Bathroom anxiety

Shannon - posted on 12/30/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have an 8 year old daughter with a fear/anxiety about bathrooms. She is fully potty trained obviously, and has never had any issues with bathrooms this bad before but here in the last few months it's gotten a littie worse. She is so afraid of toliets, most especially one's she isn't used to using, i.e public restrooms or bathrooms at someone else's house. She said she is afraid of being sucked down the hole regardless of me trying to reassure her she can't be. At our house, she does fine but has a fear of turning the shower on by herself. She actually gives herself pep talks before she goes to take a shower and it breaks my heart because I don't know what is causing her to have this kind of anxiety. I have to go with her when she has to use the bathroom when we are not at home and she refuses to use toliets that flush automatically. Has anyone out there dealt with this before?? The only thing I can think of is something happened to her over the summer while she was visiting her dad in Texas and it traumatized her. I don't know for sure though.

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Joshandmel07 - posted on 12/30/2013

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My 6 year okd son has a similar proble m. He refuses to go to the bathroom only at school for fear of getting locked in the stall..

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