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How to Give a Child an Enema in 5 Easy Steps

The M.O.P. Book for bedwetting

When politicians change their minds, they’re mocked as “flip floppers.” Hopefully folks are kinder to doctors who have a change of heart, as we are always seeking better ways to help our patients.

I’ve changed my mind about enemas.

I used to consider enemas a good way to resolve bedwetting and accidents, slightly more effective than a MiraLAX cleanout at resolving the rectal clog that irritates the bladder.

I now believe enemas are the ticket to dryness — not just slightly more effective than osmotic laxatives but far more effective.

My patients who improve most quickly and dramatically are those who get enemas.

I know parents don’t want to hear this. I know it’s much easier to hand a child a glass of water mixed with a powder than it is to insert a tube up her bottom. I’m with you!

I know parents fear enemas will hurt their child or freak them out. I know parents worry about the safety. I know they find the whole experience awkward and embarrassing.

But enemas work better. My published research shows it, and my experience confirms it daily.

To help ease parents’ fears and boost their confidence about giving enemas, I’ve written The M.O.P. Book, available as an instant PDF download or in print on amazon.

The M.O.P. Book covers the most common questions I hear from parents. Among them:

•What if my doctor isn’t on board with enemas?

•What if my child is afraid of them?

•How often do I have to give my child enemas?

•How exactly do I stick that tube up my child’s butt?

•How do I know enemas are safe?

•Will enemas hurt my child?

•How long will it take for the enema to kick in?

•Could my child become dependent on enemas?

•Tell me again: Why are enemas so much better than MiraLAX?

The guide also includes practical tips from parents about their experiences giving enemas to their children. (For even more ideas, read "11 Ways to Ease Your Child's Fear of Enemas.")

Before you start the program, I recommend reading our children’s book, Bedwetting and Accidents Aren’t Your Fault, with your child. The book includes a fantastic illustration of how an enema works. Kids immediately get the picture — some even crack a smile.

If you have a tween or teen, I suggest having your child read the M.O.P. Book on their own, as well as our blog post "Teenage Bedwetting: Everything You've Been Told is Wrong."

Embarking on the M.O.P. regimen does require a bit of blind trust. But stick with the program! Your perseverance will pay off.

Here’s what one parent emailed me:

Our pediatrician kept saying my 4-year-old’s daytime and nighttime accidents were “about control” and he would “outgrow it.” He pooped every day so I felt sure he wasn’t constipated, but the X-ray I requested showed otherwise. I was skeptical of the enema treatment described in It’s No Accident. How could I do that to my little boy? But I took a leap of faith.

The enemas were uncomfortable for my son at first, but he soon he got used to it. Thank goodness for TV distraction! My son was so impacted that we needed to do two rounds of the treatment. I am so thankful I went with my instincts and continued to search for an answer.

I am confident that had we not followed the enema treatment, my son would still be suffering from daytime and nighttime accidents.

If you find our book helpful to your family, please let your doctor know. We’d like to get The M.O.P. Book on the radar of as many pediatricians and pediatric urologists as possible.

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Must-read books for kids by Steve Hodges, M.D.

• Bedwetting and Accidents Aren't Your Fault

• Jane and the Giant Poop