Saturday 26 December 2015

Bowel Health - Poop in the overnight diaper or pull-up

When a toddler has poop in the overnight diaper or pull-up, this implies that the child withheld the stool all day and that the poop came out while the child was asleep (unconscious).

Stool withholding is a fundamental learned behaviour in children with constipation.  

When I hear a story about overnight poops that have persisted for many months, this usually implies that the child is "really good" at stool withholding. In my experience, this is often a sign of more serious constipation. 

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