Posted by: Granny | 2009/02/18


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



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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