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CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Potty Training 101

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: CentraCare

You can envision a life free from diapers but your child is not on board with that yet. There is no one-size-fits-all program, but here are some tips to help make potty training better for both of you:

  • Be positive. Children learn better when they are praised for their progress rather than punished for their mistakes. When your child progresses, give a hug, some praise and maybe even a small tangible reward such as a sticker. When your child fails, say “You’ll do better next time” and ask for help cleaning up.
  • Be consistent. Create reasonable expectations according to your child’s abilities, express them clearly and frequently, and expect your child to at least try. Keep the routine as consistent as possible. Schedule times to attempt to use the potty, such as before bedtime or before leaving the house to do errands.
  • Go with the flow. Children’s needs, behaviors and abilities are constantly changing. What works today might not work tomorrow. Keep an eye on your child’s bathroom behavior and adjust your plan as needed. The ability to go potty successfully during the day and to sleep through the night without accidents may not happen at the same time, with either one happening first for some children. 
  • Have fun! Toilet training is a necessary chore, but try to make it fun. Don’t let your child’s hesitations, passing fears or resistance get you down. Live in the moment and don’t stress out about the long-term goal. Expect setbacks and do not get discouraged by them. Even a small step forward can be a cause for celebration.

Believe it or not, your child will eventually become potty trained. And you both will be proud of the accomplishment.