Childhood Diseases

Posted by: stressed mom | 2009-04-19


potty training he is 4 already

my son turns 4 tomorrow and still uses a nappy to poop at night. he will sit on the potty for upto 2 hours and not poop. he has pooped in his underpants a few times when i wasn' t looking. i am tired of sitting fruitlessly by his side on the potty so i dont even try anymore, i just put the nappy on.... every night without fail about 1 hour into his sleep he poops. there have been occasions where the poop almost out in his pants and i grab the opportunity to put him on the potty but he keeps it in. he is not constipated. obviously he is anxious about the potty, i don' t know what to do, please help. when i mention the word potty he already makes a run for it(i did try encouraging him also by letting him see me or dad make a poop and clap hands,sing and all that with no effect, even tried bribing him with stickers etc also to no effect).

many ppl advise me just to let him sleep without the nappy but surely there is a better way? i don' t want my son to sleep in poop. i tried for one night to let him go nappy-less and within half hour the entire mattress was wet.


Expert's Reply



Your son is getting to the age where it is important that he be fully toilet trained. He is probably too old to be sitting on a potty at this stage. He needs to sit on the toilet. He may be frightened of the flushing part so don't flush while he is still sitting on the toilet.Some children simply refuse to sit on the toilet. This can quickly degenerate into a situation where you almost are forced to make him sit on the toilet which only aggravates the problem. It is important to remain calm and patient at all times.Continue to use a start chart which can be very effective. Another trick is to make a simple agreeemnet such as: 'You go and sit on the toilet and I will have an ice cream ready for you when you come out' Praise every success.With patience and time he will come right.

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