How do i get my 5 year old to wipe after using the bathroom?

Dawn - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 and she knows how to wipe and when she does it, she does it well. She doesnt do it tho unless i am right there or ask her if she has done it and then I send her back in there to wipe if she hasnt.

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Ricki - posted on 04/04/2010

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thank u for ur idea's as my son is going thought this now and is going to kinder on the 12th april so this is a go time for me to learn about this so thank u very much ricki

Trish - posted on 03/28/2010

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My son does it as well. He is 5 1/2 and needs alot of encouragement to wipe on his own! When he goes he we have now made a deal, I have to be in the room for his comfort as well as " a butt check" for an all clean!! Work in progress......

Lisa - posted on 03/24/2010

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I don't think that just reminding her after each time is enough to do the trick. My son is 7 and we have the same problem with him alot! We have tried reminding him over and over and asking and following up and still he refuses to do it most of the time and the dirty underwear doesn't bother him, he will just take them off and try to hide them from me! A reward system like with potty training works pretty good, its a slow process though.

Hedy - posted on 03/23/2010

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My sons were terrible with this and then I discovered if I ket flushable wipes such as scott or cottenelle in there they always do it with no conversation - just is easier for them then regular toilet paper.

Rebecca - posted on 03/23/2010

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keep encouraging him. Put him on a sticker program for everytime he does it. you can add an extra reward if you want after earning so many stickers. Your call. Good luck!

Rebecca - posted on 03/23/2010

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kids don't usually like having dirty pants from the after marks of not wiping so just give it time and encourage her.

Cheryl - posted on 03/23/2010

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PLZ! tell me any good suggestions on this? my son doesnt wipe at all and i have showed him numerous times and his underwear shows me he doesnt do it. So gross!~!~ what to do?

Danielle - posted on 03/23/2010

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It is so nice to hear I'm not the only one struggling with this issue. My daughter has been using the restroom on her own for almost two years now, but I have to constantly ask her if she wiped and flushed. She is in preschool this year, so she is doing better, but still doesn't do it every time.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2010

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my fiver does it too. she's just always in such a hurry to go because she doesn't want to miss any action out of the bathroom. we just always ask her as soon as she comes out if she wiped, flushed, and washed hands. she knows now to run back in and finish everything up!

Ricki - posted on 03/22/2010

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Oh my God, thank you sooo much for this. I thought it was just my daughter! She turned 5 in January, does fine wiping after peeing, but #2....she doesn't seem to know where to wipe. She realized there was a problem when she saw the marks in her panties (disgusting I know, but it was the only way I could get her to understand the issue.)
I never thought about the flushable wipes, but I will definitely have to get those!

Jan Marie - posted on 03/22/2010

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It was the same with my daughter. 1) I took her by the hand and showed her the steps for wiping when going 1 & 2, then I let her practice) 2) I askedher close the door when she goes to the bathroom (it took a lot of courage (tears and all) on her part, but as a mom you have to stick to it and follow through), 3) I asked her go to the bathroom alone (keep in mind it takes a lot of tears at first), 4) I told her if she just tries it herself, I will check when she is finished (I stand outside the bathroom or in the next room, near enough to hear her call when she is finished) 5) It took about 6 months of practicing and having to do it as a kindergarter at school FYI - I also purchased wet flushable wipes and she has finally mastered it! Now she also does it with TP, she is turning 6 on march 23rd and we have a lot to celebrate! No more of me having to wipe her!!!

Kat - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter used the bathroom by herself since 2 1/2, but, never wanted to wipe after defecating. This became a problem when she was about to start school, so we sat down to have a conversation. She was just worried about getting clean. I bought her the flush-able wet wipes, and that helped. It took a couple of weeks, a lot of prodding, and being honest with her (the teacher isn't going to help, and the kids are going to poke fun) to finally get her doing it on her own. I think that it is okay to give rewards for this type of thing, like a big girl trip to get her nails painted if she goes a week without being told!

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