My 3.5 year old holds onto her poo for days.
Everyday for a good 4-5 hours she will try but from what I can gather she feels it coming then holds it back.
She will cry for hours about it.
Most days she will just lay on the couch trying to hold it in with such effort she will break into sweats, no matter how much I encourage or leave her be she will try her hardest to hold it until her body gives up.
It's effecting everyone, I can't leave the house when she is like this, she is up at night, and most of all she is missing out on so many things due to this.
It's not constipation, she needs to go but doesn't want to, when she does go its soft not hard.
She has been like this since a few months old really, back then though she wasn't able to hold it for more than 30 minutes but it was still a big ordeal for her to do number 2.
She is toilet trained for wee's but not poo, refuses to go near the toilet when she feels a poo coming on.
What am I suppose to do when she goes to prep?
I've tried everything to get her to go.
I've never given her a negative reaction to bowl movements, we have tried reward when she does a poo etc.
She was on laxatives but that made it worse as she would leak little bits that got so soft they would come out, her tummy pains were worse and it generally made no difference.
She is on a high fibre diet , but maybe I'm missing something
Here is what she had today.
Breakfast- Wholemeal toast with just butter
Morning tea- freshly juiced pear juice (3 whole pears) i make this myself, it's just 3 pears I run through my juicer. No sugar etc.
A bowl of almonds.
Lunch- brown rice with quite a big bowl of broccoli.
Afternoon tea- baked beans
Dinner- steamed chicken with peas.
She has had aprox 1.2 liters of water (she emptied her 1l water bottle plus a small cup of water)
She also has benifibre and probiotic daily.
If she keeps going like this our dr wants to start doing enemas, But I believe that will only frighten her more and make it more of a "thing" iykwim.
I'm at a total loss on what to do.
I hate seeing her in this pain.