My 5 & 6 year old boys are continuously pooping themselves. It's starting to get VERY frustrating.
My 5 year old was a late potty trainer, and hasn't really stopped pooping himself - ever. He has no problem going pee in the potty, but when it comes to pooping - he just seems to not care.
My 6 year old was a super easy potty trainer, and didn't poop his self - for him he's been doing it on and off for about 2 years, but it's been a constant issue the past 8 months or so. We have to make sure we keep him on a high fiber diet (fiber cereal in the morning and fiber bars for a snack). For awhile we were thinking that was the issue - if he wasn't getting enough fiber he would hold it in for weeks until he couldn't do so anymore. He now gets fiber every day - so the constipation is no longer the under lying issue.
I've been told not to punish them - that it'll only make it worse. The thing is - being nice about it doesn't get anywhere either. So what are we to do? It isn't an accident when they poop themselves - it's just pure laziness - they don't want to stop playing, and take the time to go potty. Yet they will stop playing to go pee in the potty. It just makes absolutely no sense.
My husband and I are fed up with it. We are tired of them cuddling up to us smelling like poop. Their room stinks of it, and there are times when I find little "crunchies" on the floor from falling out of their underwear - which I am afraid that our 8 month old will ingest one of these days. Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts on what we could do?
I do make them clean their own underwear/pants when they do poop themselves, and we have taken away priveleges - TV, video games, toys, etc. Nothing seems to be working. My oldest has had one "accident" at school - so it seems to only be a thing they do when they are anywhere else.
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