Help! My child is having accidents since starting school!

School Tips

Potty Training Accident

Starting school or nursery causes change to the routines of our little ones. In addition, toilet accidents can be common as can potty training regression.

Jude was recently contacted by one of her distressed friends because her perfectly potty trained daughter had started having wetting accidents after beginning in reception class.  We realised it is a problem faced by more parents that you’d think.

However, it’s actually very common for kids to have accidents at school when they start or in fact when they get home for the following reasons:

  • They are busy listening to their new teacher, learning, socialising – hard to remember to listen to their bodies too
  • Toilets can be scary they may not like to ask to go or be comfortable in there
  • They get tired! Accidents can happen after school and be exasperating.  Remember your child is just plain exhausted
  • They are busy playing.  The child is too interested in what they are doing. Children forget or don’t want to break away from the fun and leave it too late
  • A child is scared to ask teacher if they can go
Little Miss Smarty Pants saying no to nappies!

Little Miss Smarty Pants saying no to nappies!

Do not panic if this happens to your child it will pass and is normal.

Finally, to help, try the following:

  1. Make sure they remember to go at break times.  Ask their teachers to check in with them if they are disrupting the class through their accidents.
  2. Ask if you can take your child into the school loos and go through the routine and where everything is and what to do so they are less scared
  3. If accidents happen after school try and ask your child to keep dry until say tea time.  Extend it daily until they are used to their new extra tiring day. Reward with a sticker or smiley face for hitting the target
  4. Do not punish when your child has an accident but get them to help clean up – remind them if they just go to the loo they will get back to playing faster!
  5. Furthermore, speak to their teacher and be clear what the school or class policy is so you can teach your child when and how to ask

We hope it helps!

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