My nearly 6 year old son has had problems with his bowels since toilet training. He was withholding and refusing to go. We tried everything possible to help him and it made little difference. All of the rewards, medication, I bought various herbal things. He has an excellent diet and happily munches his way through fruit and veg etc. Still no progress. This was an incredibly stressful time for the whole family, one of the most stressful things we have dealt with! Mostly due to the problem going on for years from around the age of 2. My son would go through up to 8 pairs of pants a day, any heavily soiled I would just bin. I was constantly buying pants and I also got eczema on my hands due to constant hand washing. Just to add my son is dry during the day and wets heavily at night so wears a pull up to bed. Anyway around 3 months ago we attempted our second dissimpactation using movical. I then made the decision once he was emptied to remove movical completely as I felt this made him worse on a day to day basis. I got him into a really good sitting on the toilet routine, every evening after his bath or shower. He was very reluctant at first and I've had to be really firm with him. Initially he would sit for up to 30 minutes but he would produce a lot of poo! 3 months later we still have same routine and he goes easily every evening and it only takes him a few minutes. If I don't think he has gone enough I ask him to sit a bit longer. Sometimes he will take his self of to the loo at other times if he needs to poo, but I always stick to the routine and will continue to, I know if I didn't encourage him to do this he would get back to old habits again. This week he has refused to wear pull ups to bed. He did this the first night by removing it after I was out of the room. When he did this previously he has still wet the bed. However this week he has been dry every night!! I think we are finally cracking this. I am so relieved for him and proud of him. So just wanted to share and say keep going. It is possible they can get through this.