The best way to monitor your child's progress is by keeping a poop journal.
With everything you've got going on in your life, I'm pretty sure that keeping a poop journal is not high on list of priorities. But it really is the best way to see what works and what doesn't.
Here's what you need to do:
1) Grab a word document or excel spreadsheet or just a plain ol' notebook. Use whatever method is going to be most convenient for you. It's not going to be super fun to keep a poop notebook, so make it as easy on yourself as possible.
2) As best you can, record the date and time for each of the following:
*Any medications taken (including Miralax, Ex-lax, etc)
*Every time the child poops (also include a brief description of what the poop looked like and amount)
*Any poop accidents or crumbs/ smears in the underwear
*Peeing events (if you've also got peeing issues going on)
*Any medical visits or tests
3) If possible, also record what the child eats and drinks. This is especially important if you are making dietary changes, like trying a dairy-free diet.
Why a poop journal is helpful:
1) A poop journal will help you make connections. The intestinal tract is long and it can take a while for medication and dietary changes to show up in the poop. A journal will help you make connections that you might miss otherwise.
2) A poop journal will help you to talk to you doctor. If you show up at your pediatrician or gastrointestinal doc with a poop journal, they will be able to give you much better advice.
2) Healing from encopresis can be a long journey. A poop journal will help you see how far you've come!
Have you kept a poop journal for your child? Did you find it helpful?