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Oct 04, 2008
Liz, mom to Donnie 12/2005
Surgery for Pyloric Stenosis at 5 weeks old
GERD since 4 weeks old
Colic until 13 weeks old
Delayed Gastric Emptying
Surgery for Tubes and Adenoidectomy at 14 months old
Anemic since 9 month check
Febrile Seizures
Speech Therapy
MEDS: Zyrtec, Nasonex, Xopenex,
Vitamins with iron, and back on Prevacid as of 12/2008
OT-need advice from potty training pros
Well Donnie will be 3 years old in December so not too long. I decided to seriuosly start potty training him this weekend. He would occassionally pee pee in his potty before but seems to have no interest in it now. I decided the best way to go about this would be to put him in underwear since he calls pull ups diapers and uses them accordingly. It has been disasterous. He has peed his pants and on the floor 4 times today including once on in-laws carpet. I am ready to throw in the towel! What should I do? I have NO clue, I have never been around potty training children. Does this mean he isn't ready? Should I stick with it and expect this to happen? I appreciate ANY advice!!!! -Liz
Oct 04, 2008
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I have no exp. with boys and everyone says that it takes them longer. I think it really depends on the kid. I've seen some late blooming girls and boys. Does he go to school at all? If so--do pull-ups at school and underwear at home. I would give the underwear a little longer. That's what I did with Morgan any way. I gave her a sticker every time she pottied-she put the stickers on her potty. I am slowly getting Mags into the "thinking of it" stage :)
Oct 04, 2008
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I potty trained a 5 year old boy when I was a preschool teacher and lots of 2-3 year old boys and girls.

I found especially with boys, they do not want to take time out of their busy play to go potty. They would rather just keep on playing and let u clean.

The 5 year old was by far my biggest challenge, but because other teachers kept bringing him to me for clean up, I told them either clean him yourself or I am keeping him here till he is potty trained. They let me keep him.

I set a very particular schedule. I reset my alarm every hour and took the children to the potty. It was tons of work and they didn't like breaking their play time, but it worked for about 65% of them in one week. They began to associate the potty with BM and urination. They also seemed to get that if they went on their own, their play time was not interrupted near as much.

Every day along with a few other stories for a whole month, our story time included a book about the potty. I think it eased their minds a bit so to speak.

Anyway, children are afraid of the potty at times. some but not all are afraid especially of seeing their BM flushed down the potty. From what I read at the time (8 years ago) it is almost as if this is part of their body they are flushing away in their mind.

Don't know if that was helpful or just sounded plain silly but thought I would share.

Oct 04, 2008
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
I did it with my oldest when he was about the same age (34 months). He was the same way, he just peed in pull-ups and didn't care. So I just put him in underwear all day and cleaned up after him. He did have a lot of accidents for about a week, but then he was fine, with just an occasional accident when he would wait until the last minute to try to make it to the bathroom. I also had a "big boy party" for him. We made a cake, and ordered pizza, and I decorated with streamers and balloons. My parents and my mother-in-law came over, too. I gave him a couple of little gifts that I told him were "big boy presents" (kids safety scissors, glitter and glue, some fire truck stickers, and firetruck toys, and lots of underwear wrapped in wrapping paper, and a pack of sparklers left over from the 4th of July). Of course he peed his pants at his big boy party! But he was really excited about it, and refused to wear pull-ups anymore. I also had a sticker chart that he put a sticker on each time he went on the potty, and when he filled it we went to Chuck E Cheese. With my dd, I did it around the same age, but she was much easier, with fewer accidents. But, she wasn't really into the sticker chart/Chuck E Cheese idea, so I gave her one M&M each time she went on the potty. I also tried to plan it around a time when we didn't have any long car trips, or long outings planned so we could be home as much as possible for the first week. My ds did wear his underwear to his pre-school class, and he had an accident the first day. But I had told the teachers about his underwear, so they just changed his clothes. He never had another accident at school after that.
Oct 04, 2008
Connor 11/22/02
Grace 7/2/04 reflux free now!
Molly 7/10/07 the reason I'm here!
I meant to ask- does he want to wear underwear? does he get upset or embarassed when he has an accident? If he is excited about underwear and doesn't get too upset about the accidents, I would keep going. But if it seems stressful for him and is a fight I would wait a little longer and try again (if it were me).
Oct 05, 2008
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
My auntie took her sons on camping trips when they were potty training and let them pee on the trees for two days. After that, they peed all the time and thought it was a ton of fun. Then they learned to pee in the toilets at home and didn't want their diapers on anymore. >/p I don't know what I am going to do with Quinn. I have tried potty training her for a few days. She just pees and doesn't care that she peed. She won't tell me she's wet. I did the just panty thing and that didn't work at all. She peed and didn't care that she peed. i decided that in a few weeks, I'm going to spend an entire week at home just strictly potty training her. She will be three in January. It doesn't help that she scores at a 9 month level on her potty training. Sometimes I wonder if she has issues with her bladder. -Sarah
Oct 06, 2008
Andrea: Mom to 3 crazy girls!
Jackie (3/01)
Payton (9/03)
Abby (4/06) Prevacid 7.5mg (evening), MSPI, goats milk (currently trying to wean off Prevacid)
With my girls we also did cold turkey. I took one week where I knew we didn't have to leave the house. Then I let them go pants less. I found that putting them right in underwear didn't work b/c they couldn't tell the difference b/w them and a diaper. Right at the beginning we put the small potty in the room where they were most often. I still had to put them on it b/c it took awhile for them to be able to tell me when they had to go. There were def accidents but I didn't make a big deal about them. After about 1 wk were we able to put underwear on them and they did okay. My kids were 3.5 and 4 when we started. Def late bloomers LOL! I am going to start with Abby the beginning of the year. I did give small pressies for when they made it to the potty. The sticker charts and candy didn't work for them, probably b/c they were older and didn't see that as very much of a reward.
Check with your
doctor first!