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my almost 4 year old still wont poop in the potty. the only time he wears diapers is when he has to go.

he knows when he has to go and he pees in the potty. ive tried just not giving him a diaper but he will hold it for days. any suggestions?

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Asked by dusty_rose2003 at 2:19 PM on Oct. 29, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • no experience with this, but i know my now 30 year old cousin did this when he was young. he would tell his mom he'd have to go, and she would put a diaper on him. he would go in the corner, and then she'd change him. everyone laughs about it now. i wouldn't worry. he eventually grew out of it. and he is now a very smart, accomplished adult.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:39 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • i dont know is he afraid of the flush?? maybe try taking the diaper and dumping it in toilet and flushing it and showing him that is where poop goes. and maybe let him flush it so he can see it is not going to hurt him. or maybe let him sit on potty with diaper on when he has to go so he can see it is not going to hurt him. Will he go poopie on the baby potty or do you not use one any more?

    Answer by mommytolots at 8:27 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • My son did this when he was potty training. he would hold it in for days-not good. So our ped suggested a laxative and we did that. We gave him one dose of laxatives and just talked with him. He eventually came around to pooping but he had to do it in his own time. It took a couple of weeks of backing off but talking with him and encouraging while he sat on the potty. We also read to him, played toys with him while he sat on the potty. He is good now and actually gets excited when he has to poop.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 8:29 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • My baby girl did this..... use lots of positive reinforcement when your baby pees, and when it comes to pooping. It will eventually happen.

    Answer by IslandBreeze at 10:03 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

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