I ignored the first e-mail that came my way asking if I’d like to review a new book about potty issues for kids called It’s No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems. Nobody really likes talking about this issue, and even if I’m struggling with some of these issues in my home, I really didn’t want to talk about it publicly.
The truth is… I really needed to read this book. And if you are a parent with a child who struggles with any of these issues — bed wetting, accidents, constipation or UTIs — you should read this book, too.
I’m glad I finally said yes when the PR folks came around the second time. Here are some of the topics covered in the book:
• Potty accidents are not normal – they can be caused by physical issues or stress – the most common cause being physical.
• Chronically holding poop or pee makes a child’s body go haywire – you can help get your child on a schedule and provide the right setting to help them go regularly and stop holding it.
• Children can poop daily and still be constipated – Dr. Hodges asserts that even if your child poops regularly, even every day, they could have a stored mass of poop in their colon – the size of a softball or even a cantaloupe! The only way to confirm this is via x-ray.
• Virtually all bed wetting is caused by undiagnosed constipation – If there is a large mass of poop stored in the colon, it leaves little room for the bladder. Dr. Hodges cites many, many cases where he is able to eliminate bed wetting with his clients by focusing on constipation first. Many times people focus on the bladder first, but this is useless if the bladder is being pressed on.
• 25 percent of 5-year-olds have wetting problems – this is higher than I expected, one out of four is a big number. This is probably because we don’t all talk about our kids potty problems on Facebook the same way we talk about their achievements. It’s embarrassing for the kids and the parents, yet we are starved for answers – more than just “it’s normal.”
• Kids who trained earliest and most easily tend to develop the worst problems – interestingly this goes against the crunchy elimination communication theory and all the potty boot-camps to get kids out of diapers as early as possible.
• Wiping from front to back does not prevent UTIs – interesting information on UTIs, debunking what causes them (wiping, baths) and sharing real facts and diagrams on what causes them (mainly kids holding their pee!).
For my children’s privacy, I’m not going to share specifics about which of my children is struggling with which issues, but I will share that as a parent I felt relieved and empowered reading this book. There were a number of things that really opened my eyes. I read the entire book in one morning (because it was so compelling) and I found myself jotting down notes and made my own action plan of 10 new things I can try in our home. TEN new things?! That’s pretty empowering compared to the “Be patient – they’ll grow out of it approach” that frustrates so many parents.
I’ve already told a few friends about this book and want to share it with all of you, too. I highly recommend you get a copy of this book for you or anyone else you know struggling with constipation, bed-wetting, UTIs or accidents. You can learn more about It’s No Accident on their official website or on Facebook.
I’m giving away one copy of It’s No Accident to a reader. Simply leave a comment below to be entered by Friday, May 11 at midnight. Giveaway closed, winner was JoAnn K, who was drawn at random and notified. Thanks everyone!
Dr. Hodges also agreed to answer your questions as a guest of my Expert Q&A series – leave a question in the comments below (feel free to be anonymous) or e-mail directly with your question. I’ll compile the questions and send them to him, then post his responses soon.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the book, but was not otherwise compensated. I only post reviews of books or products I find useful personally and believe my readers will benefit from.
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