Boys injured in toilet training
8,600 boys hurt in ‘genital crush’ accidents by toilet seats.
It’s not easy learning to wee in a toilet, especially if you’re a boy. A study has now revealed that boys under the age of seven are the ones most likely to be hurt in what is known as “genital crush” incidents which occur when the toilet seat falls down and traps the penis, according to Raw Story.

The study tracked ER visits in the US between 2002 and 2010 and found that although uncommon, incidents of genital crush are on the rise at a rate of around 100 per year, and that 97% of these cases involve boys under the age of seven- typically the age when boys are learning to use a toilet and lack the reflexes to avoid being struck by a heavy ceramic or wooden toilet seat that doesn’t stay put.

The injuries caused to the genitals are evidently not too serious and these boys recover, however the authors of the study remain concerned about the possible mental trauma which may result, especially when these children are learning to use a toilet properly.

How to avoid a sore penis

If you’re preparing to toilet train your child and want to avoid a traumatic incident such as genital crush, the author of the study recommends steering clear of heavy wooden or ceramic seats, and fitting either a lightweight seat or a “slow close”/ “soft fall” seat which will prevent a sudden slamming action. Another option is the u-shaped seat. Also consider monitoring your child during the training period, as toilets may even be a drowning hazard.

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