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Old Jan 9th, 2012, 14:49 PM   1
Dona
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Toddler holding in his poo


I have a three yr old boy Archie, who is holding in his poo which started when one was sore to pass. Now he associates pooing with pain. The more he holds it the more poo leaks out and the more we have to wipe him which gives him a sore bum. It's a catch 22 position.

I have read that this is very common and would like to see if any of you girls have experienced this and what tips you can share to help us all through this stressful time.

He's on lactalous which hopefully will keep his poos soft. I have also upped his fiber intake.

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Old Jan 9th, 2012, 14:57 PM   2
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My 16 month old is the same - I feel your pain. We give him 5ml of lactulose twice daily now, and tonight I also gave him some calfig (syrup of figs, from Boots) as he's not been properly for a few days and is straining all the time to try and not poo

We just try and get him to eat as much fruit and drink as much water as possible. Someone on here advised me not so long ago that if you increase fibre, you have to increase water intake too, otherwise the fibre will just sit there, go hard and make the situation worse.

My boy tends to poo in his cot at night now, rather than during the day. I'm not sure if it's because he's relaxed or because he's a tummy sleeper and that helps.

We are giving Alex loads of praise when he does poo, but it's not working yet!

Hope you see an improvement soon.

Laura x



 
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Old Jan 9th, 2012, 15:08 PM   3
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My youngest went through this recently she was constipated and it hurt to poo....therefore began holding her poo in which created more problems so we took her to the doctor who prescribed movical for 10 days its a powder you mix with water which not only makes stools softer you pass them faster......after a few days of that she started pooing about 3 times a day and has 2-3 poos a day since......doesnt ty to hold it in....doesnt cry.... doesnt strain isnt scared etc lactalose doesnt really help imo x



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Old Jan 9th, 2012, 15:22 PM   4
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We've had a similar thing with Jay It's so horrible seeing them in pain, we tried lots but in the end what worked for us (and still does) is Movicol every other day. I also bought him a book on amazon 'Liam goes Poo on the Toilet' and he latched on to some of the sayings like 'relax and push' and over the last few weeks he's getting better all the time.

Hope your LO gets over this phase soon

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Old Jan 9th, 2012, 15:53 PM   5
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Connah does the exact same except we are thinking now that it is a problem for him all the time rather than triggered by a 1 off iykwim?

He isnt scared of the toilet or anything but he will hld his poo as long as he can and when we do take him to try and get him to go he screams so much that it has to be hurting him. He breaks a sweat its that bad. Its not always constipated poop though

OH seems to think it could be a tear inside so weve booked him in the docs. Hopefully he will prescribe something. Weve changed is diet too but to no avail so far.

Bluebell-the book sounds great,ill give that a go too

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Connah does the exact same except we are thinking now that it is a problem for him all the time rather than triggered by a 1 off iykwim?

He isnt scared of the toilet or anything but he will hld his poo as long as he can and when we do take him to try and get him to go he screams so much that it has to be hurting him. He breaks a sweat its that bad. Its not always constipated poop though

OH seems to think it could be a tear inside so weve booked him in the docs. Hopefully he will prescribe something. Weve changed is diet too but to no avail so far.

Bluebell-the book sounds great,ill give that a go too

xx



 
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Old Jan 12th, 2012, 16:01 PM   7
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I might buy the book and also get movacal. Thanks girls. A little bit of progress with Archie I guess. I've been sitting with him in the loo and he draws. Eventually he screams for me to wipe his bum but I keep distracting him by getting him to draw. The poo comes out and we draw how big it is and pin it on the loo wall. He was very excited about it. Hopefully he will want to do it again! It's such a stressful stage! I just want it to be over.



 
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Old Jun 11th, 2013, 17:49 PM   8
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I know this is a really old thread but I wondered if u had an update? My little girl is going through this just now and it's a nightmare. It's so hard to watch her struggle to hold in her poop every 20 minutes or so xx



 
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