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My son is very regular in his bathroom habits, but I have one problem with him: He insists on pooping standing up. I have finally persuaded him to stand over his potty instead of in the bathtub, as he used to do, but he still refuses to sit down. What can I do about this?

Standing up for a bowel movement is a common habit for children who were used to defecating in their diaper while standing. Trying to poop while sitting probably feels unnatural and uncomfortable for your child.

Standing up for a bowel movement is a common habit for children who were used to defecating in their diaper while standing. Trying to poop while sitting probably feels unnatural and uncomfortable for your child.

You have already started to solve this problem by persuading him to leave the bathtub, where he could stand and feel most comfortable, to the potty, where the stools belong.

Next, suggest that he sit to urinate and then continue to sit until just an instant before he needs to defecate, and reward him for his effort. Continue to encourage him this way—particularly about fifteen minutes after meals and before bedtime, when the urge to have a bowel movement is greatest—until he accidentally releases stool into the potty while sitting.

Reward him greatly for this success. Soon, your reward system and your support will ease him into correct behavior.

 

Last Updated
7/9/2013
Source
Guide to Toilet Training (Copyright © 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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