Potty Training When Your Kid is Sick
My 2-year-old son was able to use the potty all day without having an accident, but since he's gotten sick, he can't or doesn't, want to hold it for the potty. What should I do? —edallee32086
Stress to a child can come from a number of outside forces, including what's happening within your child. And the fact that toilet training is supposed to happen during the terrible-two stage, just when toddlers are starting to exhibit their independence, (when in reality they are young and for the most part helpless), can make refusals and accidents even more challenging. Remember, if a child is dealing with something out of their control, like a favorite animal or loved one is ill, the family is moving, or a new sibling's arrival, or in your case his recent illness, give the child some time in disposables for awhile. Be clear that this is a temporary measure, and emphasize with your toddler by saying, "When we go through a difficult time, it can be hard to remember to use the potty. For now, wear your disposables. In a few weeks, you'll feel better and be ready to use the potty again."
On a side note, I also suspect your son isn't telling you he needs to use the potty because his body is not yet physically developed enough to begin toilet training. Please take my potty readiness quiz so you know for sure.
For more potty training advice, check out:
Potty Training Tips from the Potty Pro, Teri Crane
Potty Training Regression
Practice Being a Good Potty Coach
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