Multiple accidents with a potty trained daughter...??

Amy - posted on 01/14/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




My daughter is going to be 3 in April. We started "potty training" when she was about 18 months old, which just consisted of sitting her on the potty morning, night and whenever she would show interest. Once she turned 2, she sat every time she was changed and was often asked if she needed to go. She caught on quickly and was soon potty trained with going pee. Poop was a little different and she needed extra time for that. Now that she has been fully potty trained for 3-4 months, she is suddenly having multiple accidents a day. 4 this past Wednesday. 4 this past Thursday. 1 yesterday. 1 today already! It seems to be that she just isn't going when she needs to go. I will either catch her playing before going or she will need the light on and need to close the door, which will make her end up having an accident. Sometimes she will go and a half hour later need to go again badly enough that she will end up having an accident. She doesn't have poop accidents, just pee. I'm not sure what to do. I want to put her back in pull ups, but I feel like that won't be good. But I don't want to keep her in undies because she'll run out of undies and pants by the end of the week. We don't have a washer here, so we can't just do laundry more often. What do I do?? I offer her potty treats every time she goes, unless she wet herself, which worked awesome before. I also praise her whenever she goes on the potty.


Neva - posted on 01/14/2012




Accidents are common, especailly in a just 3 year old, however, the fact that she is having accidents shortly after going on the potty makes me think you should have her checked for a urinary tract infection. You could also start having her go to the potty every couple of hours again until she gets back on track. Don't scold her for accidents because that will only make it worse. In her developmental stage she won't think, like and adult would, "I better go potty before I have an accident or Mommy will be mad." She will instead think, that scolding and pottying go together, so she will become anxious when she feels like she has to go. Every couple of hours take her to the potty. Just say "its time to go potty, not "do you have to go potty.?" When she goes continue to give her praise. If she has an accident, say we'll just try again next time. She will catch on, but have her checked to make sure there is not an infection, too.


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Kelina - posted on 01/14/2012




I agree take her to the doctors to get her checked for a uti. If something big has happened recently then that could be a reason for her regressing. Otherwise, take her just like you did when she was potty training. My son still won't tell us when he has to go but accidents are rare. We take him roughly every two hours.

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2012




It's very normal for this to happen. Once they are trained for some reason they have accidents after. My older one did this at the exact same age. I agree with Neva, have her checked for an infection.

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