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Controversial pediatrician calls for delayed potty-training

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"It's part of parenting -- in between playtime, pampers give way to pull-ups and hopefully independence.

"Micah is potty trained now," said Geri Kulpecz, a Houston mother. It was a great accomplishment in the Kulpecz family's household -- having their oldest child potty trained.
"We noticed around 2.5 he was interested in the potty. Daddy was going to the potty, so we started doing potty training. We let him go around the house diaper-less," Kulpecz said.

It's pretty much the same story for parents around the playground who've potty-trained.
"At 2.5 we decided to give official potty training a whirl and we kind of just went cold turkey," said another mother, Lindsay Hunniford.

But are parents starting potty training too early? A California pediatric urologist and author believes once parents train their children they are essentially teaching their kids how to hold it -- and in some cases holding it too long could lead to urinary tract infections and other health problems. He recommends starting at age three or four.

"I can not imagine changing the diaper of a four year-old," Hunniford said.

Neither can Yana Finkelshetyn, who's not just a doctor with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, but a mother of two girls as well. "I think it's a little unrealistic for the modern world. I also think you have to tailor it to your kids," Dr. Finkelshetyn said.

That means waiting until your child shows interest and initiates it -- after all timing is everything.

The pediatric urologist who advises against potty training is Steve Hodges.  For more on his argument against early potty training click here.

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