet seat within minutes – no handyman is required.

The bottom layer is a normal adult sized seat; the toddler seat is perfectly proportioned to hold a child from 18 months to 5 years old which make its use an ideal method for potty training. All layers, including the lid feature a soft close mechanism. One gentle push of any layer or lid sets the mechanism to close slowly and automatically which eliminates the possibility of little fingers being trapped and using the toddler seat completely eliminates the possibility of a young child slipping through and becoming trapped in an adult sized seat.

This product is extremely durable, very hygienic as every part of it is accessible for cleaning, it will not warp or split by being exposed to cleaning materials and the potty training toddler seat is so well shaped, in the event of an adult inadvertently using the seat, it won’t break and there will be no spillage onto the floor.

Potty training is an essential part of a child’s growth and the transition from potty to toilet can be made much safer with the LupiLu seat.

However, given this seat’s attractive design and robust form, it makes a lot of sense potty training the child directly on the toilet which effectively transforms potty training from inconvenience into an enhanced family friendly bathroom.

Parents, please remember that potty training is a crucial part of your child’s development and should be taken seriously.

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Choosing Elementary School Photographers – Part I

If you look on the wall of any mother’s home you will find cherished memories framed for every year. No matter how silly the photo, school photographs are remembered for a lifetime. Like most things that have a deep rooted tradition, technology has made elementary school pictures much more exciting. Many schools go with the traditional school pose for their fall program. But did you know a lot of schools use spring pictures as a fundraiser and have fun doing it?

Things to Consider when Choosing an Elementary School Photographer

Before you can think about how school photography can be a great fundraiser, you first have to choose the right photographer. For school photographers in San Diego, most decisions are made by the administrative staff, while others are left to the PTO or PTA. However, with school staffs being spread so thin these days, many schools are leaving the decision to the PTO.

There are so many school photographers available today that the decision to choose a school photographer can be a difficult one. A school photographer in San Diego is going to have a different program than a local company in a small town.

Listen to word of mouth. Good school photographers will have people talking about them. They will also have a good selection of experienced, professional school photographers to run your school picture day. It is always good to take a look at the company’s website to see their overall philosophy.

Something else to consider when choosing a photographer is who is actually taking the school pictures. You might want to ask for sample pictures taken by the actual photographers who will be at your school picture day. Many schools ask to meet the photographers who will be working at their school, which isn’t a bad idea. You want a photographer who will allow the kids to relax, because when kids are relaxed they take better pictures. This in turn leads to parents who are satisfied with their school pictures.

Another consideration when selecting a photography company is how much work will be required of the school. Many companies provide all the staff needed for picture day and require no volunteers from the school. When a company takes most of the work off of the school they are well valued.

Other photographers prefer teacher and parent volunteer involvement on picture day. There is a rational explanation for this, that the parents and staff know the students better. However, if your photographer is experienced in taking elementary school pictures, the kids will warm up to them very quickly. Plus, parents are not experienced in running a school picture day, that should be the job of the school photographer.