Wearing pull-ups at night

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Wearing pull-ups at night

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Once a child has become independent for potty training during the day, it's not at all unusual for that child to continue to have wetting accidents at night. Parents are often concerned that they are going to make the wrong decision and do the wrong thing, and somehow mess up the process of potty training. But really, parents can use convenience methods to make sure that everybody is getting a full night's sleep. Using a pullup is a perfectly reasonable thing for parents to do. Some parents will just lay a mattress pad over another mattress pad, so if in the middle of the night, the child wets, they simply have to strip off one and there is another, ready to go. All of those are reasonable ways for parents to manage nighttime wetness. We really don't have a lot of good behavioral or technological strategies that we know are effective for all children.

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Peter Stavinoha, PhD

Neuropsychologist

Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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