Potty Training Tips
Do you cringe when your four-year-old asks for a pull-up or, worse, has an accident in public because you didn’t put a pull-up on her? Whether you don’t want to push the issue or your child simply doesn’t want to drop the diapers, potty training is a crucial step in your child’s development. We talked with Dr. Baruch Kushnir, creator of the children’s DVD The Magic Bowl: Potty Training Made Easy, about the negative health consequences of late potty training.
(page 2 of 2)
Typical problems in the process of potty training
If you experience challenges in potty training your child, stop trying to make it happen and, instead, try to figure out what is causing the challenges. It may take a simple back-to-the-diaper phase or it may require professional help. Regardless, maintain a warm, loving and encouraging environment for your children. Some challenges many parents (and children) face:
Your child is afraid of water or the toilet
Dr. Kushnir says this is a common problem and to try these potty training solutions:
Your child gets constipated
"You should check your child's food consumption," suggests Dr. Kushnir. "Children whose diets consist primarily of meat, rice, potatoes and sweets tend to develop severe constipation." To help avoid constipation, which can be very distressing to your child, boost your child's consumption of vegetables, fruit, fiber and water. If constipation persists or becomes painful, contact your child's pediatrician.
Your child wants you with him when he sits on the toilet
According to Dr. Kushnir, this is a common phenomenon at the beginning of the toilet training process. But, he says, "do not allow your child to rely on one particular person, provide your child with activities such books or other activities and gradually withdraw yourself until your child is independent in the bathroom."
Your child has daytime accidents
"Daytime accidents occur as an integral part of the potty training process," explains Dr. Kushnir. "Parents should always anticipate these accidents and respond by expressing understanding and encouragement, thereby calming the child."
Your child wets the bed
"The attainment of bladder control during sleep is a natural process that usually takes place with very little parental intervention," says Dr Kushnir. "Parents should remove the diaper at night when they notice that the child repeatedly wakes up in the morning in a dry diaper." However, when a child continues to wet the bed, go back to using diapers and seek professional help if your child does not seem to have nighttime bladder control. The longer a child continues to wet the bed, the more likely he will continue to wet the bed as he gets older.
Preview The Magic Bowl DVD
For more information on potty training issues, visit www.dr-kushnir.com.
More potty training tips
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author and the author alone. They do not reflect the opinions of SheKnows, LLC or any of its affiliates and they have not been reviewed by an expert in a related field or any member of the SheKnows editorial staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on the Site are not a substitute for professional advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on SheKnows. SheKnows does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.