By "holding it" in I mean peeing. I just couldn't think of a polite title for this question.
I have a very strong willed 3 year old. He will not stop long enough to go potty. It's incredibly frustrating to my DH and myself because we feel like we're constantly fighting him to go to the bathroom. He's not afraid of it, it doesn't hurt him to go and he rarely ever wets his pants, he simply just doesn't want to stop playing or doing whatever it is he's doing, to go. He'll go four or five hours or more during the day before he'll decide to go. He'll sleep through the night (9-10 hours), without going, then he'll wait another hour or more in the morning before we can get him to go. My question is, are we wasting our time by fighting this, or should we just let him be and let him go when he is ready to go? Like I said, he doesn't wet his pants, but I'm a little concerned that he'll develope a UTI from holding it in so long. How long is too long? We'll just let him be if it's not going to hurt him. Oh, and yes, he does drink plenty during the day too.
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