Constipation due to potty training and difficulty with going #2 in the potty

Kasia - posted on 08/12/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter potty trained #1 in about 3 days. She has an accident here or there but by dedicating a weekend in just underwear, no pull ups, she has done great with number 1. Myabe has 1 accident a week and that includes nights! However, going #2 is a different story. She has this aversion to going #2 on the potty so she does it in her underwear. However, since she is a neat freak this totally grosses her out to the point that she gets constipated because she is preventing herself from going. After 5 days once and a very painful night before, I gave her glycerin suppositories. I don't want to continue that. Before potty training she went once a day after breakfast like clock work. Now is she goes once every 3 days I am lucky! To remedy this I have tried making it a big deal that she pooped even if it's in her underwear. I read her Everybody Poops books, I give her high fiber foods and make her fruit smoothies almost daily and avoid bananas, rice and white bread all things that bind. So now she goes every 3 days but still in her underwear. It's been a month since we started the process but we don't seem to be moving along. Anyone out there had similar experiences and has any helpful advice?

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Kasia - posted on 08/19/2009

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Thanks for the advice. After much encourangement even when she went in her underwear she now goes every other day. Unfortunately it is still in her underwear:(. She even pooped in the bathtub the other day. She went on the toilet once with #2 and I though that would be all she would need but still no luck. We will keep encouraging and see if she eventually gets it. I was also told by my pediatrician that warming up lemonade and having them drink it will also make them go in case anyone has costipation issues.

Kasia - posted on 11/06/2009

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Update...turns out she keep it in so much that it became a problem. I saw the doctor about it and her bowels stretched out so much she wasn't getting the signal to go therefore making it a vicious cycle. He told me to give her Miralax for several weeks. I used it the first week (1 cap full first day, 1/3 after that) every day, second week every other day and by the third week didn't need to use it at all. Once she went with the help of Miralax in the potty on day 2 of the "treatment' she was potty trained with #2. Never had an accident since. Yeah!

Jeanine - posted on 08/19/2009

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I know our daughter has had contipation since she was born. We had tried lots of stuff but now what has worked best for her is Miralax 1/2 tablespoon at breakfast. If that doesn't work you could try it in the morning and evening until it moves. Then it usually becomes almost a scheduled poop too which might help you with the potty part too.

Good luck!

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Emma - posted on 12/04/2012

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i'm in the same boat the past 6 months, i'm at my tethers end trying to get her to go in the potty or toilet! i've tries absolutely everything! nothing seems to work! please let me know if you come up with an answer!!

Karlyn - posted on 08/13/2009

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Hi there, how are you? We had almost the same issues with my son. It seemed it took FOREVER to train him in #2, he has the constipation issues also so I know how you feel. There is hope yet!! We started trying the potty thing at about 2 1/2, he got #1 immediately! So we kept trying on and off with the training pants, the happy dances and the singing potty chairs, everything! (Whew! Worst mistake is to go from diapers to training pants/underwear back to diapers.) We did that once, OOPS! :( But then a friend of mine told me her son was very hard to train also. She told me she put him straight into regular underwear!!! "It will be messy but he will learn" she told me. I thought she was crazy! I mean come on what about bedwetting, accidents, everywhere, what a mess right?? Wrong. My son, like your daughter, believe it or not, is a neat freak too!!! Anything sticky, dirty, messy, smelly he will actually gag or flip out and have to wash his hands or take a bath!!! CRAZY huh?? We decided to try my friend's method... and IT WORKED!!!!!! TA-DA!! It took a couple of weeks, stickers on a calendar and supermom encouragement, but it worked! We had to tell him to push the poopy out and flush it away so it won't be stinky! Rock back and forth, anything to let him release it. I'm a stay at home mom so I had time for this way. As for the constipation, regular old Castor Oil, 1/4 tsp in one sippy per day!! Loosens everything up after they hold it in so long. My son has been on MiraLax since he was an infant, and just recently I've taken him off it because of the side effects it can have. Castor Oil is natural so it won't have side effects, just lets everything slide out like it should. :D My son is now 4 and was completely potty trained before his 4th birthday!! Potty training was the hardest for us but these 2 little pieces of advice got us through. If I can help any more let me know. Good luck!!!



Karlyn Richards, Proud Mom of 4 Year old.

Darla - posted on 08/13/2009

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Yea..my daughter used to do that she would just cry and cry when she had to go poop. Sometimes it got so bad that she would bleed after she pooped from holding it in so long. I was worried that there was something wrong with her, I told my mother what was wrong and she had me try Karo syrup (kinda like corn syrup) and it worked! When my daughter had to poop or when I knew she was going to poop her pants I told her try to go on the big potty and if it starts to hurt let me know. She tried and it went smoothly. Now whenever she gets constipated I just give her some Karo syrup and shes not afraid to go anymore.

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