Shelly - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )
Any suggestions for making bowel movements less traumatic for a child who already has chronic constipation?
I have a 2 1/2 year old girl who has suffered with chronic constipation for over a 1 1/2 years. I've been putting off potty training because I knew her constipation would be a problem. She has been ready to potty train for close to a year, but within the last month has been asking to urinate on the potty about 3 times per day without official potty training. So - this weekend we made it official and made a point of trying eliminate the diapers all together. Potty training went great the first 2 days while she was able to "withhold" and not have a bowel movement, but by day #3 she could not hold it anymore (the bowel meds she has been on for months make her go).
Potty training today has turned traumatic. Every time she feels a BM coming she tries to withhold (obvious by her holding her bum, crying, etc) but eventually some starts leaking out which leads to even more screaming and tears.
I have tried everything I can think of to make this a positive experience. We only talk about BM's in a positive manner, she gets something special when she does have a BM. I have tried fun "pooping" songs, I will sit with her trying to calm her and reassure her.
Any suggestions? I just don't know what else I can do to help her through this.