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September 20, 2019

The other day I reviewed the abdominal x-ray of an 11-year-old boy with persistent bedwetting. The boy’s rectum was jam packed with stool, and the mass extended upward to his belly button like a column of poop.

I told his mom: “This is o...

September 3, 2019

Should students get to use school restrooms whenever they want?

Not according to a team of first-grade teachers in Las Vegas, who last week told parents in a letter: “Students are wasting valuable learning time on bathroom breaks.”

The te...

Three more children with toileting difficulties are dead.

It turns out that AJ Freund, the Illinois 5-year-old reported missing by his parents, was actually bludgeoned by them and forced to take a 20-minute cold shower after he lied ab...

April 16, 2019

“But my daughter can’t be constipated — she poops every day!”

That’s what I often hear from parents when I explain why their child is wetting the bed or having daytime pee or poop accidents: the child is constipated. Big time.   


April 11, 2019

I can’t count the number of parents who’ve told me, “Our doctor says enemas are abusive and we should stop immediately.”

In fact, several parents have told me they worry their doctor, or even other parents, will report them to child prot...

February 5, 2019

Let’s say your child has a cold. Would you reward her for every hour she doesn't sneeze?

Of course not! Because no child (or adult, for that matter) can control when a sneeze comes on.

Likewise, no child can control bedwetting or daytime...

January 17, 2019

At what age should a child be treated for bedwetting or daytime accidents?

Most doctors will tell parents, “Accidents are normal — don’t even worry about it until she’s 7.”

Many will even dismiss bedwetting when a child is 9, 10 or 12, as...

December 19, 2018

The other day, a fortuitous mistake at my pediatric urology clinic sparked a “Wow!” moment for me.

The patient, referred to me by her pediatrician, was an 11-year-old girl with daily bedwetting, daytime accidents, and severe belly pain....

December 11, 2018

Doctors routinely dismiss bedwetting and daytime accidents as “normal,” assure parents their kids will outgrow the accidents, and discourage families from pursuing treatment more aggressive than Miralax.

The problem with this advice: It...

November 9, 2018

The other day a mom in our bedwetting support group posted a question we’ve heard, oh, about 2,000 times: “What is an easy way — if it exists — to get kids to eat fruits and veggies?”

This mom noted that her kids will even skip a meal if...

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