Poo

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Registered: 05-22-2001
Poo
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Thu, 04-08-2010 - 11:16am

My 3 year old will NOT poop in the potty. We have no problems with peeing. No accidents, he does great. He wears underwear all day except for sleeping. He poops while he is down for nap or at night. It used to be during naptime, but in the last week, its been at night.


We have tried our best to get him to poop in the potty. We talk about it and talk about it. We give encouragement. I even tried buying a toy and offering the toy if he goes poopy in the potty. Nothing.


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Registered: 06-25-2005
In reply to: momtodylan2006
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 11:24pm

The reason your ds is pooping at nap or nighttime is because that's when his body relaxes and he can no longer deliberately withhold his poop.

Let your ds ask for a diaper (or pull-up) to poop in. Let him know how important it is to get the poop out of his body when he feels the urges, rather than holding it in. It is MUCH better for your ds to use a diaper to poop in than to create a habit of withholding which can lead to even great problems. Praise your ds when he asks for a diaper to poop in, for not holding in poop, and for not soiling himself.

After several weeks (8-12 weeks or more) or your ds asking for a diaper to poop in, then schedule a new date to begin poop potty training. Let ds help pick out some cheap prizes as rewards for pooping in the potty.

On the designated day, when ds asks for a diaper to poop in, take him to the toilet instead. Because he'll have asked for a diaper, you'll know his urge to poop is strong. Take advantage of it. You can empathize with fears, but insist that ds sit and produce. Reward him for his success. (My kids were very fearful for a couple of weeks and moderately fearful for another month. It takes a lot of practice to overcome toileting fears.)

If you think your ds will try to withhold his poop again, then a few days before poop potty training, begin giving ds a DAILY dose of a mild laxative to make poop withholding difficult. Stool-softening, non-stimulant laxatives are safe for daily use (stimulant laxatives should not be used daily). Some good ones are Miralax, Benefiber, Milk of Magnesia, and Inulin-based products such as Fiber Choice or the new Metamucil Free-and-Clear.

Best wishes.

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Registered: 05-22-2001
In reply to: momtodylan2006
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 9:00am
Ok, well I will give that a shot then. Thanks for your suggestion. Hopefully I wont be back!

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