Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Fee | 2012-02-24


Potty train

Hi doc. I am really struggling to potty train my 3 yrs old son. He refuses to wear pull-ups or jockeys. I am at my wits end. Everytime I try to take off his nappy he puts up a fight and ends up screaming his lungs out, up to a point where the neighbour came rushing in to find out if he was hurt. My main problem though is that I am working and he stays with my MIL. MIL is at this stage not very interested in potty training him either, so I only have weekends. He is not scared of the toilet itself, as before he has a bath he goes to the loo, but only then. What can I do. My daughter was fully potty trained within a week at the age of 2 and a half. I heard that boys are slower but to what extent! Please help, your advice would be greatly appreciated. is there any different approach that I can follow. Thanking you in advance

Expert's Reply



You are correct, it does seem to take boys a bit longer to get their potting training sorted out. The fact that your son is not scared of the toilet is a big plus, because this is where many children have a problem.It seems that the fact that you can only train your son over weekends is also a bit of a problem. It would really help is his granny would start to take him to the toilet while he is at her place during the week.It often helps to give children a complete break from potty training at this stage. Give him 10 days completely free of any mention of potties. Then start again. Use a star chart. Explain this carefully to your son. If he uses the toilet correctly he will get a star. Stick a star on a chart or picture. When he gets 3 stars in a row he will get a small reward, something that he really likes.Gradually increase the number of stars one at a time until he is using the toilet for 7 days in a row. After that he will be fine. Tell him that big boys wear pull-ups and make a big fuss if he agrees to start wearing them.

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