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Been potty training my daughter since she was two years old, She's now four &will sit on the potty, do nothing,Is she being stubborn or something else?

Been potty training my daughter since she was two years old, She's now four &will sit on the potty, do nothing,Is she being stubborn or something else?

Adaptive/Self-Help: Delays require medical, neurological & developmental assessment. Medical causes may require referral to a specialist. Behavioral causes from parents' accidentally having reinforced toileting refusal may require referral to a child psychologist & a pediatric GI to manage stool-withholding & constipation wth techniques like those in comments, if health is fine & development is otherwise typical. ...Read more

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Mt daughter is 4 years old. Been potty training since 2 yes old, could it be psychological, please Help, she'll be attending school next month?

Mt daughter is 4 years old. Been potty training since 2 yes old, could it be psychological, please Help, she'll be attending school next month?

Potty trained 4YO: If she is doing generally well and just occasional accidents, that is very different than if she is still struggling. Please talk to your pediatrician, but also see an experienced Child Psychologist(someone who did a Fellowship in Child Psychology). Sometimes children are experiencing stress that a parent may not know about, or recognize is relevant. Don't give up though! ...Read more

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I've begun potty training my 3 year old daughter, but she fearful & is holding it for a long time (one day for 18 hours). What can I do to help her?

I've begun potty training my 3 year old daughter, but she fearful & is holding it for a long time (one day for 18 hours). What can I do to help her?

Several things: First, the ability to be toilet trained depends on neurological maturation. Second, toilet training is a skill that is easily shaped through positive reinforcement. Failures should be ignored and successes praised. Putting too much emphasis on the toilet training and failures can increase the child's resistance. Most children learn this skill easily if done in a relaxed manner. ...Read more

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Whats the normal age to start potty training my son? He's 19months old now and i feel like he should be potty trained?

Whats the normal age to start potty training my son? He's 19months old now and i feel like he should be potty trained?

Around 2: Most kids train around their second birthday. However, with any developmental milestone, age varies from child to child. You should not "expect" him to be trained by now, nor can he sing the national anthem yet. But he may be showing signs of interest, and then it's ok to start working with him. Many toddlers show some initial interest and then back away. Be patient and work with them, not against. ...Read more

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I am potty training my 3 year old who has a strong personality.The only method that has worked is by having her naked. She still bed wets. Any advice?

Put her clothes on: If you have done rehearsal & she knows where the stuff is the best thing you can do is become her assistant, not her drill sergeant. A strong willed child must first understand when she gets the feeling she needs to go, & feel happy she is responding to that need.Telling her no more than twice a day that you will help is crucial. You can provide incentives for doing big girl things but relax. ...Read more

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I have a two year old boy im potty training him but he freaks out he doesn't want to take off the diaper?

I have a two year old boy im potty training him but he freaks out he doesn't want to take off the diaper?

Too early?: Parents are highly motivated to toilet train their children ( less mess, less expense). Unfortunately, toddlers frequently are not ready as soon as the parents would like. Boys in particular are later to be ready for this training. I do not think that your son is ready for toilet training developmentally, and would recommend waiting until he is older. ...Read more

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My 4 year old knows her letters, shapes, colors & numbers. But its a struggle potty training her, is she autistic?

My 4 year old knows her letters, shapes, colors & numbers. But its a struggle potty training her, is she autistic?

Not likely: Autism diagnosis encompasses delays in language develpment, motor development and social-emotional development. Although very little information is given, struggling with toilet training is not likely to be diagnostic of autism. Your child might an underlying medical issue like constipation or is having oppositional defiant disorder. ...Read more

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Can focalin (dexmethylphenidate) cause a 5 year old to stop potty training?

No: If you are having problems with daytime accidents at age 5, you should discuss with your md if evaluation by pediatic psychologist is warranted. ...Read more

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Can focalin (dexmethylphenidate) cause a 5 year old to revert back and forget potty training?

Possibly: Any stress can cause a regression, many medications have side effects and a more detailed discussion would be important to determine if the regression is related to the med or possibly something else. At 5 there might be a number of things that might cause a regression in potty training. Need to rule out a uriunary tract infection. See your pediatrician or Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) prescriber. ...Read more