Whenever Your Toddler Is not Pooping When Toilet Training

 

Potty training a STRONG WILLED toddler | Poop holding, constipation, fear to poop etc

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Increasing the amount of fluid and fiber in her diet, and perhaps using a stool softener, can help make her bowel movements softer and easier to pass if this is a problem. That’s also a good reminder to not let a toddler or preschooler get constipated while potty training. If your little one doesn’t poop for a bit, she may get constipated, and it only takes one painful poop to scare your little one away from the potty.

Make sure that she’s enjoying ample fruits, vegetables and whole grains and talk to your pediatrician about adding a stool softener if necessary. Help her feel. Introduce a potty routine Routines work best for young children. According to a pediatrician, the easiest time to move the bowels is around 20 minutes after breakfast. Give your child something to read, while he sits on the potty every morning.

Your toddler has had constipation and is afraid to poop. An initial fear of the potty may have made him hold his poop, which led to constipation. By the time he finally had to poop, the experience may have been painful, tainting the experience for him. Your toddler is adjusting to a new way to poop. They’re scared of it.

Often the number one reason your toddler refuses to poop in the potty (or the loo) is fear. Toddlers can become so used to the comfort of nappies that exposing their bottoms to sit on the potty can feel weird – and cold. Sometimes taking a break from potty training can help relieve a child’s constipation. Distraction: Sometimes reading a book, taking a hot bath, and just relaxing can help your child feel more comfortable about going potty.

Exercise: Being active is a healthy part of digestion. Encourage your toddler to be physically active, take. Once your child is pooping regularly again (in a diaper), give them time – but don’t give up altogether. You might encourage your child to poop (in their diaper) while in the bathroom.

Or actually sit on the potty to poop while still wearing their diaper. This will help your child slowly feel more comfortable with pooping on the potty. Why stool withholding happens Depending on how ready your child is, potty training can start as early as 18 months or as late as age 3. Stool withholding behavior is more common in boys and and can potentially develop at some point during this process, Dr.

Goldman says. When she needs to poop, keep her in her diaper but have her go into the bathroom. Next, have her sit on the potty in a diaper. Finally, cut a hole in the diaper before she sits on the potty.

Is she. Make the potty familiar. The reason why toddlers get scared about pooping on the toilet is that they just aren’t used to it. They have never pooped like that before.

Pooping in a diaper is way more familiar and comfortable than pooping on a cold toilet or potty seat.

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But even before toilet training can begin, both the child and the parent must be ready.

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During this stage, an important milestone is potty training.

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To facilitate daily bowel evacuation, the child should sit on the toilet twice a day (after breakfast and dinner) for 5 to 15 minutes.

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Inquiring about toilet training is also important; some toddlers are fearful during this process, especially with defecation, which may lead to withholding stool.

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Before about eighteen months, most toddlers aren’t ready for toilet training.

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How do you (parent) feel toilet training is progressing?

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That is the current position of the American Academy of Pediatrics (1999) who recommends waiting until the child is ready and guiding toilet training in a systematic way,beginning with bowel training.By age 3, most children have mastered toilet training, but even 5-year-olds are still prone to soiling accidents.

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Most parents find some phase of toilet training discouraging.

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  • My 5 year old struggles with pooping so bad….. He didn’t want to use the potty to poop at all… He will hold it in for days…. Until he gets a tummy ache… Then when he tries to poop he can’t and it’s stuck so to say…. We have to use medicine to get it out…. We’ve tried rewards and prizes and charts and nothing works…. I need some ideas… He goes to school in a month and I’m scared he will have to come home due to having small poops in his pants like he gets from trying to hold it in

  • My boy is 4 and won’t do either on his own. He has to be told to go number one. Seldom does it on his own. NOTHING works. I’ve offered all his favorite things.

  • Thanks for this advice. Son is 3.5 and has been peeing in the potty for a year a vehemently refuses to poop. After a particularly traumatic diapering (for me, it was a straight up grown man turd!) I looked to YouTube for answers. I was very worried about taking diapers away altogether, but I will try that cause my boy likes broccoli and I just can’t anymore

  • Your cat is so cute! Thanks for the tips. My daughter was so easy to potty train and was potty trained by 17 months. My son has been peeing in the potty for months now, but has only pooped in it a handful of times. He usually waits until he gets a pull up on and then he’ll go.

  • We just went through potty training with our first kid and be 2 was quite an issue and drama and lot of tears. After two months of night diper nr2, I figured out putting her in the empty bathtub with running water and some toys + her little potty = nr 2 in the potty volunteraly without any drama what so ever. Sometimes I have to empty the potty and give it back to her cause she is not done. But she does it every evening.

  • My son pees in the potty but doesnt care for poop and sometimes is days without pooping and thats really bad. When he finally poos un this underwear its a huge hard ball. I have done everything, motivating, prizes, taking him to the bathroom to poop, sitting there.. nothing works he prefers to go in a corner and poo like a dog or even laydown in the floor and poo sleep. Help

  • This was so helpful! Thank you for doing this! All the other videos I’ve watched only talk about urinating on the potty but leave out the poop part so this was a great video to find!

  • In Brasil we start training at 18 months and at 2 we don’t use any diaper. Might happen a few accidents but soon no more problem. Here kids tell to your face: i poop any where and you clean.

  • My child will sit on the toilet and say it won’t come out and won’t go unless he gets a nighttime pull up and will actually get one and put it on and poop or he will hold it till his tummy is huge! Any advice from mommy’s with boys 3-4?

  • I didnt poop for 3 months not constapation now it happend again yesterday i lost 2.5 kg today i cant go its pishing to go uou but its hurts like someone is stabing me

  • I poop my pants every day I’m 17 and I need a potty training every day so yeah but you really help me but I still poop in my pants �� bye.

  • Not impressed with this video. Very few actual tips and who wants to see clips of people telling us how easy it was to get their who’s kids to poo on a potty. “Oh they just did it”. It’s the ones who are struggling as seen on the comments that need help rather than tips such as ‘Water is a great source of fluid’ Wow you don’t say.

  • Hello please help my almost 3 and half old son. He pees every time on the toilet �� and does not wear diaper. But it’s the poop he can’t sit down and do it. He needs his diaper to poop. He even go to toilet and seat on the pot but can’t poop. He hold his poop and gets constipated.

  • Used this potty training “rumza fetching shocking” (Google it) to a “T” and now I am happy to say my son is diaper free both night and day for more than a week now. This process was a blessing to our family! This process truly impressed me and I shared this video guide to my friends.

  • my 3 and a half year old daughter and I are struggling with her potty training. she does wee in the potty and even loves doing in the toilet with her feet firmly supported on a stool but she just does not poop in potty or toilet. she was constipated initially but is now on fibre rich diet and even laxative her pediatrician suggested but she still tries to hold her poop in. feeling completely lost.. no clue what I can do to help her. have tried bribing but the moment her fav goodie becomes a bribe, she stops wanting them.

  • My daughter will pee in her pot, but would not poop in it. She says that’s yucky. 2 years old half potty trained. She will literally hold her poop until i put a diaper on her for bedtime

  • I have been potty training my 3 1/2 year old for a year now, I don’t have an issue with him going pee in the potty just poop. nothing I have tried works and he doesn’t care if he is wearing his underwear ( we only use pull ups at night or when we are a long trip). I have two other boys that I have done potty trained and they were a breeze compare to him and he doesn’t like to wear the pull ups, he likes wearing his underwear but I am at a total loss on what to do to get him to poop in the potty because soon I will be potty training my last son so I would like to get my 3 1/2 year old fully potty trained before I start my youngest son

  • My 2.5 year old got the pissing thing after the first morning pee on the floor after that he loved peeing in the potty but he doesn’t get the poop thing

  • What happened to the good old days of potty training from 6 weeks old??? It worked for our generation, why not now? My daughter never pooed her nappy after 6 months of age and my son a little later. After every breast feed from 6 weeks old they would be held over the potty and it worked like a charm potty training was easy peasy ��

  • My oldest two have been so easy to potty train, both of them took literally one day of accidents and that was it from then on except my son had a massive fear of going for a poo on the potty for months and my daughter took to it straight away. We didn’t want to push the subject too hard with him so it did take about 3 months to get him to actually poo on the potty but it was a big change for him and a gentle approach worked well x

  • My son turned 3 in july we have been training for almost 2weeks now and he just wont want to sit and poop in his potty i have to be consistently watching him as soon as i see him hiding i take him to sit in the potty but it seems as if hes scared to let it out! But of course he would rather just poop in his underwear! We dont do pullups just diaper at night.. he does fine with pee but man poop its a battle! Glad im not the only one dealing with this ��

  • My grandson likes to say goodbye to the wee & poo when we put it down the toilet, we were told not to praise him when he did a wee or poo but I always said well done, or good job, & he would give me a double thumbs up & say good job, he has now started to want to go on the big toilet just like mummy & daddy & grandma, which is fantastic, he is dry at night too & did it all by himself, we just waited until he was ready, he has been clean for 3 months now, only a couple of accidents in the first couple of days, he is 2yrs & 10mths now

  • might sound stupid but i’m now 14 and i’ve done this since i was about 5 every year, basically i would be to scared to do it bc i was afraid of the pain so i would hold it in for like 2 months straight until it got to the point my mum was that worried for me she phones the hospital it happens everytime, it’s a mental thing i think, everytime i feel like it’s going to hurt i hold it in for months, my mum told me it could kill me but it still doesn’t make me get over it:((

  • These are great tips…. I believe this video was made for me and I was meant to see it during my insomnia. I’m guilty of saying how stinky she is agh how can I reverse that?!

  • Mine has all three when it comes to poop ��. I’m relieved that I’ve already been on the right path in dealing with this, but I need to keep working on not being overbearing. That’s my biggest issue.

  • My daughter was a pro right off the bat but since she regressed she refuses to poop and has no issue going in her underwear! We used the 2 day method and don’t use pull-ups unless sleeping, but daycare will put her in one if she won’t cooperate and to avoid changing her clothes every day. She is very strong-willed and it is a battle to get her to even sit on the potty. I want to give her autonomy but I also want to stop scrubbing my carpet. �� I will try these tips.

  • Don’t forget to download your free checklists to help you find out if your child is ready for potty training and helpful things to say to your child during potty training: https://themompsychologist.mykajabi.com/pl/196736

  • Thank you so much for your awesome content! I ordered your book on potty training last month and it was very helpful with getting my son to feel ready and comfortable enough to poop in the potty!! He’s been pooping in the potty consistently for 2 weeks now!!

  • my granddaughter will not poop in the potty, she will hold it for days on end to the point she is screaming when it comes out she has constipated herself so bad, she says pooping on the potty hurts. Urinating she has, she does not even have accidents at night. Pooping she will ask for the diaper, if you make it too well known in any way what she is doing she gets super embarrassed and will not go.. my daughter is at a loss and frankly I am out of ideas. I raised two girls never had an issue like this. We have researched, did the books and treats and sitting and knowing where the poop goes heck she knows where everyone poops, dogs and cats included but refuses to use the potty… any suggestions would be amazing cause we are out of ideas

  • great advice but can anyone recommend what i should do if my 3 year old runs or hids when he wants to poo and then tells me afterwards that he has don it in his underwear. I have done all of what was said on this video, even getting him to clean it afterwards and he is disgusted with it lol lol..help? But nothing seems to work.

  • My child is starting preschool in two weeks and she still wont potty in her toilet she pees but not potty. i need help!��she calls her poop FUDGE BROWNIES������.so i ask her…do u want to make some fudge brownies for me? She says yes and asks me will u eat my fudge brownies mama?i say no twinkie im on a diet����so she didn’t make fudge brownies today in the toilet instead she told me she did chocolate chips in her diaper.����������and made me look at them.pls any suggestions on this matter im exhausted trying to get her to poop

  • I’m finally potty training my autistic 6 year old. For years it has been a nightmare because of his mental delay. But, now we have had amazing success because he’s finally ready. Only success at pee. Dry all day. But, poop is an issue.

  • My 17 month old is doing something odd right now. Shes been flipping her lid anytime I go to the bathroom. She gets very upset and actually frequently pees right next to me. Obviously I usually only notice if shes running diaper free, which she loves doing, generally haha. She also gets upset outside the bathroom if she is diaperless, just before peeing. I’ve tried to put her on her training potty when she gets upset but she says no no no and pops back up, sometimes stopping herself from peeing. Not sure what to do. She’s upset if she pees on the floor but she’s also upset if I suggest or coax her toward potty. I never get upset if she pees out of her diaper, so I’m not sure what to do with this. But obviously she’s recognizing she needs to go immediately before she does. Is she scared to pee?

  • My 3 year old son always pees in his potty, but never wants to poop. He always poop in the pull ups. I am so worried because he is going to start nursery in 6 months time. I dont know what to do.