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Do I need to re-toilet train my four yr old?

Hi all,
I'm having problems with my four year old son and his toiletting habits...or rather lack of them! He has lapsed back into not wiping, flushing or thinking of washing his hands. We had this sorted but gradually he has kept forgetting. I wanted to let him do things by himself after we cracked it initially but now I wondereing if that was best! Do I start again and guide him each time? use a sticker chart? He still gets damp during the day at school and home. Just think he can't be bothered! he knows when he needs to go and really doesn't care if he leaks! Help!


Re: Do I need to re-toilet train my four yr old?

Hi Angie

It sounds like your son regards using the bathroom as a chore which stops him doing something more interesting and should therefore be done in the quickest time possible. I think you should try to nip this in the bud before it becomes engrained.

Tell him that he cannot return to whatever he was doing until he has used the toilet properly. Take him back to the bathroom and make sure he has flushed and washed his hands (they should not be bone dry). It may be useful to do a little retraining on wiping his bottom: children can forget how to do this if they don't get enough practice!

As for the damp pants, well it seems your son has discovered how he can put off the need to use the toilet by peeing a small amount into his pants without making any puddles. I would definitely advise discouraging this before it becomes habitual. (Try to imagine him leaking into his pants while he is sitting on your lap - not a nice thought). Tell him you will treat damp pants the same as wet pants, requiring a change of clothes and wash/bath/shower. That should show him that it will be a lot quicker to use the toilet properly.

Good luck,