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    Long story short, the pediatrician says we need to PT DD2 (18 mos) and we need to do it asap. Any tips? She is dry overnight occasionally so I know she has some capacity....her language skills are good as well so she can tell me she needs to go and has on occasion. She seems awfully little for this, though, and I've never done this under pressure like we are now. She has to train. Any tips?
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    Umm, I don't think you can rush this! What did the pediatrician say about how to make this happen?

    If there is a medical reason why you need to do this, than you need to find a children's hospital (or someone to help you). 18 months is much too young to expect potty training...

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    She's withholding her poop leading to really, really serious constipation. It just started two weeks ago and it's awful.
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    My oldest was 2 and my nieces were 20 months but they wanted to. Will she drink diluted prune juice? I did prune/ apple with mine helped keep things going smooth. Mine liked plums and cooked prunes ( you simmer them until they puff back up )
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    I would think potty training could make it worse. Both of my boys took awhile to figure out how to poop on the potty during training, and held it for awhile. My oldest actually continued to poop in a pull up for about 8 months after being pee trained. My youngest only took about two weeks to poop on the potty after being pee trained.

    Personally I would be in no rush to potty train her if she isn't ready. When she is ready you will be able to train her in a matter of days fairly painlessly. If you have to force her it will be a long battle.

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    I think the pressure to do on an unfamiliar potty what she won't do in a diaper can't possibly help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wellyes View Post
    I think the pressure to do on an unfamiliar potty what she won't do in a diaper can't possibly help.
    Absolutely correct.

    I don't post here that often any more but I had to respond to this.

    Get a new pediatrician.

    A two week bout of constipation is NOT a reason to prematurely force potty training. Toddler constipation is COMMON. There are many remedies for it.

    My now 6.5 yo has a DX'd bladder and bowel disorder. One contributing factors is believed to be forcing potty training too early. (She was in a full time daycare that *required* potty training start immediately on their 2nd birthday).

    Please, please, please take the time to research this and get a second opinion. I would give almost anything to go back and do things differently.

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    My oldest had severe constipation, potty training would have never changed the problem. In fact she PT'ed on her own by 2 and the problem lasted until she was 5. The problem was physical and it took miralax and a change in diet to and time for her to grow and her body to mature and time for the muscles to begin to work in a synchronized fashion for the constipation to end. You may not need a new pediatrician, but his is a really, really extreme treatment for a common problem without having a certain identification of the root cause. It has only been 2 weeks. If you child was 1 and had this issue, would the pedi want you to potty train. Ask for a GI referral first, I think you need a second opinion. Sure you can try to potty train, but if it stresses the kid out, it will only make things works. Can kids potty train at 18 months, sure. Can kids be successful under dire pressure to potty train, maybe. Will this solve your problem, maybe. Will this be stressful for you and your kid, hell Yes. Are there other options, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amldaley View Post
    Absolutely correct.

    I don't post here that often any more but I had to respond to this.

    Get a new pediatrician.

    A two week bout of constipation is NOT a reason to prematurely force potty training. Toddler constipation is COMMON. There are many remedies for it.

    Please, please, please take the time to research this and get a second opinion.
    ITA, I don't see how potty training will help with withholding. I can't count the number post I have read here about children withholding BMs when potty training. If she won't poop in her diaper, what makes your ped think she will poop on the potty?
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    I agree with PPs. I think trying to PTing now will worsen the issue. I would try miralax and consult with a different pedi or specialist. I'm not doubting the seriousness of the issue, as I know constipation can turn serious quickly and cause a lot of problems (we dealt with it recently too), but I think you should try miralax and a change in diet first. I just think the pressure to PT especially when there's already a constipation issue will just make things worse and mix up your DC.

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