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Toilet Training Challenges and Solutions

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Are you having troubles with toilet training your child? Don't worry — that's completely normal. Below, Pampers parenting experts identify some of the most common challenges your child might face and tell you how to handle them.
Find your child's stumbling block below and get the solution!


Most children have accidents after being toilet trained. When your child has an accident, clean it up calmly and have him help. This gives the message that toilet training is his area of responsibility. Make it clear to him that helping is not a punishment.

Accidents most often occur in times of stress (e.g., the arrival of a new baby), when a child is ill or in a new environment (e.g., Grandma's house), or when constipation is emerging. Tell your child that these things happen and that other kids have similar problems. Always take along an extra set of clothes when a child under 5 is outside the house, just in case; a quick change minimizes the embarrassment.


Return of bedwetting. If your child has been consistently dry for three to six months or more and then starts to wet the bed again, the cause may be psychological or may indicate disease. Consult your child's health care provider unless the stress is obvious and resolves in a week or two.

Prolonged bedwetting. A number of children continue bedwetting after age 6. At this age, about 10 percent of children consistently wet their beds, and at age 12, as these kids enter adolescence, about 3 percent still have this problem. For these children, bedwetting is usually related to the maturation process of the brain and bladder connection. Talk to your health care provider if your child is still wetting the bed at age 6 or older.



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