Teach your child not to wait to have a bowel movement. To create a regular bowel habit, ask her to sit on the toilet for at least 10 minutes at the same time each day.
Your child may have more than one bowel movement each day or a bowel movement every other day.
Either is normal, as long as the stool is soft or formed.
If your child has hard, dry stools or goes more than three days without a bowel movement, she may be constipated.
If this happens:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic