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Reader Stories: Potty Training With an Ostomy

When you have an ostomy (a urostomy, a colostomy, or an ileostomy), potty training a child has special challenges. How do you demonstrate to the toddler how they should use a toilet when you yourself use a toilet somewhat differently? Are children worried or concerned that they themselves will one day have an ostomy? How do you respond to their questions about the differences in people's anatomy?

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Did you follow any particular advice to begin potty training?
Your child is bound to notice your ostomy appliance -- how did you address this?

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What tips would you offer to someone with an ostomy who is just starting to train their child?

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