Toilet Training Regression 6 Years Old - HELP PLEASE

Alicia - posted on 12/13/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 6 tomorrow, was fully toilet trained poos and wees! and then about 3 months ago he got a tummy spew/poo bug that struck him down for 4 days, after this he has started to not go poos on the toilet, wees is fine. He seems to get this awkward look on his face (like he wants to go poos) but runs away into his room and closes the door or if we are out he will go sit down with the weird look on his face, i have tried to put him on the toilet when this happens but unless i physically carry him on there kicking and screaming i might add he will not go to the toilet. I have been to the docters about this and tried laxatives and enemas which dont appear to have much joy! I have started him on metamucil and now on prebiotics aswell, still no joy! His bowels appear to be getting so full that poo will start to leak out into his underwear. This is becoming embarassing for him as other children are starting to notice the smell, especially with summer coming on. I hve started a reward chart again still not working! PLEASE tell me i am not the only one with a son that this is happening to!!?? What advice can you give me please help! i am at my wits end and do not know what to do anymore! We have been to the docters heaps and now are waiting for a specialist apointment, which is going to cost $380 just for the consult! any advice would be so greatful thanks heaps

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Kayla - posted on 12/16/2012

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This retaining of stool can be very harmful over time. My son is 3.5 and he takes 1-2 capfuls of miralax every day. This is a very safe stool softener and it is done under the direction of a gastroenterologist. Any juice that starts with a "P" tends to help. Prune, pineapple, pear. I know this may sound awful, but I give my son a tiny cup of coffee sometimes to stimulate his bowels. After countless hrs of screaming and crying because he has held his stool too long, you will try anything to help them. It works

Also-my little sister also started to regress by wetting her pants...even at school. As a 8-9yr old girl, this was extremely embarrassing for her. She is now seeing a child psychologist regularly and these episodes have stopped. It turns out, she has social anxiety and talking to someone outside the family about it helped her and taught her coping mechanisms. It is an ongoing process but it is worth looking into.

I highly suggest that you see a gastroenterologist, even just to get instructions like I have to keep bowel movements happening. Because he retains his stool, all he associates with poop is pain. Also, a referral from your primary care physician for him to see a psychiatrist would be recommended. Even if you don't believe your son has anxiety, it would be good for him to get a second opinion. We had no idea my little sister had such severe anxiety until she spoke to a professional and it has improved her life by tenfold.

Good luck mama.

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