Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Wits end | 2009/04/18


3 1/5 year old pooping in pants

My little boy has been potty trained since he was about 34 months. We have hardly had any weeing accidents. He seems to have good bladder control and asks to go when he needs it. However, we are battling to get him to do a number 2 in the toilet. Every now and then he remembers to tell us and manages to go in the toilet but more often that not he just poops in his pants. I had tried EVERYTHING - remained calm, started a star chart with rewards when he gets it right. The other day he made a mistake and when I aksed him why he said " because I decided to poo in my undies" !

Yesterday after he made a mistake in his pants I said if he did it again I would have to make him wear nappies again. This morning he promised he would tell me when he needed to go so I put his underpants on as normal but he made another mistake. So I have put him in a nappy and I have taken his start chart off the wall. I explained that he can wear is underpants again when he feels comfortable with going for a poop in the toilet.

I dont know if I have done the right thing. Is it going to cause him to regress by putting him in a nappy? Must I leave him in nappies until he asks for underpants again? I dont know what to do anymore. I am at my wits end.

Expert's Reply



Don't put any pressure on your son. Give him a break of at least 2 weeks and don't even mention a word about toilet training. Let him wear pull ups in the meantime. Be very relaxed with him when you re-start his toilet training again and praise him for every success.

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