Toddler not pooping in potty, help!

Colleen - posted on 12/18/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi. My daughter will be 3 in April. She has been potty trained about 2 months now, she's got pee down pretty great. Poop has always been an issue, has seemed to possibly hurt her or definitely freak her out BUT she'd still go on the potty. Now all the sudden she is waiting until bedtime and goes in her diaper or waits until she wakes up and goes in diaper then. Or it just falls out on the floor bc she is holding it so long.Anyone experienced this? Any suggestions? Any help is appreciated this mommy is going crazy!!

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Sarah - posted on 12/23/2014

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lol used 40 years ago! So was putting a baby to sleep on their tummy or not using car seats. Sometimes what was used 40 years ago is not good medical advise now today as more research has been done and improvements have been made. Lots of things were done 40 years ago that would NEVER be done today......in my opinion this is one of those.

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Dove - posted on 12/23/2014

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I really don't care what was done 40 years ago... though my brother is 41 and our parents were too intelligent to try and force our bodily functions. My mom was 'ahead of her time'... probably due to being quite interested in childhood development and psychology.

I don't need 'evidence' to know that it's power tripping wackos that want to control another person's bodily functions for their own reasons.... ;)

Do whatever the heck you want, but I'm long past the potty training stage in this house... and would never advise anyone to do what are advising... because I think it's sick.

Suzi - posted on 12/23/2014

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Dove, if you do your research you'll find that that method of potty training was absolutely commonplace up until forty-ish years ago (and was recommended officially in government pamphlets in the early part of the century).
And as gruesome as it might sound - even to someone with my sort of medical history - it worked.
In those days there were no kids going to "first school" (English term) still in diapers ("nappies") or pullups.
If you need more than anecdotal evidence from older people, there's an official study which ends up endorsing it over the more "child-centred" training methods
http://archive.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/ev...

Dove - posted on 12/20/2014

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I sure hope that's a joke, but I'm pretty sure you are serious... and that's sick. :(

Suzi - posted on 12/20/2014

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Or there's always the old fashioned method of potty training - sit them on the potty at the same time each day, and if they cant or wont do a dooh, put a suppository in them and make them sit there til it works.

Dove - posted on 12/18/2014

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Give her a diaper to poop in. Let her know that it is OK if she's not ready to poop in the potty... all she has to do is ask you for a diaper when she wants to poop and you'll give her one until she is ready to poop in the toilet.

She's only 2.5. She's fine to still poop in a diaper. Some kids are very easy to poop train... others can poop train even a year or more after they've pee trained.

Right now it seems like she is afraid to poop (possibly due to some constipation and painful experience)... and you do not want that. It can cause YEARS of toilet issues. Let her get comfortable and take the pressure off of both of you. It will happen when she's ready.

Sarah - posted on 12/18/2014

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An idea....not sure if it will work, but might be worth the try. When my daughter was around 9 months old she became constipated. She would go, but would hold it until she could not hold it anymore and then it would hurt. The doctor said it was a cycle since it hurt she did not want to go and that would then cause more pain and start the cycle all over again. What she said is that we needed to make it so it was soft and she could not hold it. She put her on Miralax (sp) to help soften her stools. I am not sure if you want to go this route or not. You may want to talk to your doc first and if this is the way you go find out the dosage as on the bottle it just has the adult dosage listed. Taking that same concept but going the natural route would be to feed her a high fiber diet, so lots of fruits and veggies, prunes, prune juice or apple juice, making things with lots of bran in them, etc. Maybe with making it easier for her to go it will make it easier for her to go on the potty.

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