Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sharm | 2010-10-18


4 and a half year old

Good day Doc

My son is 41/2 years old and refuses to poo in the toilet. I have tried many ways to get him to use the toilet/ potty. Can you PLEASE give me some suggestions.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



Your son will need to use the toilet with him going to school soon.The best thing to do is to use a star chart and reward system. First give him a complete break for 10 days with not a word said about potties or toilets. Then start again. Tell him that he is a big boy now and big boys use the toilet. Show him the star chart and tell him he will get a gold star if he uses the toilet. If he does give him the star. Once he has 3 stars in a row then he can get a small reward such as a small toy or something he likes. Next make it 4 stars in a row and steadily build up the number of stars he needs to get before he gets the next reward.

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