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It's No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions To Your Child's Wetting, Constipation, Utis, And Other Potty Problems Paperback – February 7, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1.8.2012 edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076277360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762773602
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Here’s a reality sure to shock parents: Our nation has a silent epidemic of toileting troubles. No one posts on Facebook, “My kid wet the bed again,” yet accidents, bedwetting, and urinary tract infections are rampant and on the rise.

These messy and embarrassing problems — stressful for parents and children alike — are typically dismissed (“Kids are kids”; “She’ll outgrow it”), misdiagnosed, or undertreated. That’s because most parents and many pediatricians are unaware of a research-proven fact: Virtually all childhood potty problems are caused by holding — poop, pee, or both.

What’s behind the holding? In this eye-opening book, Dr. Steve Hodges explains why millions of potty-trained kids are clogged with poop and holding pee, problems related to the Western lifestyle, pressure to toilet train too early, inadequate potty-training follow-up, and misguided school policies.

Dr. Hodges helps families recognize the subtle signs of holding and offers research-based strategies for resolving the wetting episodes and infections related to constipation. Parents and kids will cheer: No more wet undies or bedsheets!


About the Author

Steve J. Hodges, MD, is a board-certified pediatric urologist and assistant professor of pediatric urology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. An authority on wetting issues and the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, he treats 3,000 children a year

Suzanne Schlosberg is a health and parenting writer whose articles have appeared in Parents, Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy. She is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including Fitness for Dummies and The Good Neighbor Cookbook. Visit her at

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It is very well-written, easy to read and understand.
Dr. Hodges' book provided me with explanations of my daughter's problem that finally made it all make sense.
My son hadn't had a dry week (day or night) and he was 5 when we finally read this book.

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By M. Thompson on November 7, 2013
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Here is a three bullet-point version for the TLDR crew. (TLDR = Too Long, Didn't Read)

1. This book has answers when it comes to the cause of bed wetting. Simple is so genius.

2. For some cases that may even seem to be extreme, enemas and other laxatives may not even be needed. Magnesium supplementation may be enough to fix the situation entirely in a as little as a week. "Most magnesium supplements are junk" might be too strong, but ones like Natural Calm found on Amazon are very effective and (most) kids can at least learn to enjoy them.

3. The book mentions switching to soy milk as an alternative to the constipation-inducing cow's milk. Intolerance is mentioned as a possibility of cow's milk producing bowel problems. While soy may help with constipation problems, it comes with its own set of problems that I would personally consider to be worse than constipation. Get educated on both sides of the argument and make a decision. I think that a majority believes soy to be a healthy food, so here's a book with an opposing viewpoint: The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food

Now for the long version.

What i've learned from this book has saved our family a great deal of frustration and rid us of bed wetting. Constipation has always been a concern of our since our now four-year-old son started pushing out his rectum when he was two years old. It's a quite frightening thing for all parties involved, but it's no party. Three doctors didn't have an answer, so we went the guy that everybody says is the best doctor within hours of our area.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Gayle on March 6, 2012
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I recently ran into Steve Hodges at the medical center where I work as an RN. He was carrying a copy of his book. It caught my attention because I have a 10-year-old that has been a bed wetter her entire life. I stopped him and asked him about it. He explained the concept of the book. I told Steve that I didn't think my child was constipated because she pooped every day. He said that I might be surprised. I had been discussing this bedwetting problem with my child's pediatrician regularly over the years and he assured me that she would grow out of it. He had printed out the UpToDate information sheet on bedwetting that included most of the same information that I had previously read. We had tried bedwetting alarms on and off for years without success. I was ready to explore anything that might help. I got the book and started reading it. It's an easy read with lots of great information about the physiology of the problem and treatment options including medication, dietary changes and other helpful things. After starting the book, I called my pediatrician. I explained the situation and asked him to order an X-ray. He did and her X-ray showed that my daughter's colon was full of stool with a dilated rectum. She started Miralax and had 1 Fleets enema and within 9 days, is having consistently dry nights. I am ecstatic!! If your child is a bed wetter, you need to get this book. I wish I had read it years ago. It would have saved us a lot of time, energy and money (pull-ups are expensive). Thanks, Steve!!!!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mamafrog on October 23, 2013
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[Updated/Revised 3-26-14]: Until recently, first-grade daughter had never been dry at night. For years we were told not to worry about it, and that children eventually grow out of it. But she had reached an age where it was upsetting to her, and recently she had to turn down her first sleepover invitation because she was embarrassed about wearing nighttime pullups.

It may be true that most kids do eventually grow out of bedwetting. But this book makes a compelling argument that, in most cases, there is an underlying cause that (A) can be easily addressed (thus leading to a complete resolution of the problem); and (B) could turn into a much bigger problem if left untreated for too long. If that's the case, then we do a disservice to our children by just "waiting for them to grow out of it." Months and years go by; the child feels embarrassed despite the parent's best efforts to reassure her; and the underlying problem gets worse and and worse. If there's a practical, step-by-step solution to the problem -- and if that solution could spare your child years of discomfort -- then every parent and pediatrician should be aware of it.

Before reading this book, it never would have occurred to me that my daughter had issues with constipation, because she pooped regularly without obvious strain or discomfort. But I now realize that she had almost all of the signs of a different kind of constipation -- what might be described as "a big ball of poop" blocking her lower intestines and placing pressure on her bladder. It explains the nearly nightly bedwetting, the frequent mild stomach aches, and so on. We talked to our pediatrician about the book, and she gave us the go-ahead to try the Miralax cleanout described in the book.
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