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Potty training is regressing. Why?

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My eldest will be 4 in september, and has been potty trained for a year now. We were going smoothly and rarely had any accidents for a month or so

This last couple of weeks he has had lots and lots of 'accidents'. for example this afternoon he asked to go in the back yard then came in with wet pants - I watched him go out, stand and pee without removing trousers.

I am constantly washing; I have had to remove the bathroom carpet due to smell. I have tried explaining he ought to be going to the toilet, but it seems to go in one ear and out the other.

Do I punish him? Do I clean up and not utter a word?

Just to mention - these 'accidents' are pees only; he always makes it for number 2s
asked in Potty training by Holly (201 points)

1 Answer

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There are a lot of factors that can cause a child to regress with potty training; distractions, little brother or sister who is not yet potty trained, wanting attention, or physical issue.

Punishing this behaviour is rarely a good solution espeacially if you don't know the cause.  Have him make frequent supervised trips to the toilet, the more often he goes the less chance of accidents (or at least they will be smaller).  You could also ask him to help with clean-ups and laundry (as appropriate for a 4 year old).  

In the end, you should not give him a lot of attention for this behaviour. Short, unemotional responses work best,; "Please help mommy clean up the pee".  An equally short, positive response when he does go in the toilet may help as well.
answered by cmic (4,473 points)