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How do I prevent poop accidents in the swimming pool?

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?

Submitted by juelchapman

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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I solved the problem in this way: after one minute my son (3 year old) was inside the pool I started to ask him if he had to go pee pee so that he started to think about going to the toilet if needed. I repeated the question every minute. After 5 minutes I took him off the pool and brought him to the toilet. 95% of the times he pooped in the toilet and then went back swimming. I repeated until one day he answered yes and a week later he told me spontaneously that he had to go to the toilet.
Submitted by bkkmother
Make sure, if an accident does happen, that you remove everyone from the pool, manually remove as much of the accident as you can, and sanitize the water by double shocking your pool at night and running the filter for 10 hours. Double shocking is using 2 pounds of calcium hypochlorite shock for every 10,000 gallons of water, For example, if you have a 20,000 gallon pool, you will need to shock using 4 pounds.
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