How do you help a 2 year old get over the fear of pooping on the potty?

Kathleen - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daught has been potty training for five days now and is independently going pee on the potty, but refuses to poop. She says "I can't" and waits untill I put a diaper on her to go. Any sugguestions?

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Nicola - posted on 11/13/2009

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my son has just started training this week so I have been reading up on training. The book I am reading is potty training by Jane Gilbert. It recommends that you sit your child on the potty at a regular time each day to get them used to it (usually after a meal). At first they can try sitting on the potty with a nappy to get used to it. Eventually you might be able to try it with the nappy off.

Kasia - posted on 11/06/2009

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My daughter had the same issue. It's a good thing she actually goes in the diaper though. My daughter wouldn't and got to the point where we had to go to the doctor b/c she would keep it in. Her bowels stretched so much she didn't get the signal to go. He prescribed Miralax over-the-counter (1 cap full first two days, 1/3 rd after that) for several weeks. All it took was 2 weeks. First week, every day, second week every other day to get her regular and third week she got the idea and we didn't need it anymore. She pooped the 2nd day of the treatment in the potty b/c it makes you go so you can put her on the potty because it will clean you out so she will go often. Once she gets the idea that going on the potty doesn't hurt and nothing bad happens she is fine! Emma was trained after 3 days- never had an issue since. Hope this story helps in any way.

P.S. this is gentle so they don't feel pain. It make the stool softer so it doesn't hurt when it comes out and the amount won't give them diarrhea.

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