Volume 97, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Indiscriminate defecation among young children and the unsafe disposal of their feces increases fecal contamination in the household environment and the risk of diarrheal disease transmission. Improved sanitary technology for children too young to use a latrine may facilitate safe feces disposal and reduce fecal contamination in the household environment. We assessed the acceptability and feasibility of child potties in rural Bangladesh in 2010. Our team introduced child potties into 26 households for 30 days, and conducted semistructured interviews, group discussions, and observations to assess the acceptability and feasibility of their use for parents and children. Residents of this rural Bangladeshi community accepted the child potties and caregivers found them to be a feasible means of managing child feces. The color, shape, design, and size of the potty influenced its acceptability and use. These residents reported that regular use of the potty improved the household’s physical environment and caregiver and child personal hygiene. Regular potty use also reduced caregivers’ work load by making feces collection and disposal easier. Primary caregivers viewed 4–6 months as the appropriate age to initiate potty training. Sanitation interventions should integrate and emphasize potties for children’s feces management to reduce household environmental contamination.

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  • Received : 31 Dec 2015
  • Accepted : 18 Jan 2017
  • Published online : 19 Jun 2017

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