Once you find that the dilator goes in easy two times a day and does not cause discomfort, you may start to taper (reduce) how often you dilate your child’s anus. While you taper, you will still use the goal size dilator.
Month 1: One time a day for a month.
Month 2: One time every other day for a month.
Month 3: One time every third day for a month.
Month 4: Two times a week for a month.
Month 5: One time a week for a month.
Month 6-8: One time a month for three months.
If the dilatation gets harder, causes discomfort, or is bloody at any time during the above schedule, go back to dilating two times a day. When you can easily put in the dilator without discomfort, start the taper schedule again from the beginning (one time a day for a month).