If your child is struggling with accidents, here are a few ways to help your child:
Go back to the basics. Did you use a timer, a sticker chart or some other reward to help establish good bathroom hygiene? Consider dusting off whichever method you used initially to encourage potty training.
Don’t leave home without going. Little bladders can’t hold as much as big ones. Any time you leave the house, encourage a potty visit. You also may want to offer gentle reminders at other times, such as when your child is playing and may not otherwise stop for a needed bathroom break.
Keep track. Consider keeping track of when accidents occur, which may help you identify the cause. Are they random, always at the same time of day or associated with a certain type of activity?
Seek help. If you have any concerns about your child’s potty training, don’t hesitate to reach out to your care provider for help, Dr. Carter says. Your pediatrician or family medicine physician works regularly with parents and children facing potty training challenges and can provide expert advice and support.
“Potty-training can be frustrating for parents, especially when a child seems to lose ground,” Dr. Carter says. “But like with so many things as we grow up, it’s not necessarily a linear process. For every few steps forward, you may take a step back, but you’ll get there eventually.”