2 year old and eating poop?

Tina - posted on 03/14/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i know this sounds really gross but ive been having a problem with my 2 year old son and sticking his hands down his pants, and sucking on that finger with poop on it. Now i have slaped his hand and said no in a sturn voice, then wash hands and brush his teeth but i dont know how to really handle it since my daughter has never done it. I thought about starting potty training but hes behind and doesnt really talk. he says just a few words 2 are poop and peepee. they have no meaning to him at the moment. when we were training my daughter we would cheer and say to him "sister peepee or pooped in the potty yay" and he would cheer but thats about all. He doesnt understand when he gets yelled at to much either. Anyone have any idea on what i could do? Should i just go with the potty training and hope for the best? or is there more to this then him just being 2?

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Brittney - posted on 03/14/2012

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Sometimes they eat poop cause they are curious, sometimes cause they are bored, sometimes cause they have an iron deficiency. Freud says that human children have instinctive coprophiliac urges -- the desire to look at poop, touch it, eat it.



He will soon stop, keep telling him it doesn't go in the mouth and show him it goes in the potty.

Summer - posted on 03/18/2012

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We just put our son in onesies when he was putting his hand down the front. Slapping his hand may only increase the nervous energy around this issue. I would just calmly hold him, wash his hand and say again and again. Poop goes in the potty.

Jessica - posted on 03/18/2012

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If it grosses you out too much I've heard of parents putting a strip of duct tape all the way around the waist of the diaper to make it tighter & harder for the kid to get his hand down there.

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Ann - posted on 03/05/2013

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My daughter is 15 months and she started doing the same not too long ago. She used to actually take her diaper off and smear poop all over her face, hair, and the floor. Then i started to put onesies under all her clothes that way she couldn't put her hands down her pants anymore, or take off her diaper. So far it's been working pretty well :)

Drew - posted on 03/01/2013

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I have a similar issue with my 2 year old and I'm just wondering if you found something that worked? Also if your son was diagnosed with something such as Diabetes or Autism? (Sorry if that's too personal)

Veronica - posted on 03/28/2012

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PS I meant, "He began to chew..." One other thing, I like to ask you is, have you had your son's hearing checked? His speech doesn't concern me. He may have his sister to answer all his pointing of the finger & doesn't need to talk. However you said he does not respond to loud cues. I wonder if he can hear well. Best of luck and I am pleased you are reaching out rather than making this into a secret. It is nothing to be ashamed about even if most have never heard of this behavior.

Veronica - posted on 03/28/2012

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Tina, my mother-in-law shared how my husband would wait for her to leave the room to poop. Then he would proceed to put his hand down his diaper and you know the rest of the story. She later by then 2 years old began to chew on wood. Of course, medicine was not as advance at the time. Finally at the age of 3 he was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and a serious iron deficiancy. Not all Diabetics to be excibit these behaviors, but science today is very advanced. I have tested each of my children for the antibody found in humans before Diabetes. The test can be done by most pediatric endrocrinologist.

Tina - posted on 03/14/2012

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sigh of relive there. he may have iron deficiency i will really have to check into that with his doctor visit. thank you! i wouldnt have thought of that because hes 2

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