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    Toilet training issues in child

    My daughter has just turned 5 years old and we are still toilet training. Our issue is that she doesn't seem to know when she needs to poo and does it in her underwear or nappy. She has no problems going to the toilet to do a wee. She also does about 4 give or take small poos throughout the day and has done so since she was a baby. We ended up letting her decide when to use the toilet as she would refuse if we really tried to push her to it so she was partly trained by 4 & 1/2 years old.

    I'm hoping that seeing a pediatrician will help with this issue as she's meant to start primary school next year and I really don't want to hold her back a year because of this issue.

    Is there a way to get her to recognise when she needs to use her bowels?

    Could it be some medical condition I've heard about where she literally cannot feel it coming?

    I am going to book an appointment with a paediatrician to get her properly examined but was just hoping for some advice beforehand.
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