Inspired by her experience of this issue with her own son, Sophia Ferguson wrote this easy-to-understand guide to give detailed advice to parents on every aspect of stool withholding including constipation, toilet training, laxative medication and soiling (encopresis).
After reading this, parents will have a straightforward plan of action to deal with stool withholding, with lots of tips and strategies to try at home. With detailed information about laxatives such as Movicol and MiraLAX, this book is relevant to parents and health professionals worldwide. 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 constipation and withholding in children.
Aimed primarily at parents, this guide is also essential reading for doctors, teachers, health professionals and anyone else who works with, or cares for, children.
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 can become so terrified of experiencing this pain again that they hold on to their poo for days, even weeks, at a time. 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 nightmare with your own child, it's impossible to imagine just how distressing it can be.
Stool withholding is a widely misunderstood issue. If awareness and understanding is increased many families could be spared the misery of this very distressing problem.
About the author: Sophia Ferguson has an Honours degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Applied Social Research and a great interest in all things medical and psychological.