For children not able to use a standard toilet, a commode may be required. Commodes tend to have a slide-in pan and often postural support provided by a lap strap, harnesses or hip/trunk support pads. They are available in mobile, static and multi-function models.
Also included here are potty chairs. They are comprised of a standard potty inserted into a chair frame to provide a higher sitting position and better all round support than a standard floor-sitting potty
Reasons for children not being able to use a standard toilet and using a commode or potty instead include:
Assisting a child with toileting can cause back strain. Read our tips on reducing back strain for parents and carers.
When considering equipment for the toilet, an individual assessment with an occupational therapist may be appropriate. Your child's safety is very important and there may be individual factors which determine what equipment best suits your child's needs. The information on this site is not a substitute for individual assessment.
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