Withholding Fluids From Young Children…Child Abuse or School Compliance?

The Ultimate Price for Bathroom Use

Kids Have to “Pay” to Use the Bathroom in School?

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I’ve always thought that eliminating waste was a human necessity and not an earned privilege; but it looks like schools across America have a different idea. 

Texas – A second-grade teacher charges good-behavior “bucks” for bathroom visits.  Consequently a seven-year-old boy wet his pants in class because he hadn’t accumulated enough good behavior credits to secure a trip to the bathroom.

Chicago – School officials at a public elementary school in Chicago are ordering teachers to sign students up for “designated restroom times” when entire, overcrowded classes of little kids must use the bathroom each day.  The rationale for the “pee policy” is to improve the school’s standardized test results.

California – The mother of a 7-year-old Irving elementary school student says her son wet his pants in class after his teacher refused to let him use the restroom because the honor roll student didn’t have enough “Bonus Bucks” for a potty break.

NEWS FLASH: A ‘normal’ urination rate (of a hydrated human) is eight to 10 times a day.  When nature calls it’s time to go!  School schedules don’t have a whole lot to do with anything when it comes to bodily function.  Sorry teachers, you would NEVER have that much control over my kids!

I’m shocked when I coach people on the importance of efficient hydration for health and they complain that they can’t drink a lot of water because (if they do) they’d have to “live in the toilet”.  Are we so busy that using the toilet has become nothing more than a nuisance?  Apparently so.  Just ask our school teachers!   From their standpoint, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to be bothered with unnecessary things like potty breaks!

WARNING:  The longer you hold your urine the likelier it is that the bladder will become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow.  Bacteria can lead to infections which can spread to kidneys and cause greater damage to the body over all.  Holding your urine is NOT a good thing.  Withholding fluids is far worse.

Dehydration is the leading cause of many chronic conditions and water is the key to all life (and health).  If you want your kid to do their best in school then HYDRATE THEM!  How can a dehydrated brain function at its maximum potential?   Just keep in mind that what goes in MUST come out.  You’ll have to fight for potty breaks if you have a hydrated kid.

In order to avoid the potty problem (and the potential for bullying over an “accident”) countless parents are now withholding fluids from their little ones.  I don’t know what’s worse ; schools that think that using the bathroom is an earned privilege or parents that would rather have a dehydrated child than to fight the schools for their basic human rights.  Hmm…

It’s no wonder we have a health crisis in America…

 

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