Childhood Diseases

Posted by: m2bs | 2010/08/30


Almost 4 year old


My almost 4 year old boy has been potty trained for a year and a half. He does however still soil his pants every now and again.
There would be months were this does not happen and then suddenly for a few days he has accidents.
I would ask him if he wants to go to the toilet and he would say no, only to have an accident. He would say he does not want to go to the toilet, then I see him going outside " for a walk in the garden" .
He know he is not suppose to do this, and I try not to be upset with him. Is he looking for attention ?
I have also noticed he is defiant, eg does not want to bath when bathtime, does opposite of everything I ask him. Could this be related ?

Any advise would help.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



The important point here is that your son was potty trained and is now soiling his pants at the age of almost 4 years.This could well be attention seeking behaviour.He also is very defiant and his behaviour is suggestive of a psychological condition called oppositional defiant disorder or ODD [look this up on Google]. He should be seen by a child psychologist.

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