Potty Training? Keep an eye out for a UTI

Parenting

A week ago I finally decided it was time to potty train my three year old son. I had been putting it off long enough. Luckily, he was familiar with using the potty and has been great about going poop, but something about going pee all of the time in the toilet was a bit over his head.


Alas, last week was spent cooped up at home with the AC blaring and a half naked child. It was an adventure, to say the least. Luckily, I felt like he had started to get it after the third day. He wouldn’t necessarily tell me when he had to pee, but he would go when I asked him to.


We started having less accidents and he was really doing it! My toddler is turning into a kid!


And then, Monday happened. While we were playing at home, my son asked me to take a nap (which he has NEVER done and should have been a big red flag). He fell asleep in record time and I celebrated by sitting down for a few minutes.


When he woke up he started complaining about a tummy ache. And then his sides ached. And he didn’t want to wear underwear any more, only a diaper. It’s like my big kid vanished and a baby reapperated in his place.


I honestly thought he was just being a bit dramatic and whiny and I kept an eye on him. Eventually he came to snuggle with me and he was burning up. Using my Kinsa Smart Ear, I took his temperature and it was 100.1. I entered in his other symptoms (fatigue, stomach ache) and waited it out a bit. After an hour I took his reading again and nothing had changed. It was through the recommendation of the thermometer and our son’s consistent aching that my husband took him to the doctor.


And it turns out, my son has a UTI.


Apparently it’s something quite common with potty training, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Luckily our doctor was able to prescribe some antibiotics and my son is already starting to feel better (and potty training is back on track!).


Hopefully your child never gets a UTI, but these are some of the signs to look out for:

Aches and pains
Fever
Decrease in appetite
Frequent urination
Fatigue