Earlier generations once had a belief; children should be seen and not heard—childhood experiences factor in how the rest of our lives play out. There are many influences contributory to a child’s healthy development. These include DNA, social growth, gender, and sexual development, cognitive progression, cultural contexts, and parental influences.
It is said when a child becomes quiet. They are up to something. Children are always watching and listening. When parents are interacting with each other, trust me that your child is listening. Daily influences, whether at home, school, or on playgrounds, etc., kids use that to map how they react. The proper goal for parents is to help make kids understand they are loved and are secure.
Understanding your child is a parent must. Children look to their parents for guidance and a nurturing environment. Parents should be very observant of any personality and habit-changing traits. When your five-year-old is potty trained, but at age seven begins to pee in weird places, there is a problem.
No, a peeing behavior is not uncommon. Boys and girls up to age ten have been known to urinate anywhere suddenly. Under observance of your child peeing indiscriminately, there are several reasons why your child is peeing everywhere without an apparent cause:
There can be unknown physical reasons at play.
When your child begins to pee outside the bathroom like the kitchen or in the bedrooms, we have a problem. Your first thought should be what is happening physically. You want to make sure there are no overactive bladder issues. With an overactive bladder disorder, children can’t control their ability not to urinate at any time.
Other health problems in children can include a UTI, diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These illnesses carry other symptoms, but uncontrolled urination is also a factor. After a thorough examination where anything physical is excluded, then the next step is to look at their emotional state.
A strong will in a child is not a superhero skill.
Peeing in weird locations around the home like furniture, toys, walls, and more is a clear and present problem. Generally, when your child is behaving by peeing on your favorite chair, pediatricians believe they could be feeling stressed. Urinating anywhere they want is a sign indicating their belief in controlling their environment.
An unusual urinating behavior must quickly be redirected. Peeing around the home rather than in the toilet can be an expression of anger, dominance, and being in charge. Children at various ages take on a fight or flight personality. When they confront a situation, and they aren’t sure how to act, they can develop unusual habits.
Children can begin to act out because they can’t express how they feel emotionally. Simply telling your child, it is time to go to bed can trigger a strange reaction. As an adult, your child knows they can not talk back. What do they do? They will go into your bedroom and pee on the carpet. If unusual peeing behavior continues, please consult a health wellness professional.
Your child might be seeking attention.
Urinating anywhere is often a symptom of your child needing attention. For instance, a new baby is in the home. Where your older child received all the attention, now the new baby is the center attraction. It is normal for children to want attention. However, when attention-getting takes on misbehaving by peeing anywhere or anytime, parental action must be taken quickly.
Before 2020 stay-at-home orders, both parents were probably working. Pediatrician reports indicate that parents spend maybe seven minutes a week with their children. What do you do when your child simply wants more attention? Become more engaged in their time.
Invite them to read with you. Prepare their favorite meals and make it a fun event. Yes, your busy schedule will factor in regarding how much time you can share. In addition to spending more time with your child, verbalize how much you love them. However, if you don’t want urine smells throughout the home, become more mindful of your child’s needs.
Is it normal for children to pee in weird places?
Many child psychologists state that strange behaviors in children can be normal and is short-lived. Somewhere during their early childhood, kids begin to experience strange obsessions. Yes, it can be considered normal. If your child is peeing in weird places and is laughing about it, they want to see your reaction. What looks disturbing to parents is soothing and enjoyable to your child.
Managing a peeing situation requires careful management, especially for your children. When they pee on the wall, stay emotionally calm. There should be some disciplinary action, but an action based on saying it is wrong. Parents should speak to their pediatricians for guidance.
On your own, try a rewarding experience for your child not to urinate everywhere. Take them to the bathroom or their potty spots to pee and give them a favorite toy or their favorite food. Tell them how proud you are that they pee-pee in the right place.
Your child might be depressed if peeing in weird places.
An older child suffering from depression will exhibit symptoms like bedwetting. Younger children who are depressed will pee in weird places, or they will stand still and simply pee in their pants. Depression symptoms will vary, but pediatricians do note that urinating outside the bathroom is a common enactment.
If parents note that their child appears sad, they should quickly address their personality change. Perhaps your child wants to be alone, or their personality changes. They may suffer from childhood depression. Depression is a serious mental health condition that must be treated quickly. There are many sudden issues whereby a child feels life is out of control.
Perhaps there is a family divorce or a death. Both of these issues are devastating to a child’s life. Young children especially begin to pee outside the toilet and in weird places. Children can’t express themselves verbally, so they act out in many other ways. Consult with a mental health professional. Also, you must show your child, no matter their age, demonstrating they are loved.
Our children will go through many different physical and emotional changes as they develop. Some developmental changes will be strange, like peeing in weird places. Take a breath, consult with your pediatrician, and accept peeing in weird places as part of their growth spurts.