Thursday, December 10, 2009

When To Consult A Pediatrician About Potty Concerns

Your pediatrician is a wonderful resource and ally on your potty training team with a wealth of medical and developmental information. Contact your pediatrician whenever you need reassurance to the eternal parenting question, Is this normal? Some times you need to ask. Don't struggle and worry alone.

Successful potty training requires many behavioral, social, and emotional skills. It also requires a healthy body. You know your child's body better than you know your own. Contact your pediatrician whenever you have questions about your child's health.

Contact your pediatrician any time your child's potty habits change.

  • If your child is constipated.
  • If your child starts having regular wetting accidents after a month of success.
  • If you notice small leaks regularly on underpants.

Contact your pediatrician if you notice changes in your child's pee or poop.

  • Color (not food related).
  • Odors.
  • Blood.
  • Too hard or too soft.
  • Contact your pediatrician any time you suspect it's painful for your child to pee or poop.

Contact your pediatrician any time your child shows unexplainable physical distress.

  • Fever.
  • Vomiting.
  • Refusal to eat.
  • Lethargy.
  • Abdominal or back pain.

Contact your pediatrician for bed wetting after the age five or six.