My DS will be 3 after Christmas, and we've been trying to potty train him since the summer. He's only recently (in the last 2 months) learned to pee on the toilet or potty, he'll only do it standing up, but he will not do his poo in the toilet or potty, the only time we've managed to get it in the potty is literally when we've caught it as he's doing it. He refuses to sit on the potty or toilet. We've even bought him a Mickey Mouse seat for the toilet but he will not sit on it. He just screams the place down. He'll do his poos in his pants and I'm getting sick and tired if having to throw out soiled clothes and try scraping poo from them. He has a toilet chart which we've now decided is a 'poo only' chart, but the chart is empty now as he wont poo anywhere apart fro his pants. Please help! I feel like crying! Is restricting him from starting pre school and I don't want him going back to diapers as we've come so far with him peeing in the toilet properly. He'll tell us the second he's poo'd so I think he's fully aware of what he's doing.
Asked by Anonymous at 9:07 AM on Nov. 1, 2013 in Preschoolers (3-4)
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:24 AM on Nov. 1, 2013
If he's getting upset, back off; otherwise, he'll start holding his poop in. That will create a vicious cycle: His stool will become bigger and harder and more painful to get out, and that, in turn, will make him more reluctant to move his bowels on the potty. Keep reading the potty books, and try again in a month or so. If nothing is working, or if his stools are very hard, call your doctor for advice.
Answer by charlotsomtimes at 9:25 AM on Nov. 1, 2013
Answer by 2kids2dogs2cats at 9:14 AM on Nov. 1, 2013
Many times a child is physically ready, but not emotionally ready. It's best to back off and take all the pressure away. Going back to diapers would not be such a bad thing for awhile.
Answer by silverthreads at 9:30 AM on Nov. 1, 2013
I had a late trainer. It's frustrating as hell. I am embarrassed about the amount of money I spent on toilet training paraphernalia, all for nothing. All I learned is that he will do it when he is ready.
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