Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Gloria Petersen | 2011/01/28




my sister''s son is 5yrs old and he is still scared to sit on the toilet thinks he''s going to fall in although we told him he will not,she still has to put on a nappy for him when he wants to stool. Is there something wrong with him or is it a mental problem.

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This is probably not a 'mental' problem, but your nephew is definitely too old to be behaving like this. He will be starting school soon and it will be a big problem for him if he is not toilet trained by then. Give him a complete break from toilet training for 1 week and no one must mention the word 'toilet' to him. Just let him be. Then start again and uses a star chart. He will get a reward if he gets 3 stars in a row, then add one star each time fro his next reward. Praise him if he is successful. No one must be with him when he is sitting on the toilet.

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Posted by: Maria | 2011/01/28

Has she tried getting him to at least sit on a potty? Or one of those covers you put over the toilet seat to make the hole smaller for LO''s? What does he do when he is somewhere other than at home and he has to go?

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