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January 19, 2020

On a forum for childhood constipation, a mom recently posted:

My daughter has been struggling with constipation for 6 years now, and I have been to a lot of doctors. Now I have an appt. with a new GI doctor, and I want to eliminate each...

January 8, 2020

Two emails this week raised so many good questions — about limiting water before bedtime, waking a child overnight, staying hopeful in the face of no progress, handling encopresis relapses, and more — that I am posting them here, in hop...

January 3, 2020

Let’s say your 2-year-old has red, swollen gums and brown spots on her teeth. No dentist on the planet is going to say, “Well, she’s in the early stages of tooth decay, but eh, don’t sweat it. Try cutting down a bit on the sugar.”

No way...

December 11, 2019

Does your baby or toddler have trouble pooping? Maybe she grimaces, writhes around, or howls when trying to squeeze out a poop. Maybe she goes days without poop

September 20, 2019

The other day I reviewed the abdominal x-ray of an 11-year-old boy with persistent bedwetting. The boy’s rectum was jam packed with stool, and the mass extended upward to his belly button like a column of poop.

I told his mom: “This is o...

September 3, 2019

Should students get to use school restrooms whenever they want?

Not according to a team of first-grade teachers in Las Vegas, who last week told parents in a letter: “Students are wasting valuable learning time on bathroom breaks.”

The te...

Three more children with toileting difficulties are dead.

It turns out that AJ Freund, the Illinois 5-year-old reported missing by his parents, was actually bludgeoned by them and forced to take a 20-minute cold shower after he lied ab...

April 16, 2019

“But my daughter can’t be constipated — she poops every day!”

That’s what I often hear from parents when I explain why their child is wetting the bed or having daytime pee or poop accidents: the child is constipated. Big time.   


April 11, 2019

I can’t count the number of parents who’ve told me, “Our doctor says enemas are abusive and we should stop immediately.”

In fact, several parents have told me they worry their doctor, or even other parents, will report them to child prot...

February 5, 2019

Let’s say your child has a cold. Would you reward her for every hour she doesn't sneeze?

Of course not! Because no child (or adult, for that matter) can control when a sneeze comes on.

Likewise, no child can control bedwetting or daytime...

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