Thursday, September 04, 2008


My life revolves around poop.

Little Guy has some major pooping problems. Basically, he holds his poop and won't go.

For so long I thought he was just constipated. We changed diet. We tried exercise. We did supplements.

But now I know that none of that really matters all that much because if he wants to hold it, he's gonna hold it.

So yeah, poop (or shall I say lack of poop) is really dominating our lives right now.

Have you ever tried to administer an enema on a three-year-old? It's loads of fun. Loads.

The official diagnosis? Functional fecal retention.

The scary part? Some children never outgrow it.

I've given up on potty training. That's like a pipe dream. I just want him to poop. In his pants. In the toilet. In the middle of the fucking living room. I don't really care. I just want him to stop holding on to it.

Speaking of crap, did anyone see the Republican VP give her speech last night? Ew. I officially hate her.


Blogger Feener said...

how did you get this DX b/c my 4 year old still holds her poop and i don't know what to do

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

Sorry to hear the poop thing hasn't resolved itself. I feel like my life revolves around poop, too, if it makes you feel any better. Eight years of other people's poop = TOTALLY OVER IT.

And I loathe Sarah Palin, as well. Her voice is like nails on a chalk board to me. Seriously, she's worse than Dora the Explorer. Thankfully, they're going to lose ;)

8:45 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Feener: I haven't had it officially diagnosed by the doctor yet but after almost a year of constipation, we slowly realized that he was holding it. Previously, we mistook the grunts (sorry to be graphic) as him trying to go but we finally realized that this is actually him trying NOT to go. We were reading online and came across "functional fecal retention" or stool withholding and we read about it and the behaviors are EXACTLY like what my son is going through. Unfortunately, from what I read it is not easy to treat. Takes a LOT of patience on the part of parents. Also, some children never outgrow it and continue the problems into adulthood. That's what freaks me out the most.

Luckily, our kids are still young enough that we should (hopefully) have a higher success rate.

What are you doing for your daughter? What has worked for you?

If you're interested, we can swap ideas via email...any advice you have is appreciated too!

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry. Evan had this problem, but only foir a few months. I remember having the desire for him to poop ANYWHERE. The floor or new underpants would have been fine with me. It's so hard because they cannot be reasoned with. Sorry I have no advice other than constant prune juice and fiber added to everything, so that they truly cannot hold it anymore.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Blogversary said...

Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, it won't be a long lasting issue.

I like Palin. And, probably good if you did not meet me in person b/c my voice is similar to hers.

It is a northern thing. Most of my childhood friends sound like her.

2:14 PM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

Oy! My daughter had issues with that, too. It was horrible. I don't know if her case is as bad as some I've heard of (boys seem to be the worst offenders). I used those glycerin suppositories (so fun!) and then I would hold her and just keep telling her, "you can do it, you can do it." Ugh!

Good luck... I know it seems horrible now but you will get through it.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Mary-Lue :)

Andrea - prune juice and fiber do work magic. We are doing lots of prune juice and I'm going to start him on benefiber which I've heard good things about. The other thing that seems to be working is Natural Calm which is magnesium for kids.

Blogversary - So you sound like Palin in person, eh? Well, I guess I won't hold that against you. J/k You know I love you!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

I know way too much about withholding, sorry to report.

I think it's best not to make a big deal about it. Give out "vitamins" (aka Benefiber tablets) daily, and encourage regular bathroom visits.

4:36 AM  
Blogger Lisa~Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

My nephew had something similar. Also a friend had this issue with her daughter, too. I can't recall what my sister did with my nephew, but my friend kept feeding her daughter things to MAKE her poop, like raisins, corn, etc, so she COULDN'T hold it in. After a while, knowing you can't hold it in eventually deters them from trying, her daughter's doctor said.


6:59 AM  
Blogger Carter Frais said...

My son does this too, also 3 years old and I feel like I am going to lose my mind every day at the lack of progress in the potty training department. I also wish he would just go anywhere, as long as he goes. Are there any "tricks" to help them?

4:29 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

I'd love to talk to you to share ideas/support. Sounds like we're going through the same thing. Email me if you want to chat - mommy605(at)hotmail(dot)come

9:39 PM  

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