Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

Magazine article Working Mother

Ask Dr. Sears

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Q My 3-year-old has been toilet trained but is suddenly starting to have accidents. Why is this happening, and what should I do?

A: With toilet training, as with other developmental milestones, children often take two steps forward and one step back. A common trigger for this regression is a change in routine, such as a move, a switch in day care or a new sibling. Keep in mind that your child needs to go at his own pace, and that this phase is temporary. Then try the following:

Watch for about-to-go signs. Little ones can get so engrossed in what they're doing that they often play right through their urge to go to the bathroom until it's too late. As soon as you or your caregiver sees signs that he needs to go to the toilet-squatting, crossing his legs, peering at his diaper area or suddenly getting very quiet during play-quickly remind him, "Go potty!" as you usher him toward the nearest facility. Follow with praise for being a "big boy."

Make it comfortable to go. …

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