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Hello Doctor,my son is 29 months old,I started potty training him a month back,I was making him sit on his potty 3-4 times a day,show him his sister do it on the same potty seat but to no gain,then i stopped training .
Since a week back i have restarted potty training but he just sits on the potty seat talks to me  & does nothing, no pee no poop,i have literally tried everything ,incentives,star chart,potty dance ,but has not gained anything till date .
I am quiet upset as i feel a failure .

Hi, shariqua,

Stop trying so hard. He is in control in this power struggle and more effort will make it worse.  Here is a handout I use in resistance like this:

Hope it helps.  Good luck, dr. Olson  


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David Olson, MD


I would be happy to attempt to answer any questions about general pediatric topics, either medical issues or behavioral issues. This would include all the various questions one receives in a busy pediatric practice. I`m a board certified pediatrician in northern Michigan and have been in practice for over 15 years. I enjoy the teaching role I have in our practice and would enjoy the opportunity to help others with their pediatric problems.

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