Summer09 asks:

2 yr. old won't stop getting poopy...

My 2 yr. old step daughter won't stop getting into her pooy diaper. We've tried everything to prevent it clothing wise but she keeps figuring out how to get into her diaper still. We've tried potty training but she refuses to use the potty, when ever we put her on the potty she screams bloody murder. She is ok playing in her poop until we catch her, then she starts crying when she see's us. It has been 14 times that she has gotten into her diaper now, what do I do??
In Topics: Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago



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Jul 14, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

The concern you have about the two year old getting into her poopy diaper of course is legitimate and something that needs to be stopped.  Before trying any additional suggestions, please contact your pediatrician to voice your concern and ask for help.  

Many times if her poopy diaper occurs during a certain time of day you can then begin to develop a schedule that includes sitting on the potty during that time.  Many potty chairs have racks for books, so it can be a reading time while she sits there.  You may need to sit there with her to monitor that she stays on the potty and to encourage her.  You could possibly read to her.  This needs to be a time and an experience that is pleasurable to her.  Not a time that she fights to avoid or screams when put on the potty!  If and when she is able to use the toilet, make a BIG deal out of it.  Clap, cheer, and maybe even call Daddy on the phone and allow her to tell him what a big girl she is.  Provide her with a reward for using the potty for poop rather than her diaper or panties.  If she likes stickers, let her earn one for staying on the potty and trying without crying.  She can earn something even bigger if she actually poops in the toilet or potty seat.  This will not be fixed overnight but things should improve rather quickly. We are sure that your pediatrician will have additional ideas for you to try.

Be sure to let us know how you are progressing on the issue!!

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