Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Demmy | 2009/07/09


late potty

I seem to be failing as seem as potty training is concerned. I have a son who will be 4 years end of August, he does not want to sit on the toilet to poop. as far as peeing is concerned he does not have a problems, he goes to the toilet by himself and pees, but for poop , he prefers a nappy, he screams a lot when you force him to sit . if I don' t give him the nappy he' d rather go outside and take off his trousers and poop on the ground, but this could be because he has seen other kids the time he visited his granny in the farm. but why would he not sit on the toilet ? he is old enough. another question is how do I stop the night nappy, because I' ve notice that he takes advantage of this, he' d rather poop in the middle of the night because during the day he is no longer using a nappy, please help. I might also add that it also took time for to start using the toilet for peeing, when he was 3 years old. Even though I bought him 2 potties when he was still 18 months.

Expert's Reply



Your son is rather slow with his potty training,but he has got the first part of it right.You are struggling to get him to use the toilet to make a poo.It will be a good idea to start off by giving him a 10 day break from any toilet training.Don't mention a single word about toilet training to him. Then after the break start again and explain to him that he will get a reward of something he likes (something small) if he gets things right for 5 days in a row.Keep on with 5 day periods and give him a reward each time.At the same time tell him that if he does not get things right on any day he will not be able to watch his favourite TV show that day. Be consistent and show that you mean business. Be kind but firm. No begging and pleading, just speak clearly and tell him what he has to do.

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