The book(s) in this section are not about potty training but rather address elimination disorders. Encopresis is an elimination disorder that refers to repeated passage of feces into a bed, clothing, or anywhere else they’re not supposed to poop, after a child is a developmental age of four years old. Importantly, if a child is regularly experiencing encopresis, it is imperative that a family speaks with a child’s pediatrician to rule out underlying medical concerns (e.g., constipation). Although there are many possible reasons for encopresis, a common one is poop withholding, often due to experiences with painful defecation, or a bathroom-related fear.
Age range: Preschool through 1st grade.
Recommended for: This story is for children who withhold their poop due to a fear that it will hurt to let it out. It teaches about the importance of poop and how a child’s diet can soften a poop to make it come out more easily.