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My 4year Old Is Afraid And Refuses To Go Poop In The Toilet Why Is This So
Depends: Did s/he go previously & have a toilet back up scare? Has s/he never tried? As dr kim states, break it up into useful stages + rewards. Entering the bathroom stage1/ disrobing 2/ sitting 3/ sitting 1min 4/ making poo stage 5.A 4yo can tell you what they value, so rewards should be focused on their wants & easy to deliver. Some are slower than others but be patient and supportive. New is stressful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On or in ?: The color of stool, from green through yellows and browns is unimportant. If the blood is bright red, it comes from near the outlet and usually represents a scratch in the outlet. Bulky or hard stools often cause this. If it is darker red or purple and mixed within the stool it may represent an infectious process. Check with his doc. ...Read more
What is the danger of a 4-year old boy who refused to do a bowel movement in the toilet and will hold it for 4-5 days?
Routine: As you well know, just telling him to poop in the toilet is likely not an option. However, many autistic kids are creatures of habit and routine. So start making toileting part of his unwavering routine. He should sit on the toilet for 5 minutes after every meal and before bedtime. Those are times when the gut is naturally moving things along, so he will begin to associate gut feelings with toilet. ...Read more
My 4 year old has always squatted to poop. Now she is having problems with being constipated because she can't go on the toilet. Any suggestions?
See Peds: Pediatrician can observe her process of elimination in office. If not able there, video at home should help. This assumes a thorough h&p as well, of course. ...Read more
My 4 year old pees on the toilet fine but becomes hysterical if you try to get him to poop on it. At what age is this behavior no longer "normal".
Painful experience: No history mentioned for this child previous experience on his bowel movement , bad /pain or stressful events/events or toilet training. if he has underline problem such as constipation or painful bm that has to be addressed and then retraining with unhurried supportive manner should be followed. your child should be seen with his pmd first and then go from there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I help my 4 year old daughter poop easier? She trys to go numerous times before it will come and they are big
Impaction: Prolonged periods of time without a bowel movement (less than a week) are likely not dangerous for an otherwise healthy child, but can be quite uncomfortable and more difficult to address as more time passes. A glycerin suppository or Fleets enema are generally required at this stage to get things moving, followed by several weeks of stool softening, dietary modification and bowel retraining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4 year old wont pee or poop in potty tried everything . He goes in his pants right after no matter how long he sits on potty. How do I get him trained?
Copycat: An easy way is to try to have your kid use the potty in presence of another kid doing the same - if another kid a little older (or the same age) could be used as a "volunteer". Your pediatrician may have more ideas, and by the way check for fecal impaction, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 year old has black tarry poop. today and yesterday. he didn't eat anything of the color. i can't think of what is causing it. should i be worried?
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