Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

Could a child waking up confused in the middle of the night be related to potty training? Dr. Greene poses the question, and invites answers.

My youngest son was having a confusional arousal, and his mother observed that these events are most common at the same ages that children are becoming aware of the bladder feeling full during sleep. Could it be related to potty training?

Perhaps these kids just need to go to the bathroom. We stood him in front of the toilet, and he urinated-still not awake. The episode faded abruptly, and he returned to sleep. The calm was dramatic. Was this a coincidence? Or might this be a revolutionary new help for parents whose kids have these frightening episodes.

If readers try this and let me know what happens, we will find out. If you give it a try, let us know the results, either way. I’ll correlate the different experiences and broadcast the results. Together we can learn more about the wonder and mystery of sleep in children.


Published on: July 05, 2001
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Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.
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