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stool sample.

my 5 yr old has to do a stool sample. how do i explain this to him, so that he doesn't flush the toilet or anything. anyone done this before and got any tips? he keeps getting diarrhoea all the time and i'm not sure what they're checking for, anyone got any ideas as to what they could be? thanks.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:15 PM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Kids' Health

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  • Do you still have a training potty....I would just bribe him into pooping in that.... can carefully drape a garbage bag over the that he poops in that....but that is tricky.... ;)

    Just some suggestions ;)

    Answer by mom2twobabes at 5:20 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • I'd try the training potty, as suggested above. Otherwise, you might just have to keep going with him when he goes, to stop him from flushing. Good luck!

    Answer by tropicalmama at 5:24 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • You can ask the doctor for a "hat" they usually give people to put in the toilet. It catches the stool so you can scoop it into a cup.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 7:11 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • They are probable looking for, worms, bacteria, infection, or blood in his poop. at 5 y.o it's easy to bribe them into going poop in or over a bag or in a bowl for you. Just tell him the Dr needs this so he can make him better. He's old enough to understand that.

    Answer by vbruno at 7:14 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

  • You can NOT use the regular potty. If the poop hits the water in the toilet, it's no good as a sample. I'm surprised they didn't explain that to you.
    Have him poop in a training potty or even in a bowl with a ziplock bag in it.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:34 AM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • Tell him they have to test it to help him get better, and then maybe you two can come up with a method of collection that he is comfortable with (meaning what he will be willing to poop into...). Did the doctor tell you how much they need or how to go about it?

    Answer by BJoan at 4:01 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

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