Disgusting Bathroom habit

Ilene - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My six year old has been potty trained for a few years now....All of a sudden he is painting with his poop. He gets it all over his hands, the toilet, the sink, the floor, and even sometimes on the walls. What can I do to break him of this bad, disgusting habit. He starts first grade in a few weeks and I can't have him doing this at school.

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Kimberly - posted on 08/17/2010

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Oh my gosh I thought only my son did that. It was disgusting the first time he did it and I was pretty angry. He is also six and just one day thought it was a great idea. I broke it pretty quick, I handed him the sponge and cleaning supplies and I made him scrub it all off while I supervised. He did do it about 2 more times but since then not once.

Ilene - posted on 08/17/2010

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I did the "clean it up method" for potty training him and that worked well. Guess I need to go back to that for this new bad habit. So far he's been fine today and yesterday when he did it I told him school would send him home if he did that. We will see if he gets better. Thank you for the responses.

Rachael - posted on 08/17/2010

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punishment is a good idea, but make sure you arent making him OCD in the process.

Angie - posted on 08/17/2010

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Talking with him honestly is probably your best bet. Explain that this is a habit that could make him and others very sick. Then hand him some cleaning supplies - not antibacterial wipes but something that will take effort to use - and have him clean it up. When he's done getting every little bit of it up, give him an antibacterial wipe to disinfect the area. Then he'll need to take a bath or shower to get himself clean. Then of course, he'll need to clean and disinfect the shower to make sure there aren't any germs left. Don't make it fun for him; make it a huge chore so that he'll think twice about doing it again. I always think it's best to give a child a punishment that is related to the act.

Tina - posted on 08/17/2010

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hi... I am guessing that you have explained to him that this is a very bad habit and not a very nice thing to do... another train of thought is to "use" his going to school against him. you could say something like "he is a big boy now and will be going to school and you can't do things like that at school, especially if he wants to make new friends. the other kids won't want to play with you if you have poo all over your hands." I know it sounds a bit harsh or silly or even childish but it just might work because if he wants to go to school and be a big boy he wont want to be "different" from the other kids. give it a try and see if it works. please let me know how you go. good luck :)

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