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2.7yo denying poo. How to help him?

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DorisShutt Tue 28-May-13 09:50:51

DS is 2.7yo and has always hated nappy changes.

Recently (after a bad bout of nappy rash, when he was playing in the garden and I had a cold so didn't smell the smell) he has started denying that he has a poo in his nappy - even if we can smell it.

Scenario is:
DS does his poo face, then refuses to come near us. When we ask if he's done a poo (or even if we say "oh you've done a poo, lets get that nappy changed") he gets very agitated and repeatedly shouts that he hasn't done a poo. He then legs it away from us and hides in the most inaccessible place. He can also try to hit us as he's that distressed.

We've tried explaining (both at the time and in "quiet" times when he doesn't have a poo) that leaving a poo in his nappy will result in a sore bottom again and that if he tells us, then we get it changed much faster so he can get on with playing but he doesn't seem to get it.

I don't think potty training at the moment is an option - we've been trying nappy free time in the evening as a precursor to possibly trying and he just doesn't yet know if he's going to pee/poo so gets exceptionally distressed if it happens (maybe 30 minutes of uncontrollable sobbing), even though we don't make a fuss about it, just say "oh whoops, let's get that cleared up".


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 28-May-13 10:33:03

Reward him with something when he agrees he's done a poo and submits to getting changed?

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