What causes potty training regression
Potty training regression - it's a real pain in the you-know-what, isn't it? Your child has been doing so well, using the toilet like a pro, and then BAM, they start having accidents again. It can be so frustrating, and it's important to understand why it's happening, so we can get back on track with potty training. So, here are some common causes of potty training regression:
1. Stress. Children can get stressed and anxious for all sorts of reasons: starting a new school, a new sibling, or moving to a new home. All this can lead to potty training regression, as they may feel overwhelmed and unable to focus on using the toilet.
2. Illness. If your child is feeling under the weather, they may not have the energy or desire to use the toilet. Potty training regression can also happen if your child is experiencing constipation, which can make it uncomfortable or even painful for them to use the toilet.
3. Potty training too soon. Potty training a child before they're ready, can lead to regression. Children develop at different rates, so pushing them to use the toilet before they're physically and emotionally ready can lead to frustration and frequent accidents.
4. Potty training too late. On another hand, potty training a child who is older can also lead to regression. Children who are over the age of 3 may have a harder time adjusting to using the toilet and may have more accidents as a result.
5. Potty seat or toilet change. If your child is used to a certain type of potty seat or toilet and then changes to a different one, they may have a hard time adjusting and may have accidents as a result.
6. Potty training interruption. Potty training can be disrupted by events like travel, house guests or family vacations. Children may have a hard time adjusting to new surroundings and this might cause more accidents.
7. Subconscious resistance. Sometimes, children may have a subconscious resistance to potty training, especially if they feel like they are losing their babyhood. This can cause them to have accidents even if they already know well how to use the toilet.
Potty training regression can be so frustrating but by understanding the cause, you can address the issue and get back on track. It's important that you're patient and consistent. Remember that every child is different and develops at their own pace. And accidents do happen – it's not a sign of failure, it's just a normal part of the process. Hang in there!
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