Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Granny | 2009-02-18

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5 year old won' t use toilet

My nearly five year old grandson won' t do his poo' s on the toilet. Until recently, he was still using a nappy. When his mother " makes"  him sit on the toilet, he sits for a while then says he doesn' t want to go anymore. I believe it is more of behaviour problem than anything else but can' t offer advice to my daughter as to how to convince the child to co-operate. Their doctor says it is best not to force the issue as it could cause him to develop constipation problems. What can be done?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is never an easy problem and even more so in a 5 year old who attends school.He is obviously too old for a nappy now. Try him on a reward system if he uses the toilet such as useing a start chart. Hhe should get a reward after 3 successive stars for using the tiolet. Give him something small but something that he wants and values.Read more on Google about this very common problem.

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Posted by: Jean | 2009-02-18

my son is 2y 9months, and he does the same, he is potty trained but he doesnt go any where else but his nappy. if i refuse and force him, he will keep it in untill u give him his nappy! then he will hide in the corner or somewhere u wount see him and do his thing there, he is very shy.
i would also love to know what i can do

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