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Old 06-30-2016, 07:20 AM   #1
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How to approach Potty Training when Constipated Child

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I have a little one who just turned 2. We potty trained his big brother at 2.5 so we are looking to do the same with this guy.

I'm looking for advice though because my little guys struggles with constipation.

I have been working with the pedi for over a year trying to resolve the issue with both food/drink as well as supplementing with Lactulose.

However, if he sneaks a banana or eats too much cheese or just doesn't drink enough water in a day he will have a poo that so hard that he ends up crying and screaming when trying to get it out the next day.

Since the consequence (hard poo) doesn't happen until the next day he doesn't connect the food to the pooing problem yet. (only 2) I'm hoping when he gets older he will understand this and we won't have as much trouble.

Right now I'm wondering how to proceed with potty training. He has the vocabulary to express his need to go potty. He wants to be like big brother and is showing curiosity, and knows when he is about to pee and poo. So other than the constipation issue I think he will be ready very soon.

How did you you ladies (and gents) handle potty training a little one who struggled with pooing?



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Old 06-30-2016, 02:01 PM   #2
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I have a constipated kiddo too. Have you tried a low dose of magnesium daily. It won't teach them to address thier food choices but it really makes my daughters stool easy to pass. Otherwise they tend to want to hold it which makes things worse. Good luck.

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Old 06-30-2016, 06:28 PM   #3
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Re: How to approach Potty Training when Constipated Child

Mine didn't want to poop on the potty until it stopped hurting, so we had to fix the constipation first. I let it go too far and it took a long time for her to heal, but I had the best results with Miralax.

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Old 03-17-2017, 09:46 AM   #4
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Re: How to approach Potty Training when Constipated Child

Fix constipation first. He has time to learn about diet and will be easier to teach and will understand better when he gets older. So anything you can do that will make it easier, I say do that (magnesium?) Keep the potty a positive place and introduce it after the constipation has improved. One hurdle at a time...
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I agree with the others- fix the constipation first. Get a referral to a pediatric GI so you can get on top of the issue.
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