Poop Painting?

Maggie - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 22 months and fascinated with his poop. Every time he goes poop he shoves his hands into his diaper to pull it out and squish it in his hands. Then, he smears it all over everything he can put his hands on. He does this almost every time he goes! I get so angry now, because I've had to clean these messes 30-40 times now that I scream and yell at him. I can't control the volume of my voice when he does it! I've tried onsies, but he can get to the poop from the leg. Basically, if he wants to get to it, he will. I want to know if there is a way to control my anger better and how to make him not want to do it anymore. And, yes, I have considered that he's doing it for attention...

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Maybe your son is ready to start potty training. I would try focusing my energy on getting him to go in the potty. Keep telling him that poo poo isn't something that we play with and big boys need to put it in the potty. I know you must be angry, but take a deep breath and count to 10 before you speak. Maybe start a reward system where he gets a treat when he doesn't play with his poop and an even better reward if he starts pooping in the potty. Good luck and hang in there.

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Christina - posted on 08/27/2009

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ok....lol....i have gone through this one before. my now 13 year old daughter did this when she was 2 and didnt stop till she was almost 4. it is just a phase and it will pass eventually. the suggestion on playing with something of the same texture.....that is the worst possible thing that you can do. because when the playdoh gets ruined or at night when you have layed him down to bed and he wakes up before you it is just going to encourage him to play with his doodie. i will tell you that you made a mistake by putting him back in diapers/pull ups. now when you go back to get him to use the potty again he is not going to want to because you made it acceptable for him to be back in diapers. get him outta the diapers asap. the reward thing is a good idea but does not work for all children. does your son enjoy his toys? when he plays in his poo does he ever get it on his toys? if so then when he does get it on his cherished toys do you clean them and then give them back? if so instead of cleaning them throw them away and make sure he watches you. he will pitch a fit but make sure you calmly explain to him that because he did what he did that they are nasty and ruined and dont replace them until he stops. it worked for my daughter once she figured out mommy was serious. she was terrible about it, not only did it go all over her, but all over the walls and toys and crib and any other thing that her tiny hands could touch. good luck

Jana - posted on 08/25/2009

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I have no idea if this would work I'm just putting the thought out there. What if you start doing some activities with him involving things that have a similar texture as poop. Maybe letting him finger paint, play with playdoh, play with the stuff that forms when you mix corn starch and water together, playing with shaving cream, or play with cookie dough. Maybe if he can feel things that are similar in texture, and he knows he won't get yelled at by playing with them he might stop playing with this poop. Just a thought, I hope you find something that will help end this problem.

Maggie - posted on 08/25/2009

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He was potty training and doing SO well, he knows the potty and has pooped in it on many occasions, as well as pee. But, ever since he started playing in his poop I've stopped potty training because everything I do now is to keep him away from his poop... Rewards, I haven't tried it yet, thanks!

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