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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 (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,009 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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I found this book to be informative and easy to read.
We even started with our 11 month old with the constipation regimen as she had been screaming every time she had to poop.
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The book really helped me and kids understand the underlying issue.

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43 of 43 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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46 of 48 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Santa Monica Mama on October 9, 2013
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After reading this book, it was obvious that our 6 1/2 year old daughter was wetting the bed every night NOT because she was "willful" or "lazy" or "hadn't developed yet" or "was a deep sleeper". She was just constipated!!! We are in month 2 of Dr. hodges recommended enema regime (every night for month 1, every other night for month 2, twice a week for month 3, miralax daily, increase fiber, increase exercise, increase water, encourage more trips to the bathroom daily). It's simple and effective. Our daughter is totally with the program and started seeing results after week 1. She has now been dry 30 nights in a row and is wearing underwear for the first time tonight!! When emailed, Dr. Hodges has given me prompt feedback and I can't thank him enough!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori A. Murphy on February 16, 2014
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My 5 year old daughter had so many problems with potty issues, and no one - not her pediatrician (very good) or other professionals (also very good) could help her. Her challenges included bed wetting every night, and also daytime urine and poop accidents on a semi-regular basis. I knew she was a constipated kid, but I had no idea that the causes of her problems (for 2 1/2 years or more) were because of such massive constipation. Her x-ray showed that she was stuffed with poop. Unfortunately, we didn't totally work with the program in the book the first time (instead trusting yet another local doctor for a treatment plan after the x-ray confirmed the constipation). At 5 1/2 she is still struggling with both daytime and night time continence, so in desperation, I recently contacted Dr. Hodges and he is generously and graciously helping me via email as a supplement to our local practitioner. I am committed to daily enemas with Miralax and hopefully by her 6th birthday (in June) she will be dry/clean all day and night too.

This book will help you understand the physiology, and give you good, practical ideas for how to solve the underlying problems. All of the stress, frustration, and anxiety around this issue inevitably makes you as a parent doubt yourself and your child. I so wish I had stumbled on this book two years earlier, but I'm so glad I eventually did stumble on it. I'm also grateful I reached out to Dr. Hodges, who clearly has a calling to help children suffering from constipation. This book, and his knowledge, is an exceptional resource, and the best value for the money that we have spent over the years in dealing with this challenge. I cannot encourage you enough to get this book if your child has daytime or night time incontinence.
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