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It's No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child's Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Proven, practical advice for treating and preventing potty problems.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Lyons Press (first published January 24th 2012)
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Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
If the subject of poop bothers you, you won't get far in this book (or this review), because it's on virtually every page. The author is a pediatric urologist with a good sense of humor. He addresses the scores of children who have accidents, both daytime and nighttime, after having been potty trained--as well as other toileting-related problems such as UTI's and over-active bladders. The bottom line is this: a frightening number of children are severely constipated, and their parents don't real ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
After years of being told my child is "just susceptible" to UTIs and getting to the point where the bacteria was resistant to nearly every antibiotic tried, I find it a total blessing to have found this book. I found myself nodding my head all the way through the book as it is the first time a doctor has explained perfectly all of the issues experienced by my daughter and gave the reasons behind it. When I talked to her about trying this approach, her first response was "you mean there are other ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, if anyone is having ANY bathroom problems with their kid, start here! I have skimmed through lots of potty training books that have very little helpful information.

This addresses a host of problems with a main cause, but he explains why they are related issues and why most pediatricians don't have this information (most kids outgrow it, so research goes where the money is). This has a great balance of medical data, personal stories, practical solutions (what to do & how), and some hu
Erin A.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent resource for parents dealing with constipation issues in their child(ren). I modified/shortened his bowel cleansing regimen, but it has allowed our son to be regular for the first time in his 4 year life. Loss of one star only because he didn’t address some of the specific challenges ASD presents in potty-training, but he does allude to ADHD causing increased issues.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Our son is almost 4 and we have had potty training issues for over a year. The root cause was we pushed him too early, then I made him feel bad about poop... Maybe? Either way, he has been super constipated. Which we have known for some time. But reading the book made my husband understand that munchkins and hard salami are not staple foods in a toddlers diet. So we have been putting these tricks to use for two weeks now, and he is actually asking me to wipe his butt right after he poop ...more
Kelly R.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A must-read for any parent dealing with any kind elimination issues in any child, whether in diapers or potty trained. Hodges offers a Band-Aid solution that may help in most cases. However, we had to explore our issues further and finally found that a food sensitivity was the root of our problem. We visited a homeopath that can desensitize food issues, and my daughter was able to get off the medication and has had no further problems in a year now.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three day method, oh crap potty training, weekend method etc are super popular now. I’m in multiple mom and potty training groups online and I see posts every single day about potty trained children regressing and it makes me think this book is spot on. I’m really glad I found this book before I tried to potty train my son again. Every toddler parent should read this book BEFORE potty training.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fascinating read. I just picked it up on a whim to see if it would offer any solutions to help my kids stay dry at night. After reading the book I'm almost positive my kids are constipated after reading the symptoms. Looking into trying the solution. ...more
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great help

Good info that helped. Good ideas that several docs never told us before. Had this problem with two other kids, and removing dairy helped, but this child still is struggling.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My child still has nighttime bedwetting issues, and this book gave me a clear idea why this may be. I never thought constipation may be the root cause for this. I will try out the suggestions made in this book and report back! Every parent needs to read this.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I never thought reading about poop and pee could be so exciting! Seriously! I think every parent needs to read this.
Deborah Martin
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I found this book very informative on a subject no one wants to talk about yet could be helpful to all parents of small children.
Meredith Riddle
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
My oldest daughter has had chronic problems with constipation since...well..since she started solid food, and so I have had to learn a lot about how we manage this problem from behavioral and medical standpoints. This book has been really helpful for me to keep advocating with her regular pediatrician and GI specialist to find solutions for her and really trust that we can handle the situation together and guide her toward better health. It is a good read if you don't think your doctor is handli ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I got a lot of good information from this book. I appreciate that it's written by a doctor and that he teams up with specialists in other fields (and credits them!) when he addresses subjects that are relevant, but that he doesn't specialize in. I appreciate that although the book is mainly about how constipation is the root of most accidents, Dr. Hodges acknowledges that there are other reasons and describes them--though perhaps not in quite as much detail. ...more
Kristin Fritchman
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book really made me reconsider a lot of what I thought I knew about potty training, constipation, and accidents. Who knew I’d one day be fascinated to learn about American children’s chronically clogged colons and the health problems associated with it?
Ashley Long
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book has provided guidance and a clear explanation on why my son is having so much trouble with wetting. We have been following the regimen for a couple of months and are so pleased to see progress.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written and highly informed book. This will help in my work, and I can't wait to implement these ideas with my clients. ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three stars for theory/strategies, bonus star for the toilet humour.
Lisa Perez
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty straightforward advice

Not the most fun topic, but it’s necessary and straightforward. I think a lot of people could benefit from the advice in here.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a helpful book and less of a slog to read than one might guess from the title. It still remains to be seen how much of a breakthrough the solutions are for us, but overall I think the ideas in the book are convincing.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Evie's not potty training yet, but I wanted to read this doctor's tips for constipation, which has been an issue since we transitioned to formula. So, almost 18 months now. I decided to read the entire book since it was so interesting and even entertaining. ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
wish I had this book 3 years ago. Feel so bad for my 5 year old and her day time wetting and it wears me down too. Feel we have tried every method and researched endless on the Internet with nothing working. Kind of not excited about bringing her to the potty every 2 hours again, but after 2 weeks of that and adding MirLAX she has only been having 1 accident a day and bedwetting is hit or miss but I'm just focused on fixing the day time for now. The Author was actually funny! Reference to "sh!$$ ...more
Brenda Wharton
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Excellent book written by a urologist who specializes in potty troubles. He explains it in easy to understand terms and helps parents work through day time accidents, bed wetting, urine infections... And explains how they are all likely highly related to constipation. I don't agree with everything he says, like infants and kids before potty training don't get urine infections. Overall, a good book ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I'm pretty sure this book deserves six stars! The subject matter is gross, yes, but it was surprisingly fascinating and had a hefty dose of much-needed humor. In all seriousness though, this book is an answer to prayer. If you have a child who suffers from any of the mentioned potty problems, buy this book! If you have children yet to potty train, buy this book! I would buy a copy for every parent I know, if I could! ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm so glad I picked up this book!! If you have a child with bathroom problems, read this book today!! It has helped SO much. I followed Dr. Hodges suggestions and now, after only a week, it seems my child has solved his bed-wetting problems! Who knew that constipation could be the problem, but it seems it was!! ...more
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Tons of great tips for a silent epidemic. Since much of the advice concerns constipation, this is useful for parents dealing with enuresis but also parents dealing with constipation and encopresis. Excellent and wonderful addition to the toolbook of modern parents, even well researched parents will find something useful in this must read.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is spot on! Wish I had read it before potty training!!! My daughter has accidents when constipated. Doctor recommended Miralax has solved the problem! Next goal is to follow suggestions for increasing fiber and then work her off of it when she is a little older and understands the importance of going to the bathroom in a regular fashion:)
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
My prayers have been answered! This book has valuable info that is going to change my life and the lives of my kiddos. Thank you Dr. Hodges for addressing these issues and providing solutions to the potty issues in my house.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book about kids poop and pee :). Fascinating to learn that bedwetting is due to constipation. An interesting book and good for the future if things like this happen with the kids. I must say, thank goodness for Miralax.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Not exactly revolutionary for me/us, but confirms that we are on the right track. At a time when I'm feeling frustrated, this reminded me that I/we are not's just not easy to find other people in which you can talk to for support! ...more
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Author of numerous scientific journal articles, Dr. Hodges sees 3,000 patients a year at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Most of them have wetting problems caused by constipation that had gone unrecognized.

Dr. Steve J. Hodges was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in classical studies from Duke University in 1994. He then attended medical school at Wake Forest Scho

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