Hi everyone, I'm curious to know whether anybody here has experience of their child partially withholding their poo? It's a bit of a strange one, but I'm almost certain this is what my son is doing.
A brief history - my son is four but has had problems with constipation since he was around a year old. He is still in nappies and has never done a proper poo on the potty. When he's at home he poos 10-20 times per day, but only small amounts. He poos less when we're out and about. He's been impacted in the past, but an x-ray recently showed that this isn't the case now, although he had a full bowel (full of soft poo). He's currently on 2 sachets of Movicol per day and his bowel movements are very runny, but if we reduce it he gets impacted because he's not completely emptying his bowel every day.
He denies withholding, but he's recently told me that he only likes doing small poos "because big poos smell". I think he might be trying to only let out small amounts of poo at a time. I've tried talking to him and encouraging big poos but nothing seems to be making a difference - I think it's such a habit now that he just does it automatically. Alongside this he has a real fear of using the potty. For a long time I thought he simply didn't have any control, but I'm now wondering whether it's another aspect to his psychological issue with poo and smells. He starts school in September so I'm really desperate to help him overcome this before them.
I'd love to know whether anyone else has had a similar experience. Sophie Ferguson mentions partial withholding in her book (What To Do When Your Child Won't Poo!) so I know it can happen but it only gets a passing mention and I've never actually come across another parent who's dealing with this.