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Why do toddlers holding bowel movements.?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Child retains stool?

Voluntary stool retention is a surprisingly common problem among young children (typically males).
Scheduled stooling, use of stool softeners, reward for healthy behavior & dissuading maladaptive behavior often helps. Before assuming however your child is exerting "control", first have him/her medically evaluated for colo-rectal dysfunction, hirschprung's, metabolic disease & re-evaluate diet.

In brief: Child retains stool?

Voluntary stool retention is a surprisingly common problem among young children (typically males).
Scheduled stooling, use of stool softeners, reward for healthy behavior & dissuading maladaptive behavior often helps. Before assuming however your child is exerting "control", first have him/her medically evaluated for colo-rectal dysfunction, hirschprung's, metabolic disease & re-evaluate diet.
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