He recently started saying he was scared to go potty?

Shaila - posted on 06/17/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 3 year old boy has been potty trained with little to no accidents for 4 months. We have really never had any problems with him having accidents, he caught on very quickly and it only took 2 weeks to be fully trained except at night. Recently, my son has been holding his urine in for what seems like too long before he goes. I don't want to force him to go potty but I'm afraid he is going to end up with a UTI from holding it so long. He's not complaining of his back or belly hurting and he's not complaining about it hurting when he does go pee. But when I ask him to sit on the potty he says he's scared. I have no idea why he would be scared because he has never had any bad experiences that I know of. He has his own little potty so I know it's not because he's afraid of the big potty. Yesterday he had 4 accidents and it's the first time he has had that many in one day. I read online that I should put him back in diapers until he is ready again but I think that's not a good idea. If I put pull-ups on him he doesn't distinguish them between diapers so he will just go without even letting you know. I try to take him to the bathroom but he refuses and will even scream and I don't want to pressure him or force him because I'm afraid that will hinder his progression. Any suggestions?

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Brittney - posted on 06/17/2012

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Do not put him back into diapers, unless you want to confuse him. Basically you would be saying that if you don't want to use the potty, you don't have to. Let him experience his accidents while wearing underwear, remind him that if he needs to go potty, then he needs to go in his potty. Can you ask why he is afraid? I know I'm scared of automatic flushing toilets and I refuse to use them. He wants to feel comfortable. Maybe he doesn't want to use his little potty anymore? My daughter (12 months at the time) preferred to use the big potty until she was 15 months, then she preferred her little potty, now (at almost 2) it doesn't matter, if she has to go she has to go. I'm sure this is just a phase. Ruby had her regression (she saw babies her age still wore diapers) but I never brought the diapers back. Good luck to you!

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