Your Baby & Toddler - - Front Page - BY TONY HAVERMANN

5HOLDING ONE IN Just be­cause your child might feel the sen­sa­tion to poo, it doesn’t mean that he’s go­ing to poo as soon he gets to the loo, as the sen­sa­tion might not be as acute as it was. Once he gets there, he might then hold it in.

Cindy sug­gests, then, that you give your child a book to read on the potty (while you could mimic him on the loo). That should hope­fully help him and his sphinc­ter mus­cles to re­lax, and al­low na­ture to take its course. “It takes time, and you need to be pa­tient,” she stresses, adding that you might have to make sev­eral trips to the potty a day be­fore your child fi­nally poos.

The last thing you want is a child that holds in poos as this leads to con­sti­pa­tion. While the poo sits in the bowel, it gets harder and harder, and is ul­ti­mately dif­fi­cult and painful to pass. Your child will then be even more in­clined to hold one in as pass­ing a stool hurts — and so the vi­cious cy­cle starts. YB

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