Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my child have to go very often to the restroom?

Children, especially those less than ten, commonly will not take their time when they go to the restroom. This results in incomplete emptying of the bladder. A bladder that does not empty, takes less time to fill again. Children with abnormal daytime potty habits (both pee and poop) can develop several problems and symptoms. Urinary frequency is one of the most common problems that stems from “holding”. If your child can learn to empty better, then bathroom visits will be needed less often. For more information please see, Overcoming Bladder and Bowel Problems Book or our various “Potty Habits” Kits.

My daughter has daytime urine accidents. What can PottyMD do to help?

Both boys and girls can have daytime urinary incontinence (wetting accidents). In most cases, the child was initially dry for a period of time after potty training and became wet. Also, it is common for children to have intermittent wetting accidents where they have some dry days or dry periods of time. If this sounds like your child’s situation, there is unlikely to be an underlying medical problem. If you observe your child closely, you may notice the accidents to occur primarily because the child was distracted or could not get to the bathroom quick enough. If this explains some of what is taking place then you should consider your child to have dysfunctional voiding (abnormal urinating potty habits). Most likely if you can get your child to use the restroom prior to the emergent need to go she will be dry. The trick is getting her to go even if she does not sense the need to go. Restructuring her daytime potty habits will help. Urinary tract infections should be considered if your child is wet often. If your child only has intermittent wetting, without other symptoms, it is unlikely that your child has an anatomical or infection problem. Bladder medications are less effective, and as a general rule, should be avoided if at all possible. Your child’s doctor is your best place to start. PottyMD is available if you are frustrated, want to know more, or want to avoid future problems.

How do daytime potty problems cause urinary tract infections?

Children, especially girls, who do not empty their bladder are prone to infections. Stagnant urine allows the bacteria that enter the bladder to set up infection. In other words, the bladder is supposed to empty each time the child urinates. Bacteria that enter the bladder from the private parts are not flushed out when the child does not completely empties. Abnormal potty habits are probably the most common cause of urinary tract infections in children from potty training to teenage years. If your child has had a urinary tract infection, then you should make sure abnormal potty habits (bladder AND bowel) are not a contributing factor. For more information, PottyMD provides the best book on potty habits in children Overcoming Bladder and Bowel Problems in Children.