Our expert says:
At this age, it's an early form of power-play. Kids don't have the power to insist on much, but many disover that they can exercise great power by saying : "NO!" - refusing something mom and dad obviousl want, gets loads of attention and makes one feel important. So once one gets into this sort ofmsituation, part of the problem is that it can be worsened by all the effort we make to solve it.
Constipation is not comfortable or pleasant, but there can be a sense of hoarding, of keeping one's stuff, when others seem to be so keen on persuading you to throw it away.
I suppose your idea of the laxative is to make him frrl a more urgent need to go to the toilet, and your using a nappy is to avoid a mess if he fails to deliver in the right place.
Kids tend to move back to an earlier stage ( wetting themselves, soiling themselves ) when they are distressed - has anything significant changed in his life and perhaps distressed him ? Do talk calmly and quietly with him, exploring anything else in his life that may be bothering him, explaining that this constiptation issue is a minor problem you're sure he will manage to solve, and you will help him to do so.
If the problem persists, it might be worth having him see a paediatrician for a checkup as very occasionally a child has a physical probelm causing this - though usually not where he has been managing to use the toilet just fine for a while - in that case, a child psychologist would probably be more useful
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