How to Get Kids to Stop Wetting Their Pants

Once you have finished potty training, you may think that your days of accidents are behind you. However, some children may start wetting themselves down the road. Before you try to correct this behavior, you should rule out any medical or psychological causes. Urinary tract infections can cause children to have accidents as well as a major change in their life, such as a new baby, divorce, or move. Speak to your pediatrician if you are concerned about your child’s potty accidents.

Remind the child to go to the bathroom. Children have a tendency to get very involved in their activities and may need a reminder that it is time to go to the bathroom. After meals and at regular intervals over the course of the day, bring her to the bathroom.

Bring him to the potty after he has an accident. This is a gentle reminder that he should go on the potty when he needs to use the bathroom. Change his clothing right away after he has an accident.

Put her in comfortable clothing that can easily be removed. If she is wearing pants and clothing that can not come off easily, she may wet herself before she can make it to the toilet in time.

Make a sticker chart. To encourage a child to not wet his pants, create a chart and allow him to pick out some stickers that he likes. For each day that he stays accident free, a sticker can be placed on the chart. Set a goal and once he reaches that goal, reward him with a toy or outing of his choosing. Remind him of the goal, so that he continues to stay accident free.


Never yell or punish if a child has an accident. This can set her back and will likely not help prevent her from wetting her pants.