3 yr old has started wetting herself...

Jodi - posted on 06/07/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Please help. My 3 year old girl has been potty trained since she was 2. Until the last few weeks, she has been accident free, always makes it to the potty on time. But the last few weeks she has been wetting herself nearly every day. Sometimes, it'll just while she's sitting on the couch, other times it's while we're outside, while we're in the car, playing in her bedroom, whenever, wherever.

I ask her why she didn't go to the potty, and her answer is "Because I had to pee!" I remind her to pee every so often, and it's not that she has to wait an extroadinary amount of time or anything. I was sitting next to her reading books when she peed on the couch the other day, she acted like nothing happened, I asked her if she just peed, she told me yes, I asked her why she didn't go to the bathroom she said "Because I had to pee!"

Has anyone else experienced this? What do I do? How can I curb this behavior? I don't yell at her or anything, I just try to understand why she does it, and remind her she needs to use the toilet from now on, do I need to do/say something else?

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Jodi - posted on 06/08/2012

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Amber, ye sshe pees herself when we're out without asking me to take her sometimes, other times she asks me to take her and pees on the potty. It's really weird, because she'll tell me she has to pee, then runs and pees on her own or if we're someplace new she'll ask me to take her msot of the time, it's just like, once a day, maybe twice she wets herself. Oh and our bathroom is well lit, not damp or scary in the least...it has a rubber ducky theme! lol



Nothing new in her life since this started. No preschool, her siblings are nearly 18 months old, no new pets, no new routine nada. I do think she just gets side tracked, sometimes she'll wet herself, then tell me, "oops, I peed." Othertimes she doesn't even notice she did it, or just doesn't care enough to tell me or do anything about it.



She's due for a regular check up with her doctor, so I can ask her about that at her next appointment, that never would have occured to me!



I'm wondering, for at least the times when we go the park, or *go* someplace, do you think it would make her regress to put her in pull-ups? At home I don't care about changing her pants and cleaning up a spill, but it's a bit more embarassing when you're shopping, or playing with other kids etc etc.

America3437 - posted on 06/08/2012

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My grandma thought the same thing Erin and boy did I get whipped! Really take her to doctor. My child had a heart condition that caused her heart to grow bigger on one side and she too had been potty trained but kept having accidents till we fixed her heart and it stopped! Worth looking into.

Erin - posted on 06/08/2012

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There's doubtful to be any real rhyme or reason other than laziness. Kids often don't potty train that early and I know 3 yr olds just get busy with stuff and don't want to go.

America3437 - posted on 06/08/2012

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I had the same problem as a child. My mother finally took me to the doc and found out I needed my bladder tube dialaited. She may not know till it actually starts comming out. I had been potty trained for a little over a year when it started! Don't know if it is the same for her but it worth looking into.

Bethany - posted on 06/08/2012

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My daughter's similar, she was 3 in Feb. Been in undies since 2 and a half or so. Always say's Mum, I gotta wee' and runs to the toilet, or if we're out, she tells me and we always get to the toilet in time. But now, sometimes several days a week, sometimes none, she'll be weeing before she even knows it. If igure she's concentrating on something and the message just doesn't get through to her brain sometimes. They go back and forward a bit before they get fully toilet trained. It's just a Woopsie, oh well' moment. We have timber floors and not particularly precious furniture, so it's not usually a problem.



She was sitting on my lap at a cafe the other day and I felt wee on my leg and I startled her saying "hey!, you're peeing on me! What the heck!" and she actually managed to pinch it off and we ran to the loo and finished it there. I was really surprised, since she hadn't done that before, but, again, alot going on in her little head at the time.



I wouldn't call it 'behaviour', more just signals getting priority in her head. She's just physically not getting the message from her bladder sometimes.

Katherine - posted on 06/07/2012

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Has anything changed? Did she start pre-school or anything? New sibling? Anything at all? My daughter at 5 went through that phase of having accidents. She was stressed from school, or was just too busy to go. Now she's 6.5 and STILL has the occasional accident. I don't know why they do this....

Ana - posted on 06/07/2012

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Well, no I haven't experienced this. My baby is 2 and not potty trained yet, but just a hunch, it sounds like there is a reason she doesn't like going in the bathroom to pee anymore..is the bathroom dark, or damp or scarry to her in some way? Just a hunch...

I guess a real test of this is if you have more than 1 bathroom, can narrow it down to one, or when you take her away from the house, does she still pee without asking you to take her to the bathroom.

Just seems like she has something on her mind about it... guess the chore is finding out what.....

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