Dawn - posted on 08/11/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )
My 4 and a half year old will NOT stop pooping in her pants. She starts preschool in 3 weeks! She pees on the toilet with ease; and she doesn't wet the bed at night. However, pooping is a different story. She sometimes starts going in her pants and it's halfway out before I am able to catch it (or she tells me) and then take her to the potty. But most often, she just goes for it and does the whole bowel movement in her pants! She has sat on the potty and had bowel movements before.....but she relapses each time and reverts back to pooping in her pants. I have tried punishments, rewards, yelling, remaining calm, encouraging and finally PRAYING. I have even prayed with her asking God to help her to stop pooping in her pants. The next day......she pooped in her pants and continues to do so. I am so lost. She developed encopresis (painful bowel movements) but her stools are soft now. I don't know why she just won't poop on the potty! She knows how to do it. She just refuses. I didn't have this problem with my two oldest children (14 and 13) Both were fully potty trained by 3 years old. What am I doing wrong? Help! Somebody help!