It’s Toilet Time: Avoiding Voiding Issues with Kids Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Does your child wait until the last minute to use the toilet when he’s busy playing, often resulting in unwanted accidents? He may have a urologic voiding issue.

Urologic voiding issues occur when a potty-trained child senses the urge to urinate and can’t make it to the bathroom in time or chooses not to because he is too distracted with an activity.

Typically, it takes about six months to toilet train a child, though accidents following training are not uncommon. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if random wettings have not lessened after six months, there may be a bigger issue. According to Children’s National Health System’s pediatric urologist Craig Peters, MD, parents can help a lot with this issue. Here are some tips

  • Set up a schedule for your child
  • Remind your child to go about every 2 to 3 hours
    • Do not ask the child if they have to go, just encourage them to use the toilet
For more on how you can help your child with urological urgencies, watch Dr. Peters’ full interview:


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