Potty Training (cont.)
John Mersch, MD, FAAP
Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Potty training facts
- What is potty training?
- Are there cultural differences in potty training?
- How do I know if my child is ready to be potty trained?
- How do I know if I am ready to potty train my child?
- How do I begin potty training my child?
- What products do I need to begin potty training my child?
- How can I encourage my child to use the potty?
- How long will it take to toilet train my child?
- Is there anything I can do to prevent accidents from happening?
- When will my child stop wetting the bed at night?
- My potty-trained child has regressed. What should I do?
- Tips for successful toilet training
- Where can parents find more information about toilet training?
When will my child stop wetting the bed at night?
As noted above, nighttime toilet training is a step along the continuum of toilet training. Studies have repeatedly shown that restriction of fluids in the evening, repeated child waking by the parents and avoidance of certain foods (other than caffeine) will not accelerate this timeline.
There are children who have not achieved nighttime dryness by 7 years of age. For these individuals, there are several programs/devices that are often helpful. Please read MedicineNet's bedwetting (enuresis) article.
My potty-trained child has regressed. What should I do?
Regression of toilet training skills are commonly encountered and generally are not a cause for alarm. Childhood illness and emotional stress (such as the birth of a new sibling, new day-care facility, a new home, or the mother returning to the work force) may all disrupt the toilet-training process. For the child who suddenly is refusing bowel movements (BMs), parents need to consider whether the child experienced a painful BM or became scared (such as from flushing to toilet while the child was still seated on the commode). Under these circumstances, the child may logically infer that avoiding the bowel movement process will guarantee avoidance of repeating such an experience. If parents notice establishment of such a pattern, they should discuss the issue with their child's pediatrician. Similarly, if the child experiences repeated daytime wetting or nighttime wetting after having been dry for more than six months, this should be brought to the pediatrician's attention. Such events are more likely associated with medical issues and not a "stage."
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