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cmwhite81

Stubborn BM trouble with 4-1/2 year old.

My 4-1/2 year old son is having trouble with his BMs and has been for a year or more. He goes pee in the toilet just fine. I can not get him to have consistant BMs in the toilet. I have tried just about everything from charting with star stickers, changed his diet somewhat to make it easier, giving a small treat for each time he poops in the toilet, and then concequences for lying about accidents.

We are trying to be as consistant with him as possible but he still continues to go hide and poop in his underwear, even in his favorites...he is being completely stubborn and does not care about dirtying his undies, I even make him wash them out himself and it's not a concern for him. His friends at daycare have expressed they do not like that he smells, they love him, but not his stinky poop.

What to do??? He is supposed to start kindergarten next fall and I have already had to forgo preschool because of this. Any advise?



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2xstepmom

See your doctor to rule out any medical problems that could be causing this issue. It could also be a psychological issue. Look up childhood encopresis for other suggestions.

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cmwhite81

Thank you...I had not been told about the childhood encopresis so I am reading into this today.