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Potty Training A Child That Is Premature
A toddler who walks: From room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training. If not, you may create a behavior problem. There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it. ...Read more
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more
Toilet Training: According to the NIH, your baby will probably be ready closer to 18 months. A baby will let you know when he or she is ready by signaling to you that their diaper needs changing. At that point, you can start training using a reward system and daily encouragement to use the toilet. Here is a link for you:https://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/toilettraining. Html ...Read more
How do I clean my baby boy's penis after he peed? Recently potty training and I don't want to give him too much orders so as not to confuse him
Depends on the child: Most kids get interested in the potty around 18 mo. & train by 2 yrs. If their parents start taking them along every time the parents use the toilet. Put the kiddy potty on the bathroom floor so that your child can sit on it while you use the regular one. Start your child with clothes on;after a few days, go to just diaper, then, when your child's ready, to bare-bottom. Lots of praise & rewards help! ...Read more
Varies by child: Varies by each child and his/her readiness to begin potty training, but typically between 2-3 years of age. View the following links for additional information: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/potty-training/art-20045230. And: http://www. Babycenter. Com/potty-training ...Read more
22-30 months old:
The answer really is, "when your child is ready"... But for a more concrete response, the typical age is between 22 and 30 months.
A good reference for further reading on toilet training your child can be found at:
http://www. Webmd. Com/parenting/tc/toilet-training-topic-overview. ...Read more
Toilet training: Many Asian cultures start training around one. In the United States, training is suggested when a cold can indicate the need to toilet, is physically capable of sitting unsupported on the toilet, can remove underwear or diaper without assistance and is not fearful of the toilet. Good luck! ...Read more
No!: The foreskin should not change the way a male pees. I do suggest if any son watches his father pee, have dad sit on the toilet. That way he can do it like dad, sitting down, until he's old enough to aim! The biggest difference if his foreskin remains is you need to pull gently back and clean it daily, then teach him to do the same as he gets older. Don't force it if it doesn't pull easily! ...Read more
My son is 3 he will be4 in december, he shows no interest in potty training when he doses attempt to use the potty he sits for a short time. Help?
The best time to put: Him on the potty is 15 minutes after a meal with his feet on a stool like a Little Looster. Let him blow bubbles. Put small, safe toys in a clear bowl on top of the fridge. When he asks what they're for, say, " Oh, they're for when you choose to pee-pee & poo-poo on the potty." Have a playdate with a potty-trained peer. Reward the peer for using the toilet without referencing your son's refusal. ...Read more
Working on potty training my son, at first he would tell me when he was wet or had to go. Now he doesn't tell me or care if he is wet. Please help.?
Cares if He is Wet: When he wants changed 80-90% of the time, he can be trained. If not be patient until he is ready. ...Read more
Be patient: Babies have different responses to potty training. Some are so self sufficient, independent, that they will resist anything that is n ot their idea. Others will allow you to provide direction and comply with your requests. Methods will vary depending of the personality of the child. Try not to make a big issue of it, set an example, reward successful use of the potty, do not punish failure. A great resource is a DVD called Baby Songs by Hap Palmer, the vignette “today I took my diapers off” motivates many an independent minded child to take charge of the process. Available online at Babysongs. Com, the original one. ...Read more
I tried potty training for my 23 months toddler but my trials failed. When should I start trying again?
Wait until ready: He/she may not be developmentally ready for potty training yet. Children need some core skills in order to potty train easily: able to say, 'i need to go potty' or the like, able to pull down/back up pants independently, wakes up dry in the morning. Without these skills it will be more difficult, so waiting is best. Most children potty train between 2 and 4, so there is a broad range of normal. ...Read more
What's 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
I'm potty training my daughter. If I read books to my daughter on the potty, will that distract her from what she is supposed to be doing?
On the contrary!: Sounds like both of you are having fun with potty time! Please continue what your doing! Potty time should be a relaxing time! Multitasking this early never hurt anybody! You are doing great! Barney books always get the job done ;). ...Read more
My 3 yo was potty training great until we went away and weren't consistent. He was afraid of self flushing toilets. Now he is resistant to toilet.
Put him back in: Pull-ups without discussing the issue unless he brings it up, then affirm that those public potties scared him a little, but that he chooses when the potties at home, preschool, etc. Flush. Put small, safe toys in a glass bowl on top of the fridge. When he asks what they're for, the say, " Oh, they're for when you choose to pee-pee & poo-poo in the potty." Being casual is key. ...Read more
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
My daughter is finally potty training and she says she thinks she went or don't know if she went cuz she don't feel it. What could this be caused from?
My 5yr old is finally potty training & don't know if she goes and she says she can't feel herself go she has always been like this what could cause this?
Caudal regression: Syndrome, in which parts of the lower half of the body do not develop properly, is rare, but less rare in infants of diabetic mothers. If the lower spine & sacrum (pelvic bone) are malformed or the sacrum is absent, problems controlling bowel and bladder can occur. Ask her pediatrician to look for physical findings, then (s)he'll order X-rays or MRI & make appropriate referrals, if CRS is present. ...Read more
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
My 4 year old knows her letters, shapes, colors & numbers. But its a struggle potty training her, is she autistic?
Autistic Spectrum: Disorder = qualitative impairments in social communication & reciprocal social interaction + stereotyped movements &/or narrow, repetitive areas of interest. The Sally-Ann test of false belief screens for ASD at 4; firstsigns. Org. Has more screens. Call your school district's Child Find Team to test her development & for ASD. If her self-help/adaptive delay is isolated, it's probably behavioral. ...Read more
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
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
Let him decide: Only 75% of kids are neurologically ready to be potty trained at 3. If he's ready and you offer an incentive, assistance as needed and let him decide when to go, you just might get there without so many tears. ...Read more
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
Yes: It is possible. Talk to his/her doctor about it. ...Read more
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
My kid is 16months from when can I start him potty training how to practice him naturally for urine & motion?
Potty training: At 16 mos of age, start by teaching your child to get used to sit on the potty with a lot of encouragement, without pressure, later on, the baby will be able to indicate the need to go, have potty train handy to use it whenecer he needs to, don't be disappointed if has accidents, it takes time & a lot of patience, good luck. ...Read more
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
My lo is 15 months and when you change her you lay the diaper on the floor she walks over and sits on the diaper is she ready for potty training?
Yes: Behvioral signs like what your mention may be the start to toilet training. Demonstrating a desire and showing interest are positive signs. If he broadcasts his bodily functions-announcing pee and poop and bowel movements are predictable and less wet diapers are apparent-you are on your way. Despising wet and dirty diapers helps. ...Read more
We are currently potty training my son. Some days he will do great. Other days he will have 3 accidents in an hour. Is that normal to urinate often?
This is par for the course. There are good days and days when there are failures. Be sure you offer praise and don't discourage himif he wets. Urinatingfrequently means he is not emptying fully
Daughter 1yr 3mnths took off her clothes and poopy diaper is that a sign to start potty training?
Not necessarily: Being aware you are sitting in poo & not liking it is not the same as knowing you are about to go. Don't push it until> 2y, if then. ...Read more
How do I explain to my 3 year old when he asks me why is my penis big? I started potty training and he is asking so many questions
Short simple answers: A 3 yo is curious and their questions can be difficult when you let the issue of genitals/sex cloud the picture. At that age short simple answers are the best. Don't launch into lengthy discussions. "that's how it is"is honest & developmentally appropriate. Expect the same? Seveal times (they don't take notes).After he gets to 7-8 the questions can be answered in more depth. ...Read more
Is it normal for a 4 year old not ready for potty training? He can talk and is developmently normal. He can even read. It doesn't make sense.
Reading at age 4 is: Not developmentally typical. Hyperlexia, reading decoding above age & grade level, sometimes occurs in kids with non-verbal learning disabilities, oddly enough, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder without cognitive impairment. Combined with a delay in self-help skills, it warrants evaluation by a developmental/ behavioral pediatrician & a child neuropsychologist for accurate diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more
My son is is potty training. When he urinates its yellow. He has no other sc of illness but sometimes urine drops on seat dry brownish red. Worry?
Day 3 of potty training & my toddler wants to sit on the potty the whole day. I talked with him several times, he refuses to play, what should I do?
Don't be Stubborn: It can be easy to get into a habit of arguing and it's good to avoid that. In most cases, it will pass on its own. You can entice him away with an activity or person he enjoys but just make a brief offer, then leave. You can out last him. If this sort of stubborness persists, find a gentle child psychologist for eval and play therapy. In any case, keep it light and easy. Good luck. ...Read more