Can't find info on this anywhere on the net, my 6 yr old (7 in 2 months) gets up in the middle of the night to pee, and when he does, he sprays it all over the place, everywhere but in the bowl. What can we do?? My husband wants to lock the bathroom door and make him go outside like a dog. We have tried making him clean it up. We are sick of the smell and the mess!! Any suggestions?

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Jan - posted on 03/29/2009

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We had that problem with our now 5 yr old.  We took the instructions that our pediatrician gave us for our youngest for sleep walking and that seemed to help.  We put a small baracade up across the floor that causes him to wake up and put a motion sensing night light in the bathroom that helps him to see the light switch.  This has seemed to help him get awake enough to hit the hole.  This seemed to also help with my husband but I still look before I sit in our bathroom.

Amy - posted on 03/29/2009

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Funny responses. I always look before i sit too! The worst is when you are wearing socks and you step in it. I encourage my 7 year old to sit on the toilet at home but to stand at public facilities. I also keep wipes in a container beside the toilet. If i catch him in the act i ask him to wipe it up, nicely, of course. But the wipes are also handy for a quick wipe and disinfect if i find it later. This might help with smell, it did for me. Another suggestion is to leave a wash cloth beside the toilet, if he drapes it over his lap while he's peeing it'll keep it from getting on his pjs or the floor. You might have to get up and help him get used to the routine of sitting and putting the cloth over his lap at first, until he gets used to it.Good luck.

Teresa - posted on 03/28/2009

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I am going through the same problem. When my older foster sons pee'd one of them would pee everywhere, like alot of you we were sick of the smell and having to clean up after him. He's left home thank goodness, but my 5 year old is still here. No matter what I have a pool of pee behind the toilet everyday. I have to get behind the bowl and clean the mess up back behind the bowl ( I just know one day I will get stuck become overcome with urine fumes and have to bare the ridicule of the Fire Dept and Newspapers. (Ha ha ha) I was told that if your child can understand instructions ie: is not mentally challenged that he has to know the consequences of his actions and has to clean up his own mess. Also that it is a good idea to wake him up just before you go to bed and get him to go again. Remind him you will check to see if he has used the toilet properly., Until he gets the message, get a supply of clorex wipes for him to use right after he uses the toilet. GOOD LUCK

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My boys are 7 and 9. They cannot hit the bowl consistently in broad daylight! Part of it may be because he is so tired, part, just being a kid. I make my boys clean it and finally my older son is getting better. And, I always look before I sit!!

Abigail - posted on 03/28/2009

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rofol. I know this is not funny to you, but I have soooo been there. 2 boys. I have literally cleaned pee off the bathroom ceiling. One thing that has gone a loonngg way toward stemming the flow in our house is to make them clean up after themselves.



If there is pee anywhere other than in the toilet, let your son clean it up. The ick factor will work well for you, I think.

Tara - posted on 03/28/2009

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In addition to having your son sit down, ask him to sit down facing the back of the toilet -- straddling the bowl. Very little chance of bad aim when he sits like that! Keep a container of Clorox wipes near the toilet and tell him that if he misses, he has to clean it up. It works with my 8 year old.

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Take him to the toilet yourself and help him get it in the pan? Also try sitting him down to do it - he'll be half alseep and won't even remember in the morning.

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We had our boys doing the same thing, so we bought plastic ping pong ball to put in the toilet as its floats and played the aim game, they soon got the idea lol

Karen - posted on 03/27/2009

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Definately stop them from drinking any liquid after a certain time at night. I found this helped with my son when he was six. Some one even suggested putting a table tennis ball in the toilet so that they had something to aim at. (you can get glow in the dark ones) lol

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My son is almost 8 and does the same thing.  What's even better he doesn't use the "kids" bathroom he walks into ours.  I am not sure how to get him to stop, but I do mop almost every night.  If you find out a good way to stop this from happening let us all know.

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My son is almost 8 and does the same thing.  What's even better he doesn't use the "kids" bathroom he walks into ours.  I am not sure how to get him to stop, but I do mop almost every night.  If you find out a good way to stop this from happening let us all know.

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My son is 10 1/2 and we are still having the same problem! I am so tired of his bathroom smelling either like urine or bleach (from me cleaning the tile floor everyday).

Kristin - posted on 03/26/2009

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We are havng a similar problem with our 5 year old. It has been suggested to us to limit drinks before bedtime. Also make a house rule that he has to sit down. Another friend suggested buying the little potty target. you can actually use a cheerio. although that may not work when he is half asleep. good luck.

Brook - posted on 03/26/2009

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LOL :) your husband sounds like mine. My daughter sleep walks so there have been MANY occasions where she'll use the kitchen chair thinking it's a toilet, open the fridge and sit down and pee.. oh the list goes on. What I found helps her is that the bathroom light is left on at night and I leave the toilet seat up for her. The light being on tends to help her "wake up" and watch what she's doing and the seat lid already up helps her to just be albe to sit right down on it and go. She just turned 7 so she's about the same age as your son.  With your son being a boy and "spraying" I would suggest making sure he's went to the bathroom 3 times within the hour before bed, nothing to drink after 7 pm and if all else fails try to encourage him to wake up before he tries to use the bathroom so he can aim it. :) Good luck!!

Brandy - posted on 03/26/2009

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I would Suggest No liquids After dinner Then He MAy NOt Get Up Also, Men Continue To have BAd Aim untill they Are Old....So I would by Clorox wipes for easy Clean -up

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We always made our son sit down to pee. Now that he's 11 I'm sure he stands up but has much better aim :)

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