Almost 5 w/potty issues

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Almost 5 w/potty issues
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Wed, 06-27-2007 - 2:05pm
My son is almost 5 and recently he has not been able to get to the bathroom on time. He was doing great for a while, but now he doesn't seem to be able to listen to his body's signals. This doesn't happen at night. He will wake up in the middle of the night, get to the bathroom and go back to bed. I have told him if he doesn't get to the bathroom on time I will have to take away the toy/game he is playing with at the time of the accident. I thought this would be good motivation, but it really doesn't seem to be working. I could really use some help on this one. He has worn 5 pair of shorts/underpants in the last 2 days. Thanks
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Wed, 06-27-2007 - 6:03pm

Are they poo or pee accidents?

Susan :)

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Wed, 06-27-2007 - 9:05pm
They are mostly pee, but there have been a few with a little poop.
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Registered: 10-04-2004
Thu, 06-28-2007 - 3:53pm
There are 2 things that could be checked on by his pediatrician. the first being a urinary tract infection and (the other has a long name and I can never remember exactly what it is) if you DS is constipated to the point that he has stretched out his bowel. he will still be able to pass some stool, at least mine was; but will have trouble with urine and stool accidents. The Dr put my DS on a fiber type laxative and it cleared up shortly after. Check with your MD and see if it is one of the 2 and go from there.
HTH
Joan

 

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Registered: 08-31-2004
Fri, 06-29-2007 - 12:32am

(the other has a long name and I can never remember exactly what it is)

Encopresis. :)

Susan

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Tue, 07-10-2007 - 12:27am

I think he needs some tough love!


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Tue, 07-17-2007 - 2:59pm

A call to the pediatrician may be a good idea...just to rule out any medical conditions that may have him "off." If that is all ruled out, I think it may be just that he is afraid to leave what he is doing to go to the bathroom.

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Tue, 07-17-2007 - 7:12pm
I would call the pediatrican and rule out a urinary tract, bladder, or kideny infection. Children can get these and not even know they have it. My daughter is prone to Urinary Tarct problems. Once you rule out all medical problems then you can move forward and possibly find the cause of this sudden problem. Are there changes in his life? Increased liquid intake becasue of being Summertime? Maybe drinking too close to bedtime and not going potty right before bed? Could something be bothering him? Is he getting too involved in his play that he forgets and needs to just be reminded? It could be anything. I hope you can solve the problem soon. Trish :)
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Tue, 07-17-2007 - 8:45pm
I would agree with the other posters about checking with the pediatrician. I would caution you about being too punative. I don't have any good research as to why, but I've always felt iffy about being punative with accidents.
When DD did this we had training drills. After the accident, she would clean it up (I would supervise), she would rinse her clothes and chang. We would then have a potty drill. We would go from the place she was playing at and I would say, "Potty." Then we'd have a race to the potty full with her pulling down the pants and sitting down. We'd have 2 or 3 of those then she'd go back to what she was doing. I would then remind her every 30 minutes. That was almost worse than the potty drill. She would get so annoyed.
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Tue, 07-17-2007 - 9:35pm
Thank you all for your replies. Things have been much better the last few weeks. I spoke with his Pediatrician, who recommended we do not take anything away from him if he has an accident. He said it's important to keep it positive. Each day my son gets to choose his incentive (i.e., an extra book or story at night) to get through the day without an accident. He seems to like this and he is doing great.