Books to help with going to the toilet


My five year old son does not like going to the toilet and always holds onto stools until he gets home. He doesn't drink at school because he doesn't like going to the toilet. We often get wetting at school. At home you can see he needs the loo but he refuses to go and leaves it until the last minute and every day there is soiling or wetting.

Can anyone recommend any good books to help child to recognise that going to the loo is normal and natural and nothing to be afraid of etc?


6 Replies

  • There are various books available, such as In One End And Out The Other by Mike Goldsmith and Everybody Poos by Taro Gomi. I haven't read any of them so I can't make any recommendations, but why not have a look in ERIC's online shop.

    For poo withholding and soiling you might also like to read him my short blog for children, The Boy Who Pooed His Pants, telling my own story in simple language. This emphasises that poo cannot be made to disappear by withholding and will end up in his pants making him smelly if he does not use the toilet:

  • Lovely blog James, it made me rather teary! Looking forward to reading this to my son this evening 😊

  • Thank you, Jayne, please let me know how you get on with reading it to him.

  • Thank you for replying James. Some good suggestions. I look forward to reading your blog after work!!

  • My son loves Meet the Poo's. Written in a very funny style, the Poo's are a family of poo's who love to ride the flush flume 😁

  • Not sure exactly what its called, I think 'Liam goes poo on the toilet' - a very basic, simple, cartoon story about what happens when Liam keeps the poo in his tummy. My daughter really liked it, and still gets it out when she is having problems (she's 7 now) and I think she relates to the character and it makes her feel that she's not the only one who suffers from this.

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