Is it normal for a potty trained 4 year old to regress?

Angela - posted on 07/19/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old son has been completely potty trained for 7 months. Within the last couple of weeks he has been pooping in his pants at home. He started going to pre-school (they have a summer session) for the first time a couple of weeks ago. His father and I are not together but we split time with him. He has pooped in his pants at home with me but not with his dad. He has had 1 accident at school. This is very frustrating. Is this common for children to regress like this? Or could something be wrong? Help please any advice is appreciated.

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Cherish - posted on 07/19/2012

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I agree that is is totally normal.Having a occasional accident is not really "regressing".
It is totally typical for kids to forget to go to the toilet from time to time,and certainly major changes(such as starting a new school) can cause it.
Don't trip,it will pass before you know it

Elizabeth - posted on 07/19/2012

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This is very common. Particularly if there are going to be or have been big changes in their life/routines (New home, new sibling...divorce ..etc). Children don't always know how to express their worries and fears in words..sometimes it is expressed physically for them.

I would sit him down and have a chat about how you and daddy both love him. If there is anything he wants or needs you and daddy will always be there. He can always ask you and daddy for help...etc. I'm sure you get the drift. Take the burden off his shoulder..at least cover those bases with him.

Be patient. This will pass.

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Kathy - posted on 07/24/2012

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Absolutely, they get busy and forget they have to go to the bathroom until its to late, try not to loose your cool just remind him or her about using the potty..Good Luck..

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