Doctors Recommend Leaving It Up

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Health & Safety: Toddlers & Preschoolers

A toilet seatThe next time you complain about the toilet seat being left up, consider this: if you've got a little man in the house, putting it down could pose a hazard to his, um, well, little manhood. British doctors found several cases of boys between the ages of two and four with penis-crush injuries severe enough to require an overnight stay in the hospital. The cause? Heavy wooden and ornamental toilet seats falling down on their just-trained equipment.

In each case, doctors found that that the toddlers, newly potty trained, had lifted the toilet seat which then fell back down crushing their penises. Luckily, none of the boys suffered permanent damage and were able to return home the next day. The doctors note that these injuries should serve as a warning both at home and when traveling.

Dr. Joe Philip, one of the doctors reporting on the issue, says that "As Christmas approaches many families will be visiting relatives and friends and their recently toilet-trained toddlers will be keen to show how grown up they are by going to the toilet on their own. It is important that parents check out the toilet seats in advance, not to mention the ones they have in their own homes, and accompany their children if necessary."

The doctors have some advice for keeping your toddlers safe: install toilet seats that fall slowly, get rid of heavy toilet seats, and leave the toilet seat in the raised position. Sure, it might not be ideal for the ladies in the house, but isn't your little guy's little guy worth it?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.