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Constipation, Withholding and Your Child: A Family Guide to Soiling and Wetting [Paperback]

Anthony Cohn
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15 Oct 2006
"Constipation, Withholding and Your Child" is a positive, accessible guide to dealing with the common problems of stool withholding, soiling and wetting in young children. It gives insight into the perspectives of both children and parents, enabling a clear understanding of the issue. Using friendly and informal language, the book examines the different causes of toileting problems, including the arrival of siblings and difficulties at school, and provides practical techniques and strategies to help children overcome these problems. It emphasises the importance of diet and offers advice on how to make using the toilet less frightening, the benefits of keeping a stool diary chart, and what laxatives and medications to use in different circumstances. It provides tips on how to tackle inappropriate lavatorial behaviour sensitively and addresses the issues particular to children with special needs. This book is a reassuring, informative and non-patronising guide to help children overcome toileting problems. It is useful for parents and all professionals who work with children.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd; 1 edition (15 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843104911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843104919
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anthony Cohn is a Consultant Paediatrician working in Hertfordshire and London. He trained at a number of major London Hospitals, including Great Ormond Street, and has spent six years developing a treatment service to help children with toileting problems. He is interested in those conditions that have strong physical, psychological and social components. He is married and has triplet boys.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If your child withholds poo buy this book. 2 April 2011
We brought this book after spending a year and half battling our daughters reluctance to poo. Most doctors don't understand or prescibe things that are unsuitable and can do more harm than good. Such as lactulose and dulcosate which is not a nice tasting thing for a young child. This book was like a breath of fresh air as people do not understand that a child can withold their pooh but try and insist they are constipated. I would recommend this to annoyone who has this problem with their child as it not only helps the child but also you. It gives you suggestions on how you can deal with the problem and that you really are not alone. Dr Cohn is really helpful and actually answered emails that I sent him. My daughter is now on the way to actually having normally movements is all I can say is thank you for the help and making me feel that I am not the only parent and that I am not alone with the stress and heartache this gives
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stool withholding 27 Jun 2008
This book is like having a consultation with the Dr and is very helpful and informative. It gives practical information when dealing with stool withholding. It enables parents to realise that they are dealing with a very common problem among children which can sometimes feel as if they are the only family with the problem. It helps to bring it all out in the open and gives practical ways of solving the problem which are very do-able. As a health professional who deals with this problem on a daily basis, this is the book that is used for reference by our team.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifts a weight off your shoulders 8 Sep 2011
After 18 months of being obssessed with poo, not pooing and accidents, school was looming and I was frustrated and tierd. Goodness only how my 4yr old feels he must be exhausted too.

Not knowing why we had these problems since the nappies went and not knowing which was was right (star charts, rewards,telling off, ignoring) this book has been a revelation. There was a whole chapter which could have been written for my child. Accidents and "I didn't feel it" are common daily vocab for us and to hear that it is so common amongst other children took a weight off me. It made me less concerned that medically there was something amiss or psycologically there was something wrong. My GP has said it was behavioural and I did doubt her but now I know she was correct all along.

I photocopied some of this book to give to my sons teacher on his 1st day, she found it very interesting and passed it on to all the TA's in his class to read.

If your child is witholding (regardless of age) or soiling GET THIS BOOK!!!
We have had great success a week after reading this book, we read The MR Poo story and if you haven't seen enough poo there is a chart of healthy to unhealthy stools. All very helpful in no nonsense language. It should be given out on the NHS.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing! 29 May 2008
As any other parent who has been in our position knows, when your child won't 'go', it really takes over your life!! This book, with its suggestions and story of Mr. Poo has really changed our lives. The way it is written is really user friendly! This is the only book you need if your child has poo problems! Thank you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing 18 Feb 2009
If anyone has a had problem with a child with constipation, witholding or soiling you will know the despair. This book is clear easy to follow, short and eminently practical.
Save your money buying toilet books and poo stories use the one in this personalised for your child. If you use the book and with your GP's help it will change your situation totally.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Mar 2011
This is an excellent book if your child is withholding and constipated. My 2 year old has been constipated a few times which has caused her pain, she is now too afraid to poo. This book helped to understand poo and what its made of and how you can help this issue by ensuring that they have a healthy, high fibre diet. I needed this book badly, I was stressed daily and didn't know how to handle my child's situation. It's reassured me, Im now more empathetic to my daughters condition. It is written in a simple, easy to read way and from the child's perspective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Help 3 July 2011
I'm so glad this book exists - because although a common problem it makes life really difficult and not many people seem to understand the situation. I feel the writer really has extensive experience and understanding. He writes sympathetically from both the parents' point of view and the child's. It is well written and funny in places; very human. And you also learn quite a lot of useful stuff about poo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made sense of everything! 22 Jun 2011
This has been such a helpful book for us. We thought our little boy couldn't go to the toilet and were starting to think there was a medical reason for it ... despite the fact that sometimes he is absolutely fine. This book practically described every single thing he does to avoid going to the toilet. And even made sense of some of his behaviour as a tiny baby when he went for 15 days on one occasion without a poo. It has turned our life around getting this understanding of the issue and we've got a real chance of sorting it out ... although I think it will take a lot of time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for families experiencing soiling problems
After months of my son soiling without any explanation i tried the health visitor and doctor, after getting no results I searched the internet and found this book recommended by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Purpleali
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Nothing new in this book at all and left me feeling more hopeless after reading it. Only useful pages were about the fiber content in food, which you could find easily via google. Read more
Published 4 months ago by snara73
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
this book is very interesting and helpful. it has given us some new ideas to help our son as all other health professionals are unable to help us.
Published 9 months ago by Belinda C J Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Found this book very helpful as been on going problem for over a year now for my son constipation has affected our lives daily and I sympathize with everyone that struggles with it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars A great help
This helped me understand what was going on with my daughter. There is an awesome children's story he presents which worked like a charm. I highly recommend this book.
Published 9 months ago by YvetteC
5.0 out of 5 stars Reassuring, calming 24 carat gold for any parent with a withholding...
I cannot recommend this book enough - it has literally changed our daily lives. So many GPs don't understand or are dismissive / ill-informed about this issue (withholding) and Dr... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Poppycat
5.0 out of 5 stars If you cant get the real thing get the book
My son was a patient of Dr Cohn (or Dr Poo as we refered to him behind his back). A truly remarkable Dr who within minutes of us seeing him for the first time reassured us we were... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed our lives!
This book lives up to it's great reviews. It literally changed our lives.
It helped me see and understand things from my daughter's point of view and gave me hope that there... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mum of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides sensible advice
This book was a life saver when I was at my wits end with my 3 year old. An absolute must for parents struggling with their child's toilet ing habits. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs Michelle Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars Tells you the Basics
Covers the basics and tells you what happens and why but thought there would be more support/ideas with strategies to help my child with withholding.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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