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“I have a question about my two-year-old; she is busy potty training and does not want to poo; she keeps it in and cries when she has to poo. I have tried everything, encouraging her to poo , rewards, begging her to poo, giving her laxon for kids, she keeps it in. what else can I do to get her to poo? I even put on her nappy, saying she can poo in her nappy, but she does not want to poo in the toilet, not in her potty, and not in her nappy. Please help with advice!“
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“My daughter was the same. Then I would do all kinds of silly things to make her laugh while sitting on the toilet. When laughing she would relax and poo without even realising what she’s doing.”
“I’d try a glycerin suppository or a small child size enema if you need her to go immediately. If you can wait, try probiotics (I give my kids the target brand culturelle) daily to keep their stool healthy. Lots of water too.”
“If she is holding it in she is scared about going #2. Read books and sing. If she/he has a potty bring them in when you go also. Put a little bit of water at the bottom of her potty, the poo won’t stick as easily. If she hasn’t gone after 3 days call the Dr.”
“My daughter is 2 also but I’ve found she’s quite sensitive about her body, shes also had issues with toileting I found making it a game and funny really helped also making a potty corner with a little table and wipes etc kept her really interested, she’s potty trained now and has just started going to the big toilet by herself, every kid is different don’t push the issue or be to worried about it just keep trying.”
“My son was the same ! And I googled a bunch of ideas, at my wits end. And I saw a comment on a page and this lady was like I said to my son the mummy and daddy poop are waiting down the toilet for the baby poo, you have to let her go. And I am NOT joking he pooped.”
“So once before I scope my daughter up she went on the floor and I set her on the potty anyways and then I put the poop in her potty and then made a huge deal and excited about the poop being in the potty. She did go on it after that. Still had to watch her but it showed her where the poop went.”
“My daughter struggled… and it may not be any help but literally one day it clicked for her and she was potty trained – poop and pee (no more accidents) i am still appalled with it a year later!”
“My daughter acted like this one day and it was because she was constipated and it hurt. Maybe that’s what’s wrong.”
“Teaching them ???? in potty takes them longest time for them pick up. And one day they get it. Just be patient.”
“Someone I know had the same issue with her daughter…the child’s fear was that it would hurt…she’d hold it in then it would build up so much she’d be constipated and it would hurt for sure. Try offering her some chopped apple each day to help soften the poo so it comes out easier. I know we’re talking about kids but I need to do this for my small dogs…apples really have helped.”
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