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A 37-year-old male asked:

Started toilet training our 3yr daughter but she hasn't passed motion in 3 days now. she is very unformirtable and we'v put her back on a diaper. she's having lots of fiber & water. what should do?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Ask Peds: Likely a glycerin suppository will help move things from below. If this situation recurs or is ongoing, you should consult her pediatrician, as may need to be sure right kind of fiber (such as miralax) is being used--bulking agent might make her more uncomfortable when things aren't moving. Prunes, apple juice and the like also help move.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Discuss with pediatr: Generally you should not force this on your child. She may not be having bowel movements because she is defiant of your efforts (three year-olds). Try and use a reward mechanism. She will respond when she is ready.

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