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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2008
I wish I would have had this book a few years ago for our middle child, he too had "poop" issues. My friends could not even begin to understand the torment we went through weekly knowing that our son and now our youngest daughter - needed to poop. It was a week long battle of "bumping" as we called it (holding it in), dirty underwear, screaming fits, suppositories, yelling, bribing, etc...

Our son has somewhat outgrown the problem, although he only poops every two or three days. However, it is not the ordeal it once was. But we still have a four year old daughter going through the same torment. This book was an INSTANT success, I'm talking overnight. I wish I could pinpoint the thing that made the difference, but part of me has to believe seeing it on paper that another child "just like me" has the same problem, that it's okay and there are solutions. She has pooped a total of six times without much problem...we sit her on the toilet every other night and read her the book (of course at her request). My husband and I almost fell off our chair when the other day she was making motions like she needed to poop and he asked her - She said "yes" and proceeded to the toilet like it was the normal thing to do. It almost brings me to tears as I write it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Don't hesitate to get this book, it WORKS!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2008
It Hurts When I Poop!: A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty I was reaching the end of my rope. Just when I thought soiled underwear was behind us forever, my 5 year old daughter started refusing to go poop. I would catch her clenching to keep it in. When I asked her why she said it was because it hurt to go. What a nightmare! She got more and more backed up until it started leaking out into her underwear. I started to worry she was going to have to undergo some horrible, embarrassing, emotionally scarring procedure at the Dr. office. I tried begging, I tried bribing, I tried explaining. I tried fiber chews, I tried to get her to take laxatives. I tried to sneak laxatives into her food (unsuccessfully) still she refused. Desperate, I scoured the web and found this wonderful, wonderful book. We read it as soon as we got it and she loved it. I never would have believed it, and I hadn't really held out much hope, but almost right away she was going in the potty and eating "soft poop" foods. She still wants to hear the story almost every night. It's been nearly a month and (knock on wood) no more poopy pants! If your child has a pooping problem you HAVE to try this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2009
I used this book for a seven year old student with a PDD disorder. He refused to have a bowel movement in the toilet and repeatedly went in his pants. After reading this book, he started to script certain phrases in the story to remind him how Ryan felt in the book and less than two monthes later, he had his first bowel movement! This was also paired with a reinforcement schedule, however, I feel that this book really made a difference.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2008
My son withheld his poops for 2 years and we tried everything...laxatives, stool softeners, other books, prizes for "going", encouragement, pleading...oh, man, you name it, we tried it.

I spotted this book purely by chance at a bookstore one day last month and grabbed it. The first time we read it, he said "Wow...Ryan is just like me! I thought I was the only one who is afraid to poop on the potty!"

It totally clicked. He is NOT alone and LOTS of kids have this problem and if Ryan could do it, so could he. The third day we owned this book he started going in the toilet and has never looked back. I don't know what it is about this book that made it so different from all the others that deal with the same subject, but there is SOMETHING...

Our family is eternally grateful to the author of this book. She REALLY nailed it EXACTLY from the child's point of view. GET THIS BOOK if you are having the same issues we did!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2012
If poop withholding is an issue for your child, you need to buy this book. It works. While it's always possible that some children won't respond as well as others, this book can very quickly solve this chronic problem. After about a year of this issue with our child, now almost three years old, we were extremely frustrated. There were lots of toddler tears, fear, visits to professionals, and our child having countless bad days because of not pooping (even in a diaper) we found this book and tried it. Two weeks later the problem is completely solved. The effect of this story immediately increased the willingness to sit on the potty. The anxiety about pooping in general dissipated quickly and after two weeks we are many days into no-stress pooping on the potty every day.

The book has cute illustrations, is not overly long, and is useful for kids at various ages. Two-and-a-half seems like the very low end of the age spectrum, if a child is seriously precocious, but more realistically a kid should be three years old and up for good benefit. The story involves the use of metaphor and just doesn't seem like it would do much for a younger kid. Anyway, the story is cute, and it allowed us to converse with our child in a different way about this issue. Our daughter picked up on the language and characters immediately and asked for it to be read again and again the first few days. As scary as the topic was, this book was not threatening. It very much seemed like it was a relief for her to hear this story.

The book is printed by the American Psychological Association, printed in the United States, and is high quality for the price. If withholding poop is an issue for a child in your family there should be no question about buying this book. It's less expensive than yet another bottle of Miralax, a visit to a professional (who will probably just tell you to use Miralax), or any number of other solutions parents might attempt. Again, it may not work for all children, but it's absolutely worth trying.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2008
This is my first every review on Amazon.com. I have never felt compelled to write a review until now. I bought this book for my son (3 1/2) who has had chronic constipation due to withholding (stool retention) for close to a year. This book really helped him release his fear of pooping and understand that pooping is a normal bodily function. I read this book to him and he had his first poop in the potty the next day. Now, granted, we were doing many other interventions (dietary and behavioral) along with reading this that I believe helped him overcome his fear of pooping, but this book was a MAJOR help. Thank you, thank you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
this book has been so helpful for my son in understanding encopresis and it has really helped him feel better in that is not his fault and is helpful in showing him how he can get better just like Ryan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2011
My son has suffered from constipation since...well, birth. He was perfectly toilet trained (he's 4) until a couple of months ago when his stool became so hard, he began tearing slightly when he had bowel movements. That lead to him avoiding the toilet at all costs. I've tried modifying his diet, encouraging him to eat more fruits and vegetables to "help your poop", but the kid always needs third-party verification. We read this book just prior to dinner last night and when I put his plate in front of him he squealed "Ooooh carrots! I love them and they will help my poop!". This might not seem like much, but this is a kid who when told to try his vegetables, carrots included, would take such a tiny nibble it was barely perceptible. He then went on to ask if each food on his plate would make his poopy softer or harder and ate more of his dinner than I've seen in months.
I feel confident that with this book and some other measures, we'll be back on track in no time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
My child was completely potty trained and then suddenly, for no reason we could decipher, decided he didn't want to poop anymore. It has been over 6 months since the problem began and we tried sooooooo many different things I lost count. The bottom line was that my child needed to CHOOSE to poop... and this book was the key to him making that choice. 10 days after we started reading this book he started pooping on the potty again and has consistently continued to do so. We tried other books too, but this is the book that he identified with. Every time he needs to poop he starts quoting parts of this book and often consults the diagram of the "insides" of his body to figure out what is going on inside him. As every parent of a poop withholding child knows, every kid is different and you'll try a million different things that worked for someone else before you find the thing that works for your kid, but this is the thing that worked for us. Good luck!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2009
I bought this book with high hopes that it would cure my 3 year old daughter's fear of pooping on the toilet. She experienced a spell of constipation and since then has been afraid to poop. She has said, the poop hurt my feelings.

The book did help me reach out to her and discuss her fears, just like the character Ryan in the book. The images made her laugh but she was distracted with the storyline. It is rather wordy and small children like my daughter may not want to sit still that long.

If you choose this book, be prepared to read it a few times and maybe shorten the sentences with your own words. This will help with children smaller than 3 years old.

I would still recommend this book and feel it was worth the money for sure. Just keep an open mind and have fun with it. My daughter is still fearful of pooping however she is trying more and more nowadays. Good luck everyone.
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