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Poo woes and potty training.

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Writerwannabe83 Wed 22-Mar-17 07:47:51

My son has just turned three and after numerous attempts over the last year to potty train him we finally cracked it about 8 weeks ago and he's now in pants and uses the potty/toilet as he wishes. He's still in nappies overnight.

The problem we have though is that he won't poo on the potty or toilet. He's only ever pooed once in the potty and that was because I caught him mid-poo on the living room floor and sat him on the potty. Any poo that he does do is either in a nappy (which we put on purposefully for him to have a poo in) or he will poo in his pants.

It's obvious when he needs to go for a poo and so we encourage him to use the potty, we sit him on it and let him stay there for a good while but he just won't poo. If he does poo his pants he gets really upsets and tries to run away and hide from us. We obviously reassure him that he's not in trouble but he gets so distressed. If he has a poo in his nappy he will let us change him without any drama.

When he was in nappies he used to poo every day (sometimes twice) but now he's holding it in and only goes about once every 3 days so when they do come they are huge. He's also suffering with tummy ache a little, I assume from holding his poo in, and we are having episodes of over flow too for the same reason.

I just don't know where to take it from here?

I know that it's normal for toddlers to take longer to accept they have poo on the potty/toilet than it does for them to happily wee on the potty but I don't know how to move forward?

My DH is getting a little bit frustrated by it although I've done my best to explain that it's not 'abnormal' behaviour as such but just something we have to work through, but I don't know how to.

Has anyone else been in this situation?

Thewinedidit Wed 29-Mar-17 19:19:27

I have actually came online to write almost this exact post. My DS is completely pee trained now but I've just had to put a nappy on him as he hadn't poo'd in days and I knew he must have been holding it. Did a poo after about 15 mins of the nappy being on.

I have no advice. I just wanted to sympathise.

I will say there is an app "poo goes to pooland" that we got from recommendation on MN. It hasn't at all solved the issue but maybe has made him less scared of the idea of it. Or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part!

JennyjENjENJenny Wed 29-Mar-17 19:24:14

There are many many threads on this, it's so common, apparently they get over the phase somewhere between the ages of 4 and 5.

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