Potty Training Toddler with UC

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rocal
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   Posted 7/21/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My son is 2 and I'm trying to potty train him any parent out there have this issue or any one have any advice. He will at times walk around the house saying "poop" and he'll either go or have gas. I understand that the frequent urge will be there he can go as many as 12 times a day with bowel movements. Will he be in diapers for longer because of this?
 Robin mother of 2yr old son diagnosed in Apr this yr with UC
 He's only on Culterella as of now


Red_34
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, good question! I can honestly say that I haven't seen this question posed before :) I imagine that it may take longer to potty train him then normal because of the urgency and frequency issue. But I'm sure that once he learns that he will do much better when he starts recognizing the signs.
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shannon1
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   Posted 7/21/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i have NOT potty trained a uc toddler (i have uc, not my child).

Talk with your peditration and ur child's GI for recommendations. While i know it's possible to potty train a two yr old, i only know parents who have gotten children pt by age 3 (including myself). I would wonder if it is to early to attempt especially for a child who is having up to 12BM's a day. I would not want the child to feel like they have failed.....however, u mentioned that he is actually going on the potty, so, as long as he is willing to go on the potty, i would keep trying. PTing takes a while w/ any child, and it all chalks up to consistancy. Once i started pting, i had my son out of dipers. It took alot of work changing his wet clothes all the time, and cleaning up pee off the floor, and lots of bed changing if he went in the middle of the night.

I did keep a travel potty in my car for my son, so that if we were out/driving, he could still go.

Good luck, its not easy to train a child W/O UC, so i know u have a hard road ahead!!! :)
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
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6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


rocal
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   Posted 7/21/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, can anyone tell me what kind of symptoms they have when they are having of flare up or at least what he maybe experiencing since he obviously can't really tell me how he feels. Potty training my daughter was so much easier I had her done in a week when I was on vacation. I had the same thought about him feeling like a failure with accidents, but as he gets older like school age I guess I worry if he's going to have to wear some kind of pull ups or under garment for accidents. I'm still trying to grasp all of this I know its one day at a time but I find my mind wandering about the future and how he's going to be effected.I want him to have the most normal life as possible.

 Robin mother of 2yr old son diagnosed in Apr this yr with UC
 He's only on Culterella as of now


shannon1
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms range w/ each flare...everytime, i do have belly pain. On occasion, i have fatigue. I have arthritis (BAD) when i flare to.

Try not to worry to much about the future. Your son will come along with it once he is able to control his bowels (even w/ uc) and gets the potty/poop connection. If his body is not yet ready to control his bowels, then it's just not going to work.

Im sure that once he is in school, he will have accidnets, (just like EVERY kid). Hopefully he will have understanding teachers and will have enough pting time under his belt.

GL
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
 
Meds
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day
 


Red_34
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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms range too depending on the severity of the flare. For example, while in a mild flare, I will have some cramping, left sided twinging type pain, urgency to go (this is a horrible feeling for someone who already knows how to control their bowels - this is where if you don't make it to the bathroom RIGHT NOW, you may end up messing your drawers), and mild rectal pain such as stinging or burning. In a bad flare, all stops are pulled - the pain intensifies where it feels like you are pooping razor blades out your tush, as well as the cramping is more severe, urgency etc basically all the typical symptoms but extreme.

Your son can still have a normal life - who knows maybe once he gets older, it will be easier for him to control his bowels as well as stay in remission. I'm hoping for his sake anyway. No one can say what the future holds and the best we can do is hope.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
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~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs), Hydrocortisone E's, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Allegra
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Spinal Stenosis~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5,C6&C7~2nd epidural injection 8/14
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seconder
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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
The urge to go with uc is often a small amount of material (or gas) hitting an inflammed area.  As a fully potty trained adult (I think!) with uc, I often cannot tell the difference between a full bowel movement, a small bowel movement, an unproductive bowel movement, or gas.  Many times it's all the same feeling.
 
I sometimes feel frustrated when I rush to the john only to find out I've dropped trou for gas.  I imagine rushing a child to the toilet and disassembling a diaper and all that jazz is at least equally frustrating for you, but that's probably a part of potty training a child with uc.  I don't envy you.

rocal
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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone who replied. I can't imagine that is what my son maybe feeling. Shannon1 I'm glad you brought up the arthritis my son complains terribly about his wrists, elbows and knees I never knew they were connect til I read a book about extra manifestations. Do you take motrin or anything for the pain or would those kids of pain relivers cause more distress to an already distresses stomach and intestinal tract? Thank you for everyone you've all been wonderful with helping me better understanding this. I've been blessed to have found this site!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)
 Robin mother of 2yr old son diagnosed in Apr this yr with UC
 He's only on Culterella as of now


bellski
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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Don't take motrin unless your doc says to, it can cause bleeding, you don't want that or any ibuprohen. Tylenol is ok. If I were you I would praise your son everytime he tries to go on the potty. Even if it is just gas, the potty is a place to go, he should relieve himself or it will hurt. Just try to be consistant. I would say if he is walkng around saying poop that he is kind of ready. Be patient and consistant. My son was trained at 2 years and 3 months. Everyone is different. I am sorry he has UC. I hope he does not have a hard time with it. Lots of people wit UC live very normal active lives.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Canasa X 2 
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