Re: 3 year old holding in bowel movements
My Daughter would hold in her BM's also. She started about the time she was 2.5. I took her to many Peds and they didn't know what to tell me , just that she was constipated. If I had known better I would have insisted on getting a referal to a ped GI doc. She would not go for weeks at a time. Her little tummy was so hard and swollen and she didn't want to eat more than a few bites. We had her on mineral oil for a little bit and it made her have diarrhea. Also made her hair start falling out. I read that mineral oil strips all vitamins and minerals form the body. Long story short, we beagn potty training her but we didn't push the poop thing beacuse it was already such a major issue. Eventually she went on the potty one day and ever since then she hasn't had any major problems. I'm in no way saying that it was overnight, she took a long time to get regular. She would go once a week maybe, and then once every 5 days, until finally she would go every day. She was about 5 before it all ended. I understand your frustration, it is something so stupid yet so worrisome. I have heard of a few moms since then who have the same issues with their daughters. All of them say that their daughters are high strung, emotional, and need to be in control. My daughter is the same. Perhaps it is a control issue, thats all they can control at this point. I wish you all the best and know that you are not alone.