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Son pee standing up?

05/11/2009

Question:

My 4.5 year old son is potty trained but prefers to pee sitting down. How do I get him to stand? I`m his dad.

Answer:

Most boys begin to urinate sitting down (it actually helps with toilet training) and will ultimately begin to stand up when they can be certain that they need only to urinate and not have a bowel movement.  He will likely grow out of sitting and urinating as he matures.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati