Question by clayjoe: My son is 3 1/2 (4 in Nov) and had been “potty trained” for about a year now.?
For the past 6-8 months or so he has been having “accidents” on a pretty regular basis. Sometimes daily. In fact, today he has wet his pants 4 times! I will punish him by time out or taking away a toy when he does this, but it doesn’t seem to help. Does anyone have any suggestions? We had a new baby 9 months ago and I understand how having a new sibling can make them go backwards in potty training for a while, but I was hoping he would progressively get better, but it seems to be getting worse. Could there be something physically wrong with him?
Answer by Meghan H
Maybe. There are some physical problems (like juvenile diabetes) that can cause loss of bladder control. You should discuss this with his pediatrician.
Punishing a child for having ‘accidents’ can cause anxiety in the child, which can cause a child to have more ‘accidents’. You might want to try a more rewarding approach – like a sticker chart or a token system.
Anxiety can also be caused by other things, like a new sibling or another stressful change in living situation. Sadly, children who are abused or traumatized will also begin having ‘accidents’ like this, although they usually show many other signs as well.
Hope everything goes well for you!
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