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  • SubGenre:Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
  • Language:English
  • Pages:57
  • eBook ISBN:9781631928604
  • Paperback ISBN:9781631928598

The Potty Wars

Understanding and Helping Your Encopretic Child

by Libby Robbins, Ph.d

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The Potty Wars is a handbook for parents of children with encopresis and chronic constipation. Dr. Robbins translates her years of clinical experience into a clear, easy to read book that helps parents understand this distressing condition, and presents strategies that parents can use to help their children learn to toilet successfully. Parents will recognize their children and themselves in the examples contained in these pages, and be relieved to learn that there is hope and help for every child.


Encopresis and chronic constipation are distressing conditions that affect many children, and their families. When a child cannot master toilet training, it is upsetting for the child and parents alike. Children feel frustrated, embarrassed, and confused. Parents can feel angry, guilty, incompetent, and worried. Parent/child relationships are negatively affected as power struggles over toileting dominate the household. Most parents start by consulting a pediatrician or pediatric gastroenterologist and beginning medical treatment. In some cases, medical intervention takes care of the problem. In other cases, despite laxatives and stimulants, colon cleanses and sticker charts, the soiling or refusal to use the toilet continues. In The Potty Wars, Dr. Robbins addresses these stubborn cases. Based on her experience treating over 100 children with encopresis and toilet refusal, Dr. Robbins clearly explains why some children struggle with the basic developmental task of toilet training. She also presents strategies that parents can use to help children become masters of the potty. The Potty Wars provides hope and help for families dealing with this challenging problem.

About the author

Dr. Libby Robbins is a child psychotherapist with 20 years of experience working with families of children who soil or suffer from chronic constipation that has not responded to medical intervention. She has treated over 100 children from the ages of 2 to 14 who have not successfully toilet trained. Dr. Robbins is in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.

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