Why is my potty trained 2.5 yo child deliberately peeing everywhere?

Rachael - posted on 05/22/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My middle child of 2 years (older sibling 6, younger sibling 8 months) is in a constant cycle of regression every since the birth of her baby brother, even though she is fully capable of moving forward. She has been fully potty trained for 5 months. We can take 3 hour car rides with no accidents. She an be with grandparents all wknd with no accidents. Then when she is at home with me she has accidents. Typically when I am in the middle of nursing her brother or trying to change his diaper. Do I put her back in a diaper or go back to the basics and give her potty treats? Or is this just a cry for more attention. I understand that two year old's only have control over the potty and eating. Has anyone gone through this? How did you get through it? Before I gave birth to my son my doctor said this would happen to leave her in diapers for as long as possible. Sorry for the long post.

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Sammy - posted on 05/23/2012

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It sounds like to me that your daughter is doing it for attention. She probably is worried that she will be forgotten about with you tending to the baby's needs now that she is no longer the baby of the family. As for the doctor saying to leave her in diapers as long as possible, no that will not help her at all, especially if she is already been potty trained for 5 months. When your not tending to the baby try talking to your daughter and reassure her as much as possible that she isn't forgotten about when your tending to her baby brother.

User - posted on 05/22/2012

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Hum, i do not agree with your doctor. Speak to your two year old and ask why, also when she wets try leaving her in it for like 3mins, and ask how does it feel being wet?. I did this with my son when he was two and he only ever has had 3 accidents he will be three in june. She is most likely seeing you change and devote alot of attention to the little one and misses being the 'baby' of the family.

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