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Alguma vez pensou como é que os bebés aprendiam a controlar as necessidades fisiológicas antes de haver fraldas, ou como é que ainda hoje fazem em países ou tribos onde não há fraldas?
Saiba que existe um método adotado por um número crescente de mães e pais, incluindo médicos, que é semelhante ao usado desde há séculos em todo o mundo.
Na última consulta, a Pediatra disse-nos para começarmos a sentar a nossa filha e nós pensamos: porque não começar a senta-la na sanita ou no bacio/penico?, sempre que detetamos aquela expressão facial, aqueles sons e o contorcer do corpo, que qualquer mãe ou pai presentes e atentos, depressa percebem.
Desde o início que começamos a perceber que se colocássemos a nossa bebé no muda fraldas e fossemos pacientes para aguardar, ela, por vezes, fazia as suas necessidades fisiológicas antes de voltarmos a colocar a nova fralda. Já era uma poupança e até contribuíamos para a redução da Pegada Ecológica, comportamento fundamental para melhorar o ambiente que deixamos aos nossos filhos.
Vai daí que, começamos a pesquisar os tempos e métodos mais apropriados para ir preparando a nossa bebé para o bacio ou sanita. Foi assim que descobrimos o método da Higiene Natural do Bebé sem (ou com) fraldas, também conhecido por "Elimination Communication (EC)" ou "Natural Infant Hygiene, and Infant Potty Training"
Trata-se de um método que permite começar, desde logo, a trabalhar e a treinar com bebés de colo, com vista a que deixem, o mais breve possível, o uso das fraldas. Há especialistas, incluído médicos, que aconselham esta prática entre o nascimento e o início da locomoção (idealmente por volta dos 5 a 6 meses de idade), sendo também ideal para trabalhar bebés mais crescidos, que têm maior dificuldade em aprender a usar a sanita com redutor ou o bacio/penico.
O processo depende muito mais do trabalho de equipa (dos pais com o bebé) e da respetiva comunicação e inter-relação, do que propiamente com aquilo que denominamos por "treino". Ou seja, a tentativa ou insistência sucessiva, sem método de comunicação e de interação com o bebé, não é suficiente e chega mesmo a ser desgastante para os pais e para o bebé. A observação e a comunicação são a chave mestra para que pais e filhos compreendam as necessidades fisiológicas e a forma natural de as praticar.
Há quem defenda que a característica mais importante deste método esteja relacionada com o facto dos pais começarem a trabalhar este método ainda antes do bebé conseguir manter-se sentado. Enquanto muitos pais gastam demasiado tempo e dinheiro em muda continuada de fraldas, descurando ou desconhecendo que os bebés aprendem depressa muitas coisas, inclusive a realização das necessidades fisiológicas na forma e local mais higiénico, nem que seja no jardim ou quintal.
Este método é de muito difícil aplicação quando os pais se vêem obrigados a depositar os bebés na creche, sendo por isso importante refletir sobre a licença parental, sobre a responsabilidade social e ecológica e sobre a vida mais natural.
Segue-se informação fundamentada sobre diferentes métodos (em breve será disponibilizada a tradução)
Toilet training is felt to be a natural process that occurs with development, yet very little scientific information is available for the physicians who care for children. In reality, toilet training is a complex process that can be affected by anatomic, physiologic and behavioural conditions. Accepted norms of toilet training relate more to cultural differences than scientific evidence. Despite this, parents continue to approach their family physicians and pediatricians for advice about toilet training. This article summarizes the most common methods of toilet training and provides an overview of the literature in an attempt to help physicians provide advice to their patients.
Methods of toilet training have fluctuated over the last 100 years from passive and lacking in structure, to coercive and regimented, to child-oriented and semistructured. The first description of a standardized method of toilet training was published in 1962 by Brazelton. He developed a “child readiness” approach, which was child-focused and unregimented. The children started training at 18 months of age, and, in a group of 1170 children, daytime continence was achieved by a mean age of 28.5 months.1 Children were considered “ready” to start training when they were physiologically capable of the process and when the child and parent were emotionally ready. Both the child and parent needed to be interested and had to be in a social situation where toilet training was possible. The child required some degree of bowel and bladder control, identified by the ability to suppress reflexes of the bladder and bowel, and had to have the neurologic capability to cooperate, as seen in children who can perform basic gross motor skills.
Spock discussed toilet training in Baby and Child Care,published in 1968. Like Brazelton, Spock recommended a child-oriented approach, starting when the child displayed signs of readiness.2He was opposed to absolute rules that could result in behavioural problems.
In 1973, Foxx and Azrin published a method that was structured and parent-oriented.3 This method still required the child to be physiologically and psychologically ready. The authors used predefined tasks to ascertain whether the child was ready. Once readiness was determined, a four-step method was used that included increased intake of fluids, scheduled toileting, positive reinforcement and overcorrection of accidents. Two small studies of 34 and 49 children used this method, and children who had passed the readiness test were trained in a mean of 4.5 hours.3,4
Other methods that have emerged include the very early approach of assisted toilet training in infants,5 operant conditioning and the daytime wetting alarm.6 Early training of infants begins when the infant is two to three weeks of age. The infant is placed on the toilet after a meal and whenever the parent thinks the child may need to evacuate his or her bowel or bladder. The parent makes a noise that is linked to elimination and conditions the child to evacuate with the noise. Variations in this method of toilet training of infants exist, including the three-phase approach and elimination communication. Benefits of these methods include cost savings, limitation of pollution and improvement of comfort. There are no studies evaluating these methods.
Operant conditioning is a component of other training methods; however, this specific approach is based on both positive and negative reinforcement. Dryness is rewarded with affection, toys or candy, and accidents are dealt with through punishment or lack of positive attention. The daytime wetting alarm is a device that is attached to the diaper and rings when wet. Parents are asked to place their child on the toilet when the device rings.
In 2006, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a systematic review evaluating the evidence for methods of toilet training.7Only three trials included in the review involved healthy children, and none of those three trials directly compared the two most common methods by Brazelton, and Foxx and Azrin. In a randomized trial involving 71 children, the method by Foxx and Azrin performed better than the method by Spock.8 Another trial randomly assigned 406 children to groups and found that the avoidance of negative terms in relation to defecation in addition to the Brazelton method was better than the Brazelton method alone.9 In a randomized study involving only 10 children, the method by Foxx and Azrin was used. Children whose mothers were supervised by an experienced trainer had improved results compared with children whose mothers only read a book.10
Since the 2006 systematic review,7 only one small trial has been published that compared the daytime wetting alarm with simple timed toileting; the study found the alarm to be more successful than simple timed toileting.6
Despite the lack of evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society recommend a child-oriented approach based on expert opinion. They advise starting when the child is 18 months of age and suggest that the child must be interested in the process.11,12
Adverse events that are discussed in association with toilet training include toileting refusal for stool, withholding of stool, encopresis, hiding while defecating and urinary disorders of elimination. Only a few studies identified in the 2006 systematic review addressed adverse outcomes.7Brazelton reported a 1.4% incidence of problems after five years of age using his child-oriented method, and Fox and Azrin did not report on adverse events.1,3 One retrospective case–control study of 4332 children found that children who had symptoms of incontinence or infections were more likely to have been rewarded and punished during toilet training, whereas children with no symptoms of the lower urinary tract were more likely to have been encouraged by their parents to try again later.13
A common question asked is when to begin toilet training. Bakker and colleagues and Taubman and coauthors found a higher incidence of incontinence and urinary tract infections when children were trained later (Bakker > 18 mo; Taubman > 42 mo).9,13 Blum and colleagues concluded that toilet training at a younger age (18–26 mo) was associated with a longer training interval but no adverse events.14 More recently, a case–control study and found that toilet training after 32 months was associated with a higher incidence of urge incontinence.15 However, the mean ages may not be clinically significant at 31.7 months in children with incontinence and 28.7 months in controls.
Several groups of authors have found that age at toilet training was not a predictor in children with urologic problems.16–18Finally, Joinson and colleagues, who published the only study using regression analysis to evaluate age at toilet training, found that training after 24 months was associated with higher odds of daytime wetting.19
Various methods exist to toilet train children and most start with an evaluation of the readiness of the child. There is no level-1 evidence to prove which method is best. There is little information about long-term harm associated with toilet training. However, there is some evidence to suggest that more disorders of elimination may develop in children who toilet train late. In the absence of evidence, the treating physician must rely on expert opinion and should turn to the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics for advice for patients that is unlikely to cause harm.
Competing interests: None declared.
This article was solicited and has not been peer reviewed.