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Question: Potty trainning


 misswuzzy - Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:41 pm

Having trouble with 3 1/2 yr old grandson, potty trainning.

urnating no problem but bowel movement difficult, may not be getting message soon enough to know he has to go.

He ll start holding his buttox and u know he has to go but when he s sitting on the toliet nothing happens. there may be some in his pants, also very hard to clean him.
The stool is like paste and we have to use a wet cloth to wipe him. It seems to me that the movement isnt as free as it should be, it s also dark in color, this concerns me the most. what advice for the potty trainning and should he see a Dr.?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:24 pm

User avatar Hello,
What you describe is well within the normal limits for a child this age. It takes lots of practice and patience. The color of stool varies with diet and as long as it's pasty, it does not sound like constipation. Sometimes it's just a matter of maturity and his body getting the signals. Just keep trying, encourage him and if you don't have a small potty chair, perhaps that would help him to relax a little. It's also fine to have him sit with a picture book or something while waiting.

Best wishes.

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