How can I get my 3 1/2 year old to stop pooping in a diaper and get on the toilet? She has severe constipation problems and I think it would help with that if she would poop sitting down!

Cassandra - posted on 04/21/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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She just had an internal intestinal exam (that made her pretty uncomfortable) for her problem. I am at the end of my rope and out of ideas. Help me fellow moms :-'(

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/21/2012

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It sounds like she might have bad painful association with pooping, and forcing her to do it on the toilet may give her issues with that also. Just take it slow and follow her lead.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/21/2012

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Well, first off look at her foods. She may not be getting enough fruit, veggies, water, or even a really good yogurt. Try some prunes to help loosen her bowels. Secondly, you cannot force them to poop in the toilet. The more you force it, the more likely they will not have success. She will do it when she is ready, and not a moment sooner. Deal with the constipation issue first. Once her stools are normal, and easier to pass, she may have more of an interest in trying.

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