June 14, 2023 | 1:32 PM
If your child knows how to play with an iPad, they know how to use the toilet.
Swiss teachers complain that too many students wear diapers in class because they don’t know how to use the toilet.
Dagmar Rössler, president of the Swiss Federation of Teachers, told the Swiss newspaper 20 Minutes: “Children are now in school from the age of four, so in reality some may still be in diapers.” Told.
“It’s a worrying trend for 11-year-olds to come to school in diapers.”
Many toddlers become so accustomed to wearing diapers that they lose interest in transitioning from the convenient but unsanitary method.
The average age for potty training a child is 18 months At 24 months, many parents seem to be avoiding training sessions, according to the Mayo Clinic.
“Some parents leave diapers alone because they’re a convenient comfort,” says educational scientist Marguerite Stamm. “It sends the completely wrong message.”
Child development expert Rita Mesmer said there was a “surge” in children wearing diapers at school during her Sontag era, noting that there are 11-year-old patients who have not been taught how to go to the bathroom on their own. clarified.
Children’s lack of knowledge is a burden for many teachers who have to help students with soaking diapers.
“Parents have a responsibility to make sure their school-aged children are diaper-free. Teachers aren’t there to change students’ diapers. That’s crossing the line,” Ressler said. rice field.
The problem is widespread in Switzerland, but in Buffalo, New York, there have been reports of parents not teaching their children how to use the toilet.
“The teachers’ aides here say it’s not their fault.” [to change diapers]Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumor told WBUR in 2019.
Teachers have lost patience with dirty diapers and unwilling parents to teach their children.
“We don’t have policies or procedures in place to work with children to potty train them or clean up in the event of an accident,” Rumor said. “Teachers can’t do that because it interferes with the lesson.”
The Buffalo Teachers Federation reported that 43 children were not potty trained effectively, leading to accidents and teasing from classmates.
“I don’t blame the parents … because some kids have autism, others have emotional and physical problems,” Rumor added.
Some children who suffer from medical conditions may end up using diapers because they have limited bowel options.
Parents.com experts advise families to look out for signs that indicate your toddler is ready to use the potty.
Those cues are whether you want to upgrade to “big kid” underwear, understand when your diaper gets dirty, and make a facial expression when you leave.
One TikTok mom claimed to have noticed these signs very early on and potty trained her 6-month-old son.
“While I was going to the doctor, Squeally told me for the first time that I had to go to the bathroom!” the proud mother captioned the video. “he signs [in sign language] Or growl to let me know when you have to go! ”