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Doctor insights on: Reasons For A Potty Trained Child To Start Wetting Their Pants

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My daughter is four, not completely potty trained. Am I doing anything wrong by not enrolling her in preschool due to this reason?

My daughter is four, not completely potty trained. Am I doing anything wrong by not enrolling her in preschool due to this reason?

Toilet training: Please enroll her. She is probably not alone in her desire for dryness. I would suggest you make an appointment to see your doctor and talk about this more. You have probably tried so many techniques and listed to so much advice, I would also suggest you deserve an award for trying. Best wishes ...Read more

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Our 2.5 yr old has been wetting his pants. He has been potty trained for 4 mo & has done very well. Life changes back in apr: baby & a move. Advice?

Our 2.5 yr old has been wetting his pants. He has been potty trained for 4 mo & has done very well. Life changes back in apr: baby & a move. Advice?

Regression: This is very common in young children in this situation. My advice to parents: Don't shame or lose your cool - it only makes it worse. Encourage hydration and set frequent reminders for your child to go and try to use the potty. Use a positive reinforcement (i.e. star chart - so many starts = reward). Stay positive and be patient ...Read more

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Child almost 5 still wets to bed but potty trained at 2 any suggestions on bed wetting &is this normal at her age? She is upset when pees at night

Child almost 5 still wets to bed but potty trained at 2 any suggestions on bed wetting &is this normal at her age? She is upset when pees at night

Enuresis: Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) in a 5 year old is likely to resolve as she matures, discuss simple techniques with your pediatrician or see a urologist for treatment options. Bedwetting alarms, evening fluid restrictions or prescription DDAVP (desmopressin) are all appropriate considerations at this age and older. ...Read more

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Why is my almost 5 year old still peeing his pants during the day? My son was potty trained a little after he turned two and a half. He did great for a whole year, but then we went on vacation for about a month and ever since then he's been wetting himsel

Why is my almost 5 year old still peeing his pants during the day? My son was potty trained a little after he turned two and a half. He did great for a whole year, but then we went on vacation for about a month and ever since then he's been wetting himsel

Any: Any time a child has had a long period of successfully staying dry and then starting to wet again, it is worth looking into a little farther. Many five-year-olds (especially boys) will wet the bed, but the fact that he did not for an entire year and that he wets during the day is a little concerning. It's great that you had him checked for a urinary tract infection (always the first step!). Since he is not improving on his own or with any of the methods you employed, it may be time to seek the advice of a pediatric urologist. They may be able to do a more in-depth exam and shed more light on the subject. Good luck! ...Read more

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3yr old daughter potty trained for over a year.. Has been wetting panties for a week. No pain. Is there an underlying issue? Or is this common?

3yr old daughter potty trained for over a year.. Has been wetting panties for a week. No pain. Is there an underlying issue? Or is this common?

Check for UTI: Most likely if she has no fever, diarrhea etc it is not a urinary tract infection (uti). Second concern would be juvenille diabetes. Third would be stress of some kind.
She needs to have her urine tested by the pediatrician and a full exam. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has been potty trained twice--when he was 2 and right before he turned 3. After being happy to use the toilet for months without accidents both times, he suddenly doesn't care anymore and constantly wets his pants. I try to stay positive

My 3 year old son has been potty trained twice--when he was 2 and right before he turned 3. After being happy to use the toilet for months without accidents both times, he suddenly doesn't care anymore and constantly wets his pants. I try to stay positive

Wetting pants: Has there been new changes in his life - new room or bed, absent parent, new baby, death in the family, etc? If so, address and discuss the situation with him. Try not to scold or punish him - just ignore the situation and offer him rewards and positive reinforcement for a dry day. One frequent cause maybe constipation. Monitor frquency of his bowel movements, size and girth of the stool (pellets). ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has been potty trained twice--when he was 2 and right before he turned 3. After being happy to use the toilet for months without accidents he suddenly has no desire to make it to the toilet and continually wets his pants. I try to be rea

My 3 year old son has been potty trained twice--when he was 2 and right before he turned 3. After being happy to use the toilet for months without accidents he suddenly has no desire to make it to the toilet and continually wets his pants. I try to be rea

Wetting pants: Has there been new changes in his life - new room or bed, absent parent, new baby, death in the family, etc? If so, address and discuss the situation with him. Try not to scold or punish him - just ignore the situation and offer him rewards and positive reinforcement for a dry day. One frequent cause maybe constipation. Monitor frquency of his bowel movements, size and girth of the stool (pellets). ...Read more

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My 6 year old son has been potty trained for over 3 years but is starting to poo his pants. Help!?

My 6 year old son has been potty trained for over 3 years but is starting to poo his pants. Help!?

May be constipated: One of the most common reasons for pooping in his pants is the child is constipated, and has "overflow incontinence". If your child does not have a bm regularly, or is very quick in passing a bm, his large intestine may be full of poop, and he may be waiting until he can't hold it anymore. Check his stool pattern, and also find out why he is holding his bm's. ...Read more

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My son just turned 4, he has been potty trained for 2 years. Tonight, after going to sleep, he pooped his pants, not diarrhea. What would cause this?

My son just turned 4, he has been potty trained for 2 years. Tonight, after going to sleep, he pooped his pants, not diarrhea. What would cause this?

Stool holding: Classically in this age group, stool withholding is very common - even well after potty training. Encoporesis (the formal name) happens when young children hold their poo for many different reasons (eg, too busy playing, constipation, fear of pain from hard passage of stool, etc). When they relax (ie, going to bed), they often soil their paints. I would recommend talking to your pediatrician first. ...Read more

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2 yr old refuses to poop. Recently potty trained, won't poop in potty, his pants, nothing. Holds it so long it hurts when he does go. What do I do?

2 yr old refuses to poop. Recently potty trained, won't poop in potty, his pants, nothing. Holds it so long it hurts when he does go. What do I do?

Toilet training: Oops, your toddler appears stressed-out! The best thing to do is to leave him alone at this point - no negative comments, reprimands despite pant soiling, coercion, urgings nor discussions about his pooping. Shower him with praises, reassurances and positive reinforcements and/or give rewards if/when he defecates in the toilet. Continue to provide increased fiber and fluid intake. Live like usual. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old son has been potty trained for years but has wet the bed 4 times this week. What is going on?

My 5 yr old son has been potty trained for years but has wet the bed 4 times this week. What is going on?

Probably normal: Many children, up yo age 5 or 6 years "relepse" and have a few wet nights. Your son may have started to drink a lot beforegoing to bed. May be excessively tired and thus not have the sensation of a full bladder. Certainly have his urine checked in case of infection, however his urine would likely have a strong odor if infected. Utis in 5-y-o boys is quite rare. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old son has been potty trained for years but has wet the bed 4 times this week. What could it be?

My 5 yr old son has been potty trained for years but has wet the bed 4 times this week. What could it be?

Normal: Occasional bed wetting can still be normal in a five yr old. Sometimes a change in sleep circumstances can lead to wetting, e.g., high level of exercise leading to increased depth of sleep, ingesting a great deal of fluids (as in a hot summer) before bedtime, drinking caffeinated beverages, nightmares. If the wetting persists, check it out with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What r some trips 2 get my 2 yr old 2 not potty her pull up at night? Completely potty trained during day & naps wakes up dry but in am she is wet

What r some trips 2 get my 2 yr old 2 not potty her pull up at night? Completely potty trained during day & naps wakes up dry but in am she is wet

Wait longer.: Most 2 year olds are not trained during the day, let alone at night. Night time dryness definitely takes longer. I would recommend leaving her in the pullup until she is dry at night or at least until she is a little older. If she's still not dry by age 3, you can try putting her in underwear at night. When she gets wet, she may start getting into the habit of waking up to go. ...Read more

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My baby no longer sleeps at night after potty trained. Once she gets up to pee she doesn't go to sleep?

My baby no longer sleeps at night after potty trained. Once she gets up to pee she doesn't go to sleep?

Training: It is a matter of re-training your child to go back to sleep after waking up. Enforce to your baby before going to sleep that if she wakes up at night to pee to go back to sleep. When she wakes up, take her back to bed and enforce not getting out of bed. Do that every night as routine. She will get used it to it. ...Read more

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Wat cause 5 yo girl to be completely potty trained to regress to wet bed evry night & sometimes wet day. Get's uti's a lot 2. Did 4mos antibiotics & no?

Evaluation?: When a little one is potty trained, an occasional accident is not a major concern. But a change like you describe makes me wonder if she has an infection. I would want to check for this. If your daughter hasn't had an ultrasound of her kidneys, ureters and bladder, this would be a reasonable - and non-invasive -next step. A consult with a urologist would also be reasonable. ...Read more

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Why does it take some kids longer to be potty trained? Like until age 10-11?

Why does it take some kids longer to be potty trained? Like until age 10-11?

Delay maturity: You probably mean that they are delayed in stopping bed wetting at night. If they are not able to control their bladder or bowels during the day after age 3y, they need to consult with Pediatrician. Inability to control bladder in bed at night is due to delayed maturity. Could run in families. Everyone eventually gets dry at night, although the age this occurs varies. Bladder training can help ...Read more

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My 14 m is almost potty trained but still there are accidents. Please tell me what to do?

My 14 m is almost potty trained but still there are accidents. Please tell me what to do?

Have a party!: If you're getting lots of potty success at 14 months, you're doing great! Have a party of they potty, but make no fuss if they miss some. You're way ahead of the game! ...Read more

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My 3 and a half year old daughter still isn’t potty-trained. What should I do?

My 3 and a half year old daughter still isn’t potty-trained. What should I do?

Reward socialization: "outsourcing", i.e. Putting up a social construct. "honey, [your best friend's] playgroup wants to have you come, but they don't want to have to deal with dirty diapers". See what you can do about making simple rewards in the social sphere, ones pertinent to her interest. ...Read more

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How do I know my two year old is ready to be potty trained? Tried previously and was not successful

How do I know my two year old is ready to be potty trained? Tried previously and was not successful

Potty training: If the child wakes up dry in the morning then neurologically they are mature enough to start working on toilet training. Remember to pick your battles - if it becomes a battle of wills the child is going to win this one. Use positive reinforcement and rewards, make a game of the process. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have a boy who will be 4 next month refuses to be potty trained. Can chocolate bribe every time he goes get him potty trained?

I have a boy who will be 4 next month refuses to be potty trained. Can chocolate bribe every time he goes get him potty trained?

Maybe: I support all manner of bribery when trying to get a kid to try new things. They are often stuck on doing stuff the old way, and incentives to try new can and will work for many. Some use star charts, special meals, tv time or whatever else the kid values. You can also change the payment schedule weekly, x for one succes followed the next week by x only for 2 successes and so on. ...Read more

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My daughter was potty trained at 3yrs old thean had a major relapse now she's 4 years old and wants nothing to do with the party at all. Help plz!

My daughter was potty trained at 3yrs old thean had a major relapse now she's 4 years old and wants nothing to do with the party at all. Help plz!

Potty training: Potty training is just that, training. Start by taking your child to the potty every 2-3 hrs wether they need to go or not and have them sit for a spell. Make it a fun thing to do by using some of their favorite toys in association with this "training". ...Read more

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I have a 13 year and she can't be potty trained and she needs supositorys but she won't take them and she wears a diaper how do I get her take meds?

I have a 13 year and she can't be potty trained and she needs supositorys but she won't take them and she wears a diaper how do I get her take meds?

Help: You should determine why she can't be potty trained. Does she have an intrinsic structural problem? If not, she needs professional psychiatric help. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 3yr-old potty-trained daughter continues to have accidents daily even with constant prompting?

My 3yr-old potty-trained daughter continues to have accidents daily even with constant prompting?

Could be a problem: A 3 year-old potty-trained child who has accidents every day is probably not actually potty-trained. A parent can discussed the details with a pediatrician. For poop accidentss, the doctor can look for constipation, diarrhea, or behavioral problems. For pee accidents, it can be normal if the child never was dry; but can be a medical problem if he was dry and months later started wetting again. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son is potty trained, but recently he has had an accident for the past 3 nights. Three days ago he had surgery, what could be wrong?

My 4 year old son is potty trained, but recently he has had an accident for the past 3 nights. Three days ago he had surgery, what could be wrong?

Normal reaction: This sounds like a totally normal reaction to a stressful situation - surgery. It could have also come from anesthetics given during the surgery, but more likely a little bit of regression/fear from the stress and change of routine surrounding the surgery. I would not make a big deal out of this, be calm and supportive and this will likely go away with time. ...Read more

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What would cause my 6 yr old daughter to start having accidents on herself after she's been potty trained for 4 yrs?

What would cause my 6 yr old daughter to start having accidents on herself after she's been potty trained for 4 yrs?

Bladder infection: Is the first thing that has to be ruled in or out. If she does not have a urinary tract infection, a more in depth evaluation by your pediatrician is indicated. ...Read more

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My almost 4 yr old son has been potty trained x8 months no issues. He is now regressing, how do I know why? He even poops on the floor.

My almost 4 yr old son has been potty trained x8 months no issues. He is now regressing, how do I know why? He even poops on the floor.

Emotional response: Most regression from accomplished skills are an emotional response to events the kid views as stressful. The appearance of a new sibling who consumes attention they held before will do it. Turmoil in the household. Their desire to go back to the way things were before, etc. At 4 you have the benefit of their talking & can ask. If resistant, a therapist can often find out in play therapy. ...Read more