More than 100,000 children per year suffer from a poo problem.

More than 100,000 children per year are suffering from a poo problem. They are – together with their parents – in a shitty situation. I know all about that, because as a child I suffered from ongoing poo problems for 10 years. Poo problems ofter start unnoticed and gradually and nor parents nor the child are to blame.

Fortunately, rarely medical causes are playing a part, but it is important that any medical causes are ruled out. Please consult your doctor with persistent or acute poo problems.

“It’s all about whát your child is pooping,
never about thát your child is pooping”

Do you recognize the following poo behaviour of your child?

Is your child hiding behind the couch or under the table to poo in its nappy? Does your child show stress and resistance and refuse to poo on the potty or the loo? Does your child refuse to go when he really needs to go and do you see your child panicking? Do you get countless calls from school, to come and change and clean your child’s soiling pants? Or does your child say he doesn’t feel the (urge to) poo? Many parents think their child is pooping in its pants on purpose and lying about not feeling the urge to poo. Not true, because no child wants to be deliberately in a shitty situation.

“Your child has lost control of its belly, the urge and the pooping”

Does this sound familiar?

Does your child suffer from tummy ache or a swollen belly? Doesn’t your child want to poo or do you notice that your child isn’t able to poo? Do you see fear with your child or do you signal pain with pooping? Moreover, does your child sometimes or often produce varying stool like an elephant poo, rabbit droppings, big and hard poo or diarrhea? Or does your child have daily (at least 3 days a week) chunks of poo or stains in its pants? Or does your child have pee accidents or suffer from bedwetting while being potty trained? 9,5 out of the 10 times it’s about constipation.

“Recognizing constipation may be difficult; especially when your child produces daily a soft poo”

The major culprit is constipation!

When constipated the use of laxatives is a must. I know and understand the fear of parents to use laxatives, because they are scared of the risk of addiction or lazy bowels after use. I can reassure you, that’s a myth, because the most common used laxative only works on the poo and not on the bowels. Besides using laxatives, you need to find out the underlying ‘crap’, otherwise the use of laxatives will turn out into symptom control. That’s why a multi-track approach is helping. One plan of action in which you gain the know-how for emptying the belly ánd learn how to handle the toilet behaviour of your child at the same time.

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FACT!

WHEN TALKING TO YOUR BABY ABOUT ‘BLEHH, YUCK, EWW’ CONCERNING POO AND PULLING A FACE, YOUR CHILD MAY THINK THAT HAVING A POO IS WRONG. THIS MAY AFFECT THE POTTY TRAINING.

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SMILE DURING CHANGING A NAPPY FULL OF POO, SAYING ‘WOOHOO SUCH A NICE POO’ OR ‘WHAT A COOL POO YOU’VE MADE’.

Taubman, Blum, Nemeth, 2003 – A study with more than 400 children shows that 1 of the 5 children refused to poo on the toilet during the potty training. Research showed that using positive words about pooping can actually shorten the amount of time it takes to potty train.

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