Bathroom Urgency & Frequent Accidents
- Going to the toilet is an activity everyone will do numerous times a day.
- We feel an urge and go.
- Interestingly the ability to know when it is time to go to the bathroom relies on the sensory feedback to the brain from the bladder or intestines.
- The sensory urge to go the toilet comes from the interceptors in the gut.
- If a child under registers sensory information, it is possible that he/she could also under register sensory information from the gut.
Ideas to Help:
- Understand that there may indeed be a sensory explanation for this. Do not discipline a child who truly may not be having the sensation of needing to go until it is too late.
- There may be medical reasons for frequent toilet accidents, and it is important to rule this out with your pediatrician.
- Ensure that all teachers and all caregivers are aware of this sensory explanation.
- Sensory Processing and registration must occur in order for toilet accidents to decrease or be eliminated.
- Providing overall enriched sensory activities throughout the day can help in the long run. Daily frequent sensory activities is very important.
- Focus on proprioceptive activities to promote overall body awareness.
- Try not to place expectations on the child in regards to a certain age in which the child will be fully potty trained. It is not uncommon for children with sensory difficulties to fully potty train after age 5.
- If the toilet accidents are occurring at night, even more developmental time may be needed, especially for boys. This is not uncommon through at least age 6.