The Pressure of Potty Training


Did you know chronic holding and reoccurring urinary tract infections may be a result of potty training too early?

Pediatric urologist Steve Hodges speaks out against potty training too early in a controversial article that appeared in The Huffington Post.

I’m a pediatric urologist, and here’s my response to the parents of Izabella Oniciuc, the famous potty-trained 6-month-old: I know you are excited about your precocious pooper, but watch your daughter closely, because she may be headed for trouble.

According to the Daily Express article, Izabella “refuses to go to the toilet unless her parents lift her on to the potty.” If this is true, it means Izabella will hold her poop or pee if her parents aren’t at the ready to hoist her little bottom onto the toilet.

The Oniciucs may be thrilled and proud that their daughter knows how to hold her pee and poop, but from my perspective, they should be concerned. For proper bladder development, young children need to pee and poop without inhibition. For most babies, wearing diapers facilitates unconstrained elimination. (For the record, I receive no money from the diaper industry, and I think cloth diapers are terrific.)

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