EFT Tapping for Young Children - Script for Constipation

 

What are the Physical Manifestations of Functional Constipation

The rectum has two sets of muscles - the internal and external anal sphincters - that allow stool (poo) to pass out of the body. You are not able to control the muscles of the internal anal sphincter, but you can control the muscles of the external anal sphincter.
 

When stool enters the rectum, the muscles relax in the internal anal sphincter. A person has an urge to pass stool when it reaches the external anal sphincter.  If your child relaxes the external sphincter as they should, stool should leave their body.

f they have functional constipation, however, they will withhold their stool. They do this by tightening their external sphincter and the muscles in their bottom, known as gluteal muscles. This action pushes stool back into their body and makes them lose the urge to pass stool.

 

Behaviors of Functional Constipation

  • Squatting

  • Rocking

  • Walking stiffly on their tiptoes

  • Crossing their legs

  • Sitting with their heels pressed against their perineum (the area in front of their anal opening)

 

Once the constipation is under control, there are some things you can do to avoid this in the future:
 

  • Allow ‘toilet time’ three times a day for five minutes, but do not force a new routine on your child

  • Depending on your child’s age, make toilet time as comfortable as possible by having good foot support available while your child is sitting

  • Keep a record of how often your child passes stool

  • Do not punish your child if they do not pass stool during toilet time. Instead, set up a reward system for your child when they do pass stool. The aim is to reinforce good behavior and ignore soiling

  • Maintain a consistent, positive and supportive attitude right through your child’s progression.

Trying EFT Tapping

Step 1 - Ask your child to take a deep breath in, through their nose and out through their mouth. 
 

Step 2 - Ask them to think about their concern they have about going to the bathroom, about pooing, and how that problem makes them feel. You want your child to rate the problem and usually young children relate to how wide you spread your arms out and say, Is your anger/problem, this big"? or bring your hands together closer, and say, "Or, maybe not so huge, but sort of a big problem"? and so on. They should be able to tell you. 

Step 3 - Encourage them to accept how they feel about their problem; that it's okay to feel this way and we will figure it out.


Step 4 - follow the tapping script below, encouraging them to express themselves, and talk about the situation. You can steer them with the affirmation statements. 


Step 5 - If your child hasn't really improved from doing this, try going through it again. The language should start to change and show improvement in how they are feeling.

Script for a Child with Constipation

 

 

 

NAME OF THE POINT                     EXAMPLE OF SET UP STATEMENT OR PROBLEM          EXAMPLE OF AFFIRMATIONS

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#1 - Karate Chop Point

#1 - Karate Chop Point

K#1 - Karate Chop Point


#2 - Between Eyebrows (EB)

#3 - Bony Part
Under Eye (UE)

#4 - Gorilla -
(Collar Bone)

#5 - Monkey Spot
(Under Arm) 

#2 - Between Eyebrows (EB)

#3 - Bony Part
Under Eye (UE)

#4 - Gorilla -
(Collar Bone)

#5 - Monkey Spot
(Under Arm) 

#2 - Between Eyebrows (EB)

#3 - Bony Part
Under Eye (UE)

#4 - Gorilla -
(Collar Bone)

#5 - Monkey Spot
(Under Arm) 

#2 - Between Eyebrows (EB)

#3 - Bony Part
Under Eye (UE)

 

#4 - Gorilla -
(Collar Bone)

 

#5 - Monkey Spot
(Under Arm) 

Even though I'm afraid to push out my poo

 

 

Even though I'm afraid to push out my poo

 

 

Even though I'm afraid to push out my poo, because I think it might hurt

 

My poo is so hard. It's like a rock

 

My poo is really hard. It's like a rock

 

I'm scared it might hurt my bottom

 

Even though it hurts when I push, I know I need to push it out.

Once it's out, I know I will feel so much better

I'm always worried about going to the bathroom.

I'm always wondering and worried if I'll have enough time to do it.

I'm scared it will hurt but I should relax my bum and just let it come out.

 

I know if I keep trying, I will be able to go.

 

I feel my bottom starting to relax

I am starting to feel a bit safer

I am choosing to relax, so I can poo

Once it comes out, I will feel so much better.

I'm not sure why I don't let my poo come out, other than, it scares me.

I know I will feel so much better, once I go and I know I'm a really great kid!

I am a really great kid! 

I know I'm a great kid, and I will be okay!

 

I know I'm a great kid, and I will be okay!

I know I'm a great kid, and I will be just fine!

 

 

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