Stool Withholding: What to Do When Your Child Won’t Poo! by Sophia J. Ferguson
Inspired by the author's experience of this issue with her own son, this easy-to-understand guide gives detailed advice on every aspect of stool withholding including constipation, toilet training, laxative medication and soiling (encopresis).
Stool withholding is most common in two to four year olds but it can also affect babies and school-age children. It is often triggered by an episode of painful constipation. The child then becomes so terrified of experiencing this pain again that they hold on to their poo for days, even weeks, at a time.
Just to add to the misery, stool withholding often causes children to soil their underwear (encopresis). This bewildering problem can sometimes feel like a form of daily torture, not just for the child but for the whole family. Unless you've experienced this with your own child, it's difficult to imagine how distressing it can be.
After reading this book, parents will have a straightforward plan of action, with lots of tips and strategies to try at home. With detailed information about the laxative MiraLAX / RestoraLAX in the USA/Canada edition, and Movicol in the UK/Europe/Australia/New Zealand edition, this book is relevant to parents and health professionals worldwide. The advice given is backed up by research, as well as the experiences of the author and other parents who have had to deal with this issue.
Aimed primarily at parents, this guide should also be essential reading for doctors, teachers, health visitors, nurses, nursery staff, nannies, foster parents and psychologists and anyone else who works with, or cares for children. Stool withholding is a widely misunderstood issue. If awareness and understanding is increased many families could be spared this distressing problem.
Recommended by ERIC: The Children's Bowel & Bladder Charity · www.eric.org.uk