Wednesday, February 3, 2010
"Oh for God's sake would you just have a shit on the bog and be done with it...."
Hold up, before you reach for your phone to ring Social Services, I've not actually muttered those words, well not out loud anyway, but I am very, very close to it.
Joseph is 3½ and will not poo on the loo. I am at the end of my tether mainly because our constant encouragement and his constant resistance is manifesting itself into a wakeup call at 4am every night, when his body can no longer hang onto the poo and he inevitably does it in his pull-ups and wakes me up to change him.
I've tried everything I can think of, rewards, bribery (a present and a cake which has now been renamed a 'poo cake'), not doing things together until he's had a poo, reasoning, getting cross, even letting him watch me but still nothing. He will sit compliant on the loo for a few seconds and then announce "all gone" and get off.
I am currently trialling a no pull-up at all until he absolutely has to go, so far this has just made him clingy and bad tempered, probably due to a stomach ache and has left him letting off farts that smell like I would imagine dead skunks smell, thankfully he's back at school for a couple of hours this afternoon so someone else has to suffer those! Obviously I can only let him suffer this discomfort for so long and I have a sneaky feeling that he'll be back in a pull-up for bedtime tonight without having had his daily ablution.
He eats a well balance diet with plenty of wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables and has never suffered with constipation so I know that it's not an issue of pain. He's not afraid of the toilet itself and he fully understands the concept of 'big boys pooing in the toilet' but he just won't go. Gah!
Anyone else out there experienced the same thing? How did you tackle the problem or did it just resolve itself without any intervention? All help and advice greatly accepted.