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Parenting Snapshots #5: Withholding or constipation in potty training

Constipation in potty training: What to doWe are going to chat poo, or to be more precise witholding or constipation in potty training. Kate Barlow from the Parent Consultancy is with us again for a Google hangout and following on from the Potty Training theme from the last two weeks when we discussed starting and potty training tips. Kate has written recently on her blog about withholding, so it seemed a sensible thing for us to chat about it as well. It can be quite a distressing time for both the parents, and the child concerning. In particular, children may not even be aware why they are worried about poo-ing in the potty or toilet and insist on using a nappy.

We cover a number of topics within the hangout including:

  • What withholding is
  • Why does constipation in potty training or withholding occur
  • Is it true this happens more in boys?
  • What can we do when this happens to help our children?
  • Do we need to find out what is causing our child to be scared? Will they know?
  • How can we help our children not to be worried about poo-ing?
  • Will books about poo help?!

A helpful chat, but as is likely to be the case, there is a lot of talk about poo; but hey, if you are potty training then I am sure you are used to it anyway!

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Have you had experience on this – what did you do, what worked what didn’t? Do share with us.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Thursday 31st of October 2013

Totally had to deal with this. Two words: stool softener. Worked so brilliantly, relatively quickly and easily. Kicked myself repeatedly for not seeing the doctor sooner.

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