Confusional Arousal and Potty Training

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?

Confusional Arousal and 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.


Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

Got an idea, tip or a comment?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *