Behaviour changes in my toddler

Alda - posted on 07/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have twin girls (they will be 3 in August). They have been potty trained for almost 3 months now and all going well, except for Alice who won't poo. At all. She holds it back and has only had about 3 small poos in the past 3 weeks. She is on a stool softener and laxatives but still no luck, so she has to go for a tummy x-ray.

Anyway, the past week she is suddenly scared of the dark, and she now also refuses to have a bath. The one day she loved having a bath and the next day she screamed blue murder and refused to go near the bath. She actually says she wants to poo on the potty and then sits there and refuses to move. We know she's only using it as an excuse not to have a bath.

Does anyone else have any experience, suggestions, advice etc? About the poo, the scared of the dark or the scared of the bath? It's so frustrating!

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Alda - posted on 08/05/2011

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Thanks for that :-). She has her tummy x-ray next week to check for a blockage (they were born at 28 weeks, so the GP is a bit concerned). She suddenly started enjoying having a bath again, so that's good. We have a nightlight on, but it's a battle, because she keeps wanting it on, off, on, off etc. She tends to fixate or obsess about something 'till she finds the next thing (much like her daddy).

I don't know what to do about the poo thing though, I might try your suggestion, but Alice is an extremely stubborn child and I don't know if that will work. We used the 'Potty Boot Camp' and had them potty trained in a week, except for Alice's poo thing. I'm sure we'll all get through it eventually, we just have to grit our teeth and keep cleaning up poo (oh joy lol). x

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With problems like this, I make the issue become a party. If it's a bath they don't want, boy we have a good ol' time with a bath and party it out (the more dramatic the better). Same for pooping, eventually the one that refuses gives in and wants to join the party. During that time I ignore defiance as much as possible, to ensure they don't feel rewarded with any attention for that behavior.

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