Posted by: Sebe | 2010/07/30


pee pinching

Hi Doc,

My son of 3.5 years pinches until the last minute before he says he wants to pee. Sometimes it''s so bad that he can''t hold it that he messes on himself while I''m trying to put him on the toilet sit. I''m worried, mostly, that he may mess up his bladder if this habit continues. I may also be feeding it by jumping up and taking him to the toilet when he says he wants to pee, but it''s difficult not to coz I know he''ll mess on himself if I don''t hurry.

How can I help him get out of this habit. Please help.

Expert's Reply



This is very common with little boys of this age. It may be difficult to change this habit quickly, but one way is to take him to the toilet regularly so that he does not get to the stage when he is so desperate. Try a reward system using a star chart. If he uses the toilet regularly give him a star on a chart and tell him that if he can get three stars in a row he will get a reward, something small but something that he likes. Then add a day each time before his next reward, 4 stars then 5 stars and so on.

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