How do I prevent poop accidents in the swimming pool?

Q: My little girl is 2 1/2 years old and she has a little trouble pooping, but when she gets in the pool, it seems to always happen. It could be within the first 15 minutes or 2 hours later. She will not tell me soon enough or she me she doesn't have to go. What to do?

A: The water, especially if it is warm, may be relaxing muscles that normally keep her stool in, so the accidents may be totally out of her control. I would relax if she is potty trained the rest of the time and not having issues with constipation or avoiding stooling in the toilet.  In the meantime, try having regular potty breaks before she gets into the pool.  Set a timer and have her sit on the toilet for 5 minutes while you read a story or entertain her in some way.  You can also keep her in a swim diaper that will contain the stool, and wait for her body to mature and gain more control. By next summer, this problem should fix itself.

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