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Is it okay to use suppositories for a child who refuses to poop?

While effective, suppositories can be rather harsh, from a psychological perspective. It tells the child, “I am forcing you to poop. I am in charge of your body, by forcing this inside of you….You are not in charge.” Ideally, we want to reinforce the notion that the child is in charge of his own body. Suppositories and enemas can be experienced by the child as a violation of his own fragile sense of bodily control.

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