Late potty training can lead to bladder problems

Many health experts advise parents to start potty training their children from the age of two onwards.

But researchers based in Canada say this could be too late, and that toddlers should start potty training when they are just 18 months old.

Children who are potty trained earlier, say the researchers, are less likely to have ‘accidents’ when they start school. The report, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, also backs up earlier studies that suggest children who are potty trained later are more likely to suffer from bladder infections than those who have learned how to control their bladders earlier.

These days, however, teachers in the UK are reportedly complaining that some children are starting school before they have been properly potty trained.