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How do I win over 4 yr old son holding bowel movements.?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 1st get child eval
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: 1st get child eval
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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