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FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions about poop problems in children, my method and approach.

Pooping from 3 times a week to 3 times a day is considered as "normal" pooping, provided your child doesn't have pain or difficulty in pooping or suffers from poop accidents. It's important that your child has a poop routine (each child is unique) and that your child is able to poop properly. 

Belly pain, bloated belly, pain or trouble in pooping, soiling pants, varying in stool size and consistency and suddenly experiencing pee accidents or bedwetting are obvious signs of constipation. More difficult to recognize is, when your child does poop daily (even if it is soft), but does not empty its belly. Even then, constipation may be present.

Children who only want to poop in the nappy have their reasons. As long as you as a parent keep offering the nappy, your child won't go to the toilet by him/herself. The longer you keep offering the nappy, the more your child will get used to it and the harder it is to turn nappy pooping into toilet pooping. 

Children who poop in their nappy for longer time, can suffer from unseen constipation. First, because they usually have the wrong poop posture, but in addition, the nappy itself hinders the poop from coming out completely. 

Your child probably has good reasons for not listening. It is helpful if you discover what those reasons are and give them attention. I explain the different reasons in my The SuperPooper Plan. Your child notices immediately when you understand and respond to the reasons. Action from you gives reaction from your child.

Even if your child is not yet potty trained, it is important that your child learns to empty the bowels. Do you see your toddler with nappy withholding, such as hiding to poop or pain or troubles when pooping? The SuperPooper Plan helps parents get started with this, too.

When your child is almost 4, elementary school approaches and many schools refuse children with nappies. Parents must come to school to clean their child in case of soiling pants. So it's time to turn your child into a superpooper and I'm happy to help you with The SuperPooper Plan. I know that parents find this a bit of a challenge, but I can reassure you; most parents let me know that within a few days their child is in charge of pooping. 

When your toddler or preschooler at night has soiling pants , there is almost always severe constipation. The belly is then fully packed and your child has lost control. In most cases, a considerable amount of time must be spent using laxatives and the recommendation is to find out how this poop problem could have occurred. If you have concerns or doubts, always consult with your doctor.

There is (fortunately) rarely a medical cause for a poop problem. If your child suffers from a sudden or prolonged poop problem, it has almost always to do with your child's character, stress experienced by your child and circumstances. Without noticing can your child withhold and that causes less movement in the belly and accumulation of poop. Often a poop problem begins around the potty training period or at the start of elementary school. 

Children often report that they do not notice their soiling pants; they no longer feel that they are losing poop and they do not smell it. We believe this is because children have become accustomed to the smell and because they deny the soiling pants out of shame.

Of course, it is important that your child drinks enough, eats high-fiber food and is active. Usually this is enough to poop properly. In addition, a good poop posture is important as is sending your child to the toilet when you notice he or she has to. If this does not help or if your child is suffering from constipation, it's time to seek help. In The SuperPooper Plan I help you solve the poop problem.

A poop problem that persists can have physical, social and psychological effects. The belly and bowels start to disfunction, which can lead to a chronic poop problem and other physical discomforts and problems, such as soiling pants and bedwetting. A child with soiling pants is often laughed at, bullied and isolated. This creates fear of failure, the child becomes insecure and feels lonely.

With constipation and soiling pants due to constipation, laxatives are always necessary. This is the only way the belly can be emptied and stay empty. If your child suffers from soiling pants without constipation (is much less common), then you should not use laxatives, as this will worsen the poop problem. In addition to the laxatives it is important to investigate what reasons have lead to the constipation. Otherwise you are treating symptoms.

Many parents worry that poop is running down the legs when laxatives are started. But if you use the right dose, it is mostly the case that the poop comes out after a few days. Sometimes a large turd, then smaller droppings, sometimes somewhat thin, depending on the degree of constipation. Running down the legs is rarely the case and if so, it's usually due to the use of a too low dose instead of according to the recommendation.

This is a persistent fable. The recommended laxative - macrogol - works only on the poop and can safely be used for an extended period of time. It makes the poop softer and gives it more volume, so your child will feel better urges again and be able to poop properly. Other laxatives such as an enema, suppositories or tablets have an irritating effect on the bowels, but are sometimes necessary. Long-term use can cause habituation. Therefore, the recommendation in the Guideline Obstipation in Children is not using them for longer periods of time.

It is often necessary to use laxatives for several months to allow the bowel function to recover and the urges to work properly again. Once everything is working properly again you can taper off. In The SuperPooper Plan I explain exactly how to find the best dose and how to taper off in steps. Very occasionally a child may need a laxative for years to keep the belly empty. Using laxatives are always better than stagnation and accumulation in the bowels.

You need a few days to get the plan started. Most parents begin implementation on Thursday evening or Friday morning so that the weekend can be a good time to empty the stomach.

Certainly. My recommendation is to start before the weekend (Thursday evening/Friday morning) so you get a good start in the weekend. The vast majority of children can then go to school/daycare on Monday without problems. However, my advice is to inform the teacher that you've started a poop plan.

My approach is incomparable to other treatments. Those are mainly focused on behavioral change in your child, while a poop problem itself is not a behavioral problem. My focus is therefore on you as a parent. Because, after all, you are your child's best expert. All you need are the right tools, tips and tricks to help your child getting out of the shit. And I share them with you in my do-it-yourself approach. Laxatives also get detailed attention because most parents find this a challenge.

I understand that you mainly want to know the value of my plan. That value is a focused approach to the poop problem and having a superpooper in the house. Instead of sometimes months or years of frustration, helplessness, worries, time for soiling pants and costs of nappies, you buy relief, peace, and freedom for you, your child and your family and save yourself a lot of frustration, time and expenses. See here what you get with my online plan.

If your child continues to suffer from poop accidents despite laxatives, it usually turns out that the laxative plan is not quite in order after all. As a result, soiling pants may even get worse and the urge to poop does not improve. Check the laxative plan again and adjust if necessary and look in your account 'Bottlenecks and help points' or book an online lax consult.

That's annoying and I understand that it seems like it's not working, but I can reassure you. The plan really does work, but sometimes parents miss tips or find it difficult to implement. For example, agreeing on desired behaviors and sticking to them can be tough. Revisit the last lesson and check 'Bottleneck and help points'. If you can't figure it out you can book a consult in my consulting hour or book an online video consult

Most parents let me know that within a few days to a few weeks they have a superpooper at home. That difference has to do with the uniqueness and development of your child, as well as how long your child has been suffering. Time, commitment and patience on your part play a role in this, as do the commitment and attitude of school and/or daycare and other surroundings.

No, guarantees are never offered in healthcare. I do guarantee that I will always do my utmost to help you to the best of my knowledge and ability. But I have no insight into how you implement the plan. That's up to you as a parent; how you get started with the SuperPooper Plan and whether you follow all the steps.

No, I am an integrative child therapist and have specialized in practice as a poop expert. I do provide training to pediatricians and psychologists. My method does not fall within regular healthcare.

Very occasionally there may be (partial) reimbursement. You need a referral from your doctor and a request for compensation from your health insurance company. Your additional care package and policy conditions play a role in this. Each health insurance company has the right to decide for itself. 

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