Why has my son regressed in potty training and is now pooping in his pants?

Vicki - posted on 10/18/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 1/2 years old. We started potty training a month a go and he went straight to going potty like a big boy. In the whole month, he only had 1 poopy accident and 3 tinkle accidents. All of a sudden, he has pooped in his pants 4 times in the last 3 days. We always have the talk about where does poopy and tinkle go and he always tells us in the potty. We always make him repeat no tinkle or poopy in the underwear. He know what is going on and has been going on his own for a month. He comes out of the bathroom and tells us he just made poopy then bends over for us to clean him up. I can't understand why he has started pooping in his pants again. My husband wants to put him back in diapers but I don't think that is the answer. Help!

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Vicki - posted on 10/18/2011

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I don't know. I know on Sunday, he pooped in his pants and we cleaned him up, sat him on the potty, talked aobut where poopy goes and that is doesn't go in his pants, etc. gave him a hug and told him that he's a big boy now and that big boys needed to go potty in the toilet and what did he do 10 minutes later? Poop in his pants again! We are frustrated because he knows what to do and has been for a month then all of a sudden...this is happening. We did just have a grandson but he only has seen the baby once and not even at our house. Nothing else has changed for him.

Bonnie - posted on 10/18/2011

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Nope I agree with you Vicki. The answer is not putting him back in diapers. My younger son was trained at 2.9 years. He had a couple of accidents here and there, but nothing major. It's now been 4 months since he was trained and two days ago he had a poop in his underwear. He cried because he knew it was wrong.

He sometimes waits until the very last minute to either go or say he has to go and at their age they can't hold it as long as we can. Do you think that could be the problem with your son?

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