Getting my 5 and 1/2 year old to stop peeing in his pants.

Shea - posted on 01/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 1/2 year old who waits til the last possible minute to go potty and most of the time pee's in his pants. When I ask him why he waited he says he did'nt know he had to go. Should I take him to a Uerologist?

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Crystal - posted on 01/22/2009

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My daughter was 5 and still having "accidents" because she was to busy having fun. It was very frustrating! We never took her to a specialist. We do have a few rules now though...she has to go before leaving the house, sitting down to dinner, etc. And if "accidents" happen, we tell her if she isn't big/old enough to know when to go to the bathroom then she's not old enough to do the big girl things she wants to do - like have friends over, and she would be grounded the rest of the day....the accidents quickly disappeared!

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2009

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Make sure to always remind him, before he starts an activity maybe tell him that he can't not do the activity until he has gone to the bathroom.

Angela - posted on 01/22/2009

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When I first started potty training my son, I made sure I watched how much he drank and then about 30 min later i would tell him to go potty and he was not alowed to get up or leave untill he went. Sometimes if he is playing games that he is really into you can tell he holds it , but as soon as i see any sign of him having to go i tell him to go to the potty...try rewarding him when he does go...like a piece of cand or small reward...it worked well with my son. As far as taking him to a urologist its not a bad idea. His bladder could be holding urine even after he goes to the bathroom then later him having no control in when it releases. Just a thought hope it helps!!

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Velvet - posted on 01/22/2009

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my daughter wet the bed until she was 13, I also have a nephew who pooped his pants until he was 10. I found that with him, the problem was he didn't want to stop what he was doing to take the time to go. Make your son stop every hour and try to go pee. That will slow him down enough that he should start trying to be more careful so he doesn't have to stop what he is doing every hour on the hour. I would absolutely take him to the dr, there are meds to help with the problem and techniques that your Dr can tell you about. Hope this was helpful, and good luck.

Pearle - posted on 01/22/2009

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I would think that he is just too busy to go and although he knows he has to go he ignores it until it is urgent. It is like kissing w/ your eyes open.....don't want to miss a thing. My daughter use to do this and tell me she didn't know she had to go but now she admits it is because she was too busy and didn't want to stop what she was doing to go potty....figured it wasn't a priority until.....IT WAS!

Jackie27_27 - posted on 01/22/2009

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sometimes its just a matter of attention.. if he is involved in something else or is pre-occupied ie tv toys etc then it may just be as easy as monitoring his fluid intake and his activities and timing it all out, make a reward chart with stickers may help as well simple reminfers or making him goto the bathroom and try even if he says he doesnt have to go .. hopefully these things help

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi Shea what helped us with our son was believe it or not leaving him naked from the waist down, it seemed to help him notice when he needed to pee.  Hope this helps.



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Susan - posted on 01/22/2009

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I have the same problem with my daughter.  She waits too long too. She just forgets, because she gets too busy playing.  She goes for a month without an issue, but then it seems that it is happening all of the time, again.  She turned 5 in November.  We are still dealing with it, and I have no answers for you, but it is nice to know that we are not alone in the problem.

Tina - posted on 01/22/2009

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Ask him all the time if he has to go. A lot of times this happens to boys, because they get so involved in other things. They also tend to be lazy about going to use the bathroom. If it does continue, I would take him to the dr. Have his bladder checked. Good luck

Cari - posted on 01/22/2009

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I would say take him to a Uerologist and make sure something else isn't going on. Especially if it happens frequently. It's more common at this age to be bedwetting but during awake hours he should be motivated to go to the bathroom on his own. If they don't give you an answer go to your regular dr. and get a physical If still no answers geta second oppinon

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