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I thought he was potty trained now what do I do?
August 23, 2006
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I am so frustrated with my almost 4 year old today. He has been potty trained for about 4 months now but today he has wet himself twice and I dont know why. I am so frustraited I could just scream. I have tryed asking him why he wet himself but he hasnt given me an anwser. He went 3 months accident free I dont know why he is doing this. Nothing has realy changed at home so I dont know whats going on can anyone help me understand

August 23, 2006
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Sometimes little boys have accidents. Try not to make a big deal out of it and just let him know it's OK you love him anyway. It's hard to be a big boy when you're only four.

August 23, 2006
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It was twice today though. WHen we were at home doing nothing. Its just really strange

August 23, 2006
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He might have a little virus or something that is causing him to "regress" and become more baby-ish. Maybe he sees baby brother getting attention for changing and sometimes bad attention is better than none???

Maybe a good night's sleep is all he needs. He's really still a baby too. Being the oldest is trying. Nobody wants to be the responsible one ALL the time!!!

Maybe let him stay up fifteen-twenty minutes longer than his brother and just baby him by himself before bed tonight???

August 23, 2006
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and don't forget he might have a urinary tract infection, too.

He probably can't give you the answer to "why". I agree with Brynnie, try not to focus on your frustration, because he will take that in as shame.

good luck. You moms (and dads) have a tough job!

August 23, 2006
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my kids both did the same thing right before they came down with something like a cold or a virus...I wouldn't worry about it, but watch him pretty closely and I'd bet he'll come down with something in the next few days...don't make a big deal out of it, even though I know how frustrating it is.

August 24, 2006
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RW,
If I recall correctly,you are expecting again soon,no?My daughter was 4 when I delivered my second child,and she regressed some even before I delivered...could be attention seeking.He fears not being your baby anymore(although unable probably to put that into words).I would say just reassure him that nobody will ever take his place,and that he is just as important as baby.Another trick that worked for both of my daughters at potty training time was decorative underwear with their favorite characters.Maybe some new underpants with a favorite character will encourage dryness.My younger daughter had(and still does)a thing for Dora the Explorer.If and when she had an accident,I would say,"Uh-oh...you went pee pee on Dora...she has to be washed now,"and I would let her pick a plain pair of clean panties and tell her that when she didn't have another accident all day,she could have Dora back.It worked like a charm...Best of luck to you...P.O'd

August 24, 2006
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RW:

Don't take this to hard. Kids have setbacks all the time. Just maybe take him potty or remind him every hour or so.

I agree w/ having him checked for a urinary tract infection. Cannot hurt. Also, could be anxiety of anticipating the new sibling. But then could also just be a setback.

Have you watched to see what he is diong when he has his accidents? He may be so engrossed in playing or with what he is doing that he forgets until it comes. One of the twins did that for awhile. Just had to remind him to take a potty break for awhile and he then picked up on it again.

Don't be to hard on him and specially not you. It is nothing you have done. Just part of bein a little man.

August 24, 2006
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Pottytraining is not an exact science. My older son marched up to a toilet, climbed the little steps, peed into the bowl and never looked back. I feared my younger son would wind up going to college in diapers! He refused to potty train until he was 4. It was hell. And I had to outsmart him, to get him to finally do it.

Here is what worked for me. He didn't like wearing wet pants or a wet diaper. He would come to me, to get it changed and be comfortable again. I would look at him -- VERY apologetically with sincere sympathy on my face -- and say, "Oh, honey...I'm sorry, but you're just going to have to put up with wearing it for awhile because I can't stop doing [fill in the activity at hand] for awhile..."

You get the general drift. Well, he stopped having "accidents" because he didn't want to sit around in wet stuff. Hilarious. It worked. We all have to do whatever works. Just one other point: I NEVER made either of my sons feel ashamed or embarassed about any "accidents" or bedwetting incidents. This can really mess them up and trigger major problems down the road. Best to low-key it when these things happen. (And they WILL.)

- Strong

August 24, 2006
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when we had this problem with our older daughter, our pediatrician suggested we cut out juice - it can irritate the bladder. so, look at that.

could also be regression common before another advance. my five yo had an accident about six weeks ago, and about every couple months before that.

bonni

August 24, 2006
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RW: Don't worry about it too much. my 3 1/2 year old girl is potty trained ( except at night) and she has had 3 accidents this week. Sometimes they get busy and don't want to go and then get in the car or something and let loose cuz they can't hold it anymore.

If it continues, he could have some kind of infection?

But at this point I would chalk it up to him being 4 and just encourage him not to wet his pants anymore and to use the potty. usually that works for my daughter, and she trys harder after we talk about it.

Good luck and take a deep breath!!

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