Pooping from 3 x a week to 3 x a day is a ‘normal’ poop pattern, providing that your child does not experience any problems like soiling pants, tummy pain or difficulty or pain when during pooping. It’s important that your child poops regularly, but even more important is what your child poops. Pooping small bits every day can mean that your child has difficulty in fully emptying at once and every few days an ‘elephant turd’ means that the poo in the belly of your child has been accumulated.
Tummy pain, distention of the rectum, pain when pooping, difficulty with pooping, dirty pants, varying stool in size and composition and suddenly suffering from peeing accidents or bedwetting, are clear signs of constipation. Sometimes your child is pooping daily (even soft poo’s), but is not able in completely emptying the bowels, which means your child is most probably suffering from constipation, although difficult to recognize.
Children who just want to poop in the diaper have their reasons for doing so. If you as a parent continue to offer the nappy, your child will not go to the toilet on its own. The longer you keep offering the diaper, the more your child gets used to it and the more difficult it is to wean your child from it. An additional problem is that long-term diaper poopers may be unnoticed become constipated, because they do not have the best poop position and the diaper itself also hinders the stool to be able to come out completely.
If your child is almost 4, primary school is coming near and your child still poops in the diaper or suffers from dirty pants, then it is time to tackle this on the right way. I’m happy to help you with my online program. I understand very well that parents dread this, afraid of constipation, soiling pants and then the child may not be able to go to school. Most parents let me know – after having started the SuperPooper Plan, that their child had turned into a superpooper in a few days.
When your toddler, preschooler or older child has dirty pants at night, mostly serious constipation is the case. It is necessary to visit your GP and have this checked. In most cases, you must use laxatives for a while and moreover find out how this poo problem could have been started and how to solve this.
Your child must have good reasons for not listening. What matters is that you as a parent understand those reasons and act on this. Those reasons may have to do with your child’s character, family situations and other circumstances that you can discover in my SuperPooper Plan. Your child will notice immediately if you understand the reasons and recognize him. Your action leads to your child’s reaction.
Fortunately, there is rarely a medical cause for a poo problem. If toddlers, preschoolers, and older children are suffering from a poo problem, 95% of them is related to withholding behaviour. Constipation is the most common poo problem and sometimes difficult to recognize. Often a poo problem starts around the potty-training period or at the start of primary school.
It’s always important to make sure that your child drinks enough, eats a fiber rich and varied diet and gets enough exercise during the day. Usually this is enough to keep things moving and to be able to poop properly. Also check how your child is sitting on the toilet and send him to the toilet on time. If you notice that this does not help enough, then it is time to seek help. In my SuperPooper Plan I help you understand what is going on with your child and I offer you a 4-step plan.
A poo problem that persists can have physical, social, and emotional consequences. The belly and bowels start to function less properly, which can lead to a chronic poo problem and other physical discomforts and problems, such as soiling pants and bedwetting. A child with dirty pants is often laughed at, bullied and isolated. This creates a fear of failure, the child can become insecure and feels lonely.
In case of constipation and soiling pants due to constipation, the use of laxatives is always needed. Only in this way can the belly be emptied and remain empty. If your child suffers from soiling pants without being constipated (which happens rarely), you should not use laxatives, because then the poo problem will worsen. In addition to use laxatives, it’s recommended to discover the reasons for the poo problem, otherwise you will be dealing with symptom control.
Sometimes it’s necessary for your child to use enemas or suppositories for a shorter period. They have a stimulating effect on the bowels and make the poo soft. However, the most used and recommended laxatives contain macrogolum and are not addictive on the bowels and can be used for a longer period. Macrogolum makes the poo soft and gives more volume, so that your child will be able in complete emptying the belly in an easy way.
In most cases, it’s recommended to use the laxatives for a while, think of a few months, to allow recovery of the bowel function taking place. When everything is working properly again, you can taper off; that must be done slowly, step by step. In my SuperPooper Plan I explain exactly how you can find the best dosage and how you can taper off. Seldom a child needs a laxative for years to keep the belly empty. Using laxatives is always better than piled up poo in the belly and constipation.
My SuperPooper Plan works, if you follow the 4-step plan and use the tips. The SuperPooper Method addresses you as a parent because you know your child best and you are your child’s own expert. To support you, you will get a combination plan; a complete explanation about laxatives and detailed information and tips & tricks on how you can turn undesirable poop behaviour into desirable poop behavior.
The SuperPooper Plan is a total package that you can follow by yourself. My plan is for parents of children aged 2-7 years. The plan contains videotutorials and a digital workbook and you receive support by e-mail. For your child you’ll find The SuperPooper Book and the SuperPooper App. On my website you’ll find free stuff to support you and your child.
If you do not immediately get the result with your child, it often turns out that the step-by-step plan is not (yet) completely followed as intended. Check whether the laxative plan is correct in terms of doses (many parents give too little), whether you have made agreements about desired behavior and if so, whether the agreements made are clear to your child. Also read the support emails again, which are full of explanation and tips & tricks.
You can immediately start working with the plan at your own pace. There is no waiting list or waiting time and you make a one-time investment for the total program, with tools for you as a parent and for your child. You will also receive support emails.
You can expect the result within a few days to two weeks and sometimes longer. This has to do with the uniqueness and development of your child, but also how long your child has been suffering from the poo problem. Your time and patience as a parent also play a role in this, as does the attitude of school and/or childcare and other surroundings.