Do not worry, if you have already determined how to teach cleanliness to your child whether it be a boy or a girl, you will surely be able to help them get back on track.
Is there regression or not?
Ask yourself first if your child is really in decline of cleanliness or if he has never really mastered cleanliness in the first place. According to potty training experts, a truly clean child should want to go to the potty, while a child who has accidents every day and do not care about it cannot yet be considered “clean”. Maybe, without knowing, you started to teach your child to be clean when he or she was not ready for it. Did you know that girls can start learning a little earlier? No worries: Consult your pediatrician to find out when to start potty training again and return to the task gradually.
Do not panic!
If you really noticed a potty training regression, do not panic. If he has an accident, do not react excessively because you could make him even more anxious about the process, which could lead to other problems. Stay calm and gently remove the focus from the accident and encourage your child to go on the potty again.
Let us now turn to the underlying cause
Many children begin to experience accidents in times of great change or disturbance, such as a move or a new sibling. Talk to them about the stressful changes that occur in their life. Do not be surprised, however, if accidents happen at night or during naps; this part takes longer in many children. Also, determine if there are physical problems, such as constipation, that prevent their success. If your toddler is struggling to make a poop, he or she may start to fear the pot, in order to avoid stress (if this is the case, consult your pediatrician to get a solution, such as increasing intake of fibers. Also, make sure to use gentle toilet paper that will not irritate your child. Charmin Ultra Soft is an excellent choice, just like Charmin Sensitive, even softer.
Remind your child to try the potty many times a day
Often, children are so captivated by an activity that they just do not want to stop to go to the bathroom. Make sure that other guardians and you encourage your child to visit the toilet often so he will do at least one try. Do it when the child wakes up and before bedtime, as well as immediately before leaving home and when you feel it is necessary.
Repeat what worked the first time
Were you offering your child incentives, such as a chalkboard with stickers? Repeat it! Many parents give a sticker for each day without an accident, then a special surprise after a number of stickers. Be creative, maybe your child will enjoy a longer bedtime story, for example. And for some children, your compliments are the best reward: “You did very well!”Or” You’re so big now! “
Do not dramatize, ever. No need to punish your child. If, for example, he begins to pee in bed, do not hesitate to discuss it with him explaining that you are aware that things have changed for him. By comforting your children, you show them that you understand the situation and their feelings.
Don’t count the days
You may be wondering how long this regression period will last? It will take the time for your child to get used to the new situation. Try to manage your own stress and also learn to have confidence in him.