I got my son bowel trained when he was about 8 through bribery. It was all that worked. I had a toy he wanted badly and if he pooped in the potty without touching for a week he got it. He never did poop at school - thank goodness.
I have a friend whose son has Tourette's and they used a system that worked really well for them and that I would have used if my first plan hadn't worked. They gave him something like MIlk of Magnesia and then they sat him on the potty and he fought like heck to get off and it took two of them but one help his arms and the other kept him sitting and he went on the potty. Then they gave him a treat. I think they had to do it for a few days that way then they started letting him go on his own as long as he got his treat after they cleaned him up. To the original poster, I'm wondering if your boy wants water play and since now he knows that pooping and making a mess means a bath, he keps doing it - like he feels rewarded for making this awful mess. Could you try putting him in the tub often when he doesn't need to poop and maybe cleaning him a different way (does he hate showers like my son? Wash him off, while trying to keep his head dry, in a shower) when he does get poop on himself? Maybe he'll get the association?View Thread