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

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: He walks from room
to room, pulls his pants & up & down, is dry for 2 hrs.
& says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go"? Use diapers, not pull-ups. Change him in the bathroom. Flush BM's down the toilet. Model using the toilet. Buy a Little Looster stool & some bubble soap. When he asks what they're for, casually say, "They're for when you choose to sit on the toilet." See below

In brief: He walks from room
to room, pulls his pants & up & down, is dry for 2 hrs.
& says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go"? Use diapers, not pull-ups. Change him in the bathroom. Flush BM's down the toilet. Model using the toilet. Buy a Little Looster stool & some bubble soap. When he asks what they're for, casually say, "They're for when you choose to sit on the toilet." See below
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
See http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/toilet-training/Pages/Cognitive-and-Verbal-Skills-Needed-for-Toilet-Training.aspx
Dr. Johanna Fricke
And http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/toilet-training/Pages/Creating-a-Toilet-Training-Plan.aspx
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Control realization
Smart children sometimes come to realize that for first time in their lives they can actually control something and attempts to forcibly train can only have negative consequences.
Let child sit on potty if they wish, but don't tell them to push it out. This can result in them contracting pelvic floor muscles coincident with abdominal wall muscles & can lead to bladder dysfunction.

In brief: Control realization
Smart children sometimes come to realize that for first time in their lives they can actually control something and attempts to forcibly train can only have negative consequences.
Let child sit on potty if they wish, but don't tell them to push it out. This can result in them contracting pelvic floor muscles coincident with abdominal wall muscles & can lead to bladder dysfunction.
Dr. George Klauber
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