Shannon - posted on 11/13/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
My 4 year old used to poop on the toilet every time until about 2 months ago, when he decided he was suddenly afraid to poop on the toilet. He will hold it in every day, sometimes crying and yelling about how his butt hurts, until bedtime when he gets a diaper (he still wets the bed and since he still fits his sister's diapers, I use those instead of expensive pullups). Every other day he wakes up with poop. I ask him why he won't go on the toilet anymore, and why he's scared, and he replies "I can't tell you" or "I pee in the toilet" as if that's enough. Nothing has changed in the household, so stress shouldn't be the issue. His sister recently started doing very well potty training and wears underwear during the day as well, so my thought that he might want to act like her is kind of cancelled out. I don't have a clue where to go from here so any advice would be appreciated.