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Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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My uncut son is potty training now, but my husband is cut. Does it make a difference?

My uncut son is potty training now, but my husband is cut. Does it make a difference?

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

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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?

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

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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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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?

Potty training: 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 ...Read more

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I'm potty training my son do I show him with my penis how to pee or do I hold his and show him?

I'm potty training my son do I show him with my penis how to pee or do I hold his and show him?

Whatever works!: Obviously, you must be appropriate, but games are wonderful. Make a flushable target and toss it in the toilet. See who can hit it first! ...Read more

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My 5 yo son has been potty trained for 2 yrs. Since I started potty training my 3yo son, the 5 yo has started having BM and pee accidents. Attention?

Sounds like it: Sounds like an attention grabber, since mom is spending time with the 2 yo, and all the attention is on potty training, etc. Try and have an activity with the 5yo and when training the 2 you say things like your smarter older brother learned this already and maybe he can show you how to do it, etc. get him involved and praise him for his efforts. Good luck! ...Read more

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What if your child shows signs of readiness for potty training but still won't go?

What if your child shows signs of readiness for potty training but still won't go?

Don't push.: Overeagerness in toilet training can result in constipation from hell, as a child who decides that "holding it" is good will decide that "holding it forever" is even better. ...Read more

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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.

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

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