Thursday, May 17, 2012

Potty Training Trouble at 5-Years-Old

Note: This post contains "potty talk." There also may be TMI, so don't say I didn't warn you.

This post is pretty difficult for me, because it feels like a parenting fail. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly where we went wrong.

C will be 5-years-old this year, and he is still not properly potty trained.

*Cringe*

Please, don't judge me. Or do---just don't tell me about it.

It all started during regular potty training. He learned how to pee just fine, but when it came to number two, he wanted nothing to do with it. He used a diaper and pull-ups until he was 3, when he finally started pooping in the potty. When we moved to our new home, he started holding in his poop. I could tell whenever he was doing it, because he'd cross his legs, squeeze his butt together, or generally just try not to move. Sometimes some would escape, and he'd pretend that nothing happened. He'd refuse to go, and he would lie when I asked if he had to.

We finally got a system in place that worked. I'd have him go to the potty at different times of the day, and if he pooped, he'd be rewarded. He did very well, but recently, he started holding it again.

These past few days have been very frustrating and we haven't made much progress. I did some research, hoping to come across a solution.

We're going to start by adding more fiber to his diet, and having him sit on the toilet at different times each day. If this doesn't help him, we're going to switch to a stool softener (they make children's laxatives in flavored chewable candy-like squares). Once he realizes that he can let it go without a problem, hopefully he'll feel more comfortable with pooping.

If this doesn't work, we're going to get him to the pediatrician.

I feel like we've tried everything. We've provided incentives and disincentives. We've talked to him about the dangers of holding it in. I've joked about "dropping the poop into the water slide." He laughs, but it doesn't work the way I want it to. We've asked him if it hurts, and he tells us no. He doesn't really give us much information to work with. It's rough.

It really sucks not knowing the answer to every problem I encounter as a mother.

Did you have any potty training trouble with your child?


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