At last we have a book which focuses exclusively on stool withholding in children and how to overcome it. 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 soiling (encopresis), toilet training, laxative medication and constipation.
Stool withholding is most common in two to four year olds but it can also affect 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 poop for days, even weeks, at a time. Just to add to the misery, stool withholding often causes children to soil their underwear. 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 just how distressing it can be.
After reading this, parents will have a straightforward plan of action, with lots of tips and strategies to try at home. The book also contains useful information about the laxative MiraLAX, with guidance on appropriate doses. 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 healthcare professionals, teachers and anyone else who works with, or cares for, children. Stool withholding is still a widely misunderstood issue. If awareness and understanding of this subject is increased, many families could be spared this distressing problem.
Five Star Review on Amazon By Melissa
Amazing! Very very helpful and precise. I would recommend 100% this book to all the moms that has a kid with this issue at home. I have tried everything and this book has very good startegies to help you to succeed. Good luck to everyone.
About the Author
Sophia Ferguson has a degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Applied Social Research and a great interest in all things medical and psychological.
She can be contacted at: stoolwithholding.com