Unexpected Toddler Poop Accidents
January 29, 2012 3:48 PM Subscribe
My basically potty trained three-and-a-half year old has started having poop accidents. Any ideas why this might be happening (and how we might stop it)?
posted by leahwrenn to Health & Fitness (13 answers total)
So, I'm not sure what's going on.
She's potty trained, although she typically has pee accidents a couple times a week, but she's always been good at letting people know when she needs to go poop (and poop accidents have been rare). She's had issues with very squishy poop since she was about a year old, but has still been able to successfully poop in the potty.
This week she was sent home from daycare on wednesday because they thought she had diarrhea, although I'm not sure she did---I think the daycare provider, who is new, overreacted to typical squishy poo. However, that evening, she had another poop accident, and my husband said she looked really surprised. Ok. Thursday was fine; nice non-particularly-squishy poop in the potty. Friday, things were fine as far as I know. Yesterday, poop accident, but the poop was a nice firm consistency (sorry!). Today, poop accident (and looked surprised).
She's been maybe a bit under the weather, but nothing particularly treatable. (maybe a cold or something; she seems more tired than usual, and gets wicked overtired-out-of-control at night).
Nothing's changed recently otherwise except she's not been getting much exercise, because we've been having a cold snap and the kids can't go outside for recess.
I'm happy to take her to the pediatrician if there's some sort of issue, but we've got a very high deductible, so I'd rather not if it's not necessary.