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Adjusting Period: How to Deal With Potty Training Constipation


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Adjusting Period: How to Deal With Potty Training Constipation

There are reasons why your child experiences potty training constipation. Let us take a look and review what these disturbing reasons are:

  • Pressure during the potty training. During the potty training perhaps you are pushing your child too much and you expect too much from your child. This should not be the case. Pressuring the child to do more than he or she is capable of doing will make your child nervous and have butterflies in his or her stomach and possibility is that he or she will constipate. Relax your child during potty training. Make it as if it is a child’s play and not a child obligation. If you make the potty training light, most likely your child will learn fast without constipating.
  • The child is dependent on the diaper until such time the diaper becomes too tight on him or her. Potty training constipation will probably occur due to the tightness of the diaper. This will push his tummy and will exert pressure on it. Because your child is too reluctant to use the potty, he or she will rather use the diaper even if it feels uncomfortable. Do not tolerate this. Even during potty training, make him or her wear something comfortable, loose underwear perhaps. Aside form allowing him or her to breathe and avoid the constipation, your child will also have the freedom to move.
  • Child’s intake. Always monitor your child’s food. This may be the cause of his or her irregular constipation habit. The diet of the child should not contain junkfood but rather it should be complete with vegetables and fruits. This will help your child use the potty comfortably since he will then be experiencing a regular bowel movement. Adequate fiber intake will avoid constipation.
  • Your child is reluctant in going to the potty that is why there is build up in his or her intestine that causes constipation. Take time to talk to your child about this issue. Make him or her understand that potty will help his or her bowel movement. Always encourage your child to go to the potty whenever needed. Also, tell your child that his or her stomach will hurt very badly if he or she refuses to go to the potty. This is not scaring the child but stating the facts of what will possibly happen.

Here are signs in constipation that you should be meticulous about:

  • Frequent stomachache complaints
  • Stool is giving your child a hard time to go to the potty
  • Bowel movement is longer than usual
  • Blood in underwear or stool
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bedwetting
  • A very smelly and odd looking feces compared before

Always address this issue and attend to your child’s needs. If it gets worse, then it is time to consult a doctor and have your child checked. Never wait for potty training constipation to occur. As early as now, give your child the essential needs to avoid constipation.

Liyah Cherby has been helping out parents with potty training problems. She advices parents what to do to arrive with a successful potty training amidst the problems. For more information about potty training click at


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