Welcome Back!

User Name
Password
Not Registered?

Tell us a little about yourself.

My child’s birthday is (for newsletter customization):

Enter an email address:

This is where your newsletters will be delivered to and where GreatDad.com will contact you with your new account information.

father's forum

A place to discuss, learn and share ideas, thoughts and solutions.
Latest Posts

Gifts for Father's Da...
Posts: 18 Views: 596

Which camera to choose?
Posts: 1 Views: 316

SEEKING FUN-FRESH CONTESTA...
Posts: 1 Views: 325

Calendar Reminder for 2018
Posts: 1 Views: 1287

Essay writing service uk
Posts: 1 Views: 1245

hi mom!

Would you like to share this site with your husband or a friend?

Just enter his email address and your name below and we'll let him know all about GreatDad.com.

His email address
Your Name

Bedwetting and difficulty going potty

Dr. D. Preston Smith
Author Dr. D. Preston Smith
Submitted 19-11-2007

The Potty Trainer

Children with abnormal potty habits can experience episodes of being unable to start a urinary stream or have a bowel movement. Feeling the urge, but being unable to void can be extremely frustrating for children. Children who are unable to urinate easily will commonly give up quickly and return at a later time. They should be discouraged from giving up and should be instructed to sit down, whether boy or girl, with their bottom deep into the toilet seat and their legs spread apart and relax. If this does not work, closing their eyes and taking deep breaths may help. Children with this problem should remain on the commode for several minutes in a relaxing position (younger kids
should use a step stool to relax their feet and legs).


Kids should be discouraged from taking games, books and toys into the restroom since this will only further distract them from understanding their normal bodily functions. Placing the child in the restroom by themselves, instructing them to relax (do not strain, do not grunt, do not push), and telling them you will return in a few minutes is the best way to teach them how to relax and empty.


Difficulty in having a bowel movement is no different. Children will state that they
need to have a bowel movement, but then come out of the restroom and say they
could not go. If the pressure or sensation to go passes, a child will get up and avoid
going until a later time. This may lead to constipation and more difficulty going the next
time. Avoidance of constipation with mild laxatives, a bowel program, and a good diet will also help alleviate this problem.


 



Dr. D. Preston Smith


 


 


Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith’s dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.