Q. Why does my potty-trained 3-year-old need to pee on the spot when he’s outside and the urge hits him? How can I get him to stop?
A. There are a number of reasons preschoolers — both boys and girls — relieve themselves outdoors:
To put an end to his behavior, don’t overreact, says Stephen Nold, M.D., head of pediatric urology at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, in Oak Lawn, IL. Calmly explain that it’s only okay to go to the bathroom in the bathroom. Remind him to let you know as soon as he feels he has to go, especially when you’re not at home, then help him avoid slipups by taking him to the toilet every two to three hours — whether he admits he needs a bathroom break or not.