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How to Bowel Train Your Child

Learn how to bowel train your child in this Howcast video featuring potty training specialist Ashley Hickey.


[Music] Let’s talk about how to bowel train your child. Once your child is using the potty consistently for urine, if he's not pooping in the potty, then you can do a separate bowel training. First of all you want to determine the pattern. When does he typically have a bowel movement? Is it related to a time, a place, a person present, an activity or recent food or drink? You want to make note of all this bowel movements for two weeks. Once you determine a pattern, using that data, then you know when you can train him. For instance, if your child typically poops around 8 a.m., then you want to get him settled on the potty about ten minutes before his typical bowel movement. And want him stay on the potty until he has the bowel movement. You also want to make sure that you've got plenty of rewards, so that when he does finally have a bowel movement in the potty you can give him a reward. And you also want to make sure you have plenty of things for him to do while he's sitting on the potty.

Because it could take ten minutes or it could take two hours. It really depends upon the child. It's really important that you give him something to do, so he doesn't get bored and start refusing to sit on the potty. Some kids refuse to poop in the potty and become constipated. If that's the issue, then you need to figure out why they don't want to use the potty to go poop. Is there a fear of the potty? Is it uncomfortable? Do they not have a reason to go poop in the potty? You want to figure out the fear, and then you want to fix the problem. So those are some strategies for getting your child fully bowel trained. [Music]

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