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Is it normal for my toddler to have accidents even after they have been potty trained for a while?

Hi everyone,

I have a 3-year-old toddler who has been potty trained for about 6 months now. However, lately, I have noticed that he has been having accidents and wetting his pants more often than usual. At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it has been going on for a few weeks now.

Is it normal for toddlers to have accidents even after they have been potty trained for a while? Should I be worried and take him to see a doctor?

Any advice or insights would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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I have a 4-year-old daughter who has been potty trained for over a year now, but she occasionally has accidents. I found that reminding her to use the potty helped a lot. Sometimes she gets too involved in playing or watching TV, so I have to be vigilant and ask her if she needs to go.

Also, I pay attention to her fluid intake and make sure she uses the potty before bed or when we’re about to go on long car rides or outings. This has helped to reduce the occurrences of accidents.

It's important to remember that accidents happen, and it’s a normal part of the process. When it happens, I try to stay positive and encourage her to try again next time. Praising her when she does use the potty is also helpful.

In summary, being vigilant, reminding them often, and being positive and encouraging when accidents happen is a good approach. If you have tried all that and still have concerns or if accidents persist, talking to a pediatrician could offer more insights.



Hey there,

I also have a 3-year-old toddler who has been potty trained for a few months now. While she has been doing pretty well, there are times when she still has accidents and wets her pants.

I have observed that it usually happens when we’re in a new environment or when she is feeling anxious or over-excited. We were recently out of town visiting family and she had a few accidents there, but she rarely does that at home.

One thing that helped was being vigilant and asking her if she needs a bathroom break every 30 minutes or so. I also made sure to bring her potty seat and other things that make her feel comfortable to use the bathroom even in unfamiliar surroundings.

All in all, it is reassuring to know that this kind of thing is normal, and I think it’s important to be patient and supportive when it comes to toddlers and potty training. Good luck!


Hey everyone,

I have a 3-year-old son who has been potty trained for a while now but still has occasional accidents. I found that giving him more control over his potty breaks helped a lot. We got a timer that goes off every hour to remind him to use the bathroom, and he enjoys doing things on his own, so it works well for him.

Another thing that has helped us is having multiple potty chairs around the house. That way, if he is in one room, he can easily access a potty rather than running to another part of the house.

All this has made it much easier for him to remember to use the bathroom without me always having to remind him. It's still a work-in-progress, but we're getting there.

It's important to note that every child is different, so what works for one may not work for another. However, being patient and praising them for their successes will encourage them and also make the whole process more positive.

Good luck to everyone on this potty training journey!



I have a 4-year-old daughter who has been potty trained for a while now but still has accidents from time to time. What has helped us is creating a routine around potty breaks. We established a regular schedule for bathroom breaks, which made her more aware of her bodily functions, and she is less likely to have accidents.

It has also been helpful to make the process fun for her. We got her a potty training watch that lights up and plays a song when it's time to go potty. She loves it and looks forward to using it.

In addition, I noticed that she is more likely to have accidents when she is tired or cranky. To avoid this, we made sure she gets enough sleep and rest, which helps keep her calm and focused.

Overall, potty training requires patience and persistence. Every child has a different learning curve, but with consistency and positivity, they will eventually get the hang of it. Don't forget to praise and encourage them when they do well, and be patient when accidents happen.

Wishing you all the best in your potty training journey!



I have a 5-year-old son who had similar issues with accidents even after being potty trained for a while. After discussing with his pediatrician, we discovered that in some cases, it could be due to medical conditions like constipation or urinary tract infections.

In fact, my son was diagnosed with a UTI and had to get antibiotics to help with the issue. After a few days of treatment, the accidents stopped and he was back to his usual self.

So, my advice would be to also look out for symptoms of these medical conditions or any other issues that may be causing the accidents. If you’re concerned, it’s important to speak with your child’s doctor.

In the meantime, praise and positive reinforcement can go a long way in getting your toddler to use the bathroom consistently. Remember, accidents happen and it’s a normal part of the learning process. Keep encouraging and supporting your little one, and they’ll get there eventually.

Take care!


Hi there,

I totally can relate to your situation as I have a 4-year-old daughter who experienced the same thing. She was potty trained before she turned 3, and she was doing well for a few months. However, there were times when she would have accidents and wet her pants.

I found out that it's actually common for toddlers to have accidents even when they have been potty trained for a while. It's important to remember that they are still learning, and there might be times when they get too busy playing or distracted that they forget to use the bathroom.

In my experience, the best thing you can do is to be patient and remain positive. Instead of scolding them, encourage them and remind them gently to use the bathroom when necessary. It might also help to limit their intake of fluids before bedtime or car rides to minimize accidents.

However, if you notice any other symptoms, like pain or discomfort during urination, or if the accidents persist, it might be best to consult with your pediatrician to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Hope this helps!

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