Poop problems and SPD

by michelle
(illinois)

I have a 2 1/2 half year old and was just wondering if anyone had the trouble with the poop eating/smearing like I do with my SPD son. If so how can you get this to stop?!!!! Its not only gross but unsanitary. Please help

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Jan 11, 2016
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Poop
by: Anonymous

Could be a sensory-seeking behaviour? Perhaps try encouraging child to occupy hands some other way, e.g. fiddle toy, play-dough, blu-tack, etc? Also ensure that clothing limits child's access to his own butt.

Sep 17, 2015
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Toddler smearing poop
by: Anonymous

My son is 3yrs in October. He has adhd and 3/5 aspects of autism. Spd is one of them. He is starting to smear his poop more often now including on his dolls and toys even his TV. I've tried everything to stop him even removing all his toys in his room but he still does it. It's an extremely difficult thing to cope with and very unpleasant to deal with. If anyone has any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it tia

Jan 08, 2015
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poopy problem
by: Anonymous

my 4 year old plays with his poop. smears it on walls,floors,toys,himself. I am about to lose it. I have explained why it is gross and he shouldn't do but he doesn't seem to understand. I ask him why he does it and he says he is trying to make something??? HELP PLEASE!

Aug 16, 2013
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poo smearing
by: Anonymous

Hi I was just wondering if the coffee thing worked? I have 2 year old twins who poo smear everywhere, who do it everyday and have for months. My eldest has learning diff and did it until about four but I dont think these guys have it. I have taped the nappies on but because there is two of them, they just undo each other. Help! please.

Sep 04, 2010
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Coffee is the cure!
by: Jaime

HI everyone,

I have a three year old who has been eating and smearing his poop. It started with him eating a half a crock of Vaseline, and then progressed to poop. His OT has recommended a smell program in which cold, high concentrated coffee is included. For some reason, the smell of coffee satisfies the senses and deters them from wanting to eat their poop.

I decided to infuse his bedroom with a coffee scent to see if that actually works....I'll keep you all posted!

Aug 18, 2010
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My 10 year old eats his poop
by: Anonymous

He has been doing this since he was potty trained. His doctor said it's because he is asperger's autistic and this is one of his habits that he's gotten into.

I think it's disgusting & have repeatedly told him that he needs to stop doing it or he's going to become extremely ill yet he continues to do it.
When he's asked why he does it the only answer he can give me is "I don't know, & I won't do it again mommy" yet the next day I find him sitting on the toilet pulling poop out of himself & eating it. Please help because I'm at the end of my rope & ready to put him in the mental ward.

Apr 14, 2010
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same with our son:(
by: Ky

I have a 3 1/2 yr. old with sensory processing disorder and not only does he smear feces on his walls, but when wearing a diaper and soiling it he then removes all of the poop from his diaper and spreads it all over the floor 3-4 times per day. We have been told to use heavy duty tape on the diaper to hold it in place, but he knows how to remove it. We have placed the potty in his bedroom, and it works sometimes only. It seems like when we tell him to do something that he does not like he acts like this out of spite to get our goat. All is I can tell you is to pray, because it could be a very long time without getting your child potty trained. It is extremely frustrating and a living hell sometimes, but I try to focus on all the joy my child brings, not the bad stuff. Hang in there and take plenty of breaks for yourself and spouse. It is easy to let this take control of every aspect of your life.

Mar 17, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I am in the same boat. My daughter is 2 1/2 with SPD and does the same thing. It's a daily thing. She will even do it right in front of me. I wish I had a solution. I have talked to her O/T which told me she had heard of it but never experienced it with any of her patients. I'm sort of at a loss for what to do as well. It's something that you don't really want to tell too many people. As a parent I feel embarrassed that she does this. My daughter started doing this around 9 months, she stopped for a while and is back to doing it again. I'm sorry I can't be of more help, but know you aren't alone. I think my next step is to talk to her Pediatrician.

Mar 08, 2010
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Poop Problems and SPD
by: Anonymous

My son is eight years old, and when he was younger, I had this same problem. I asked the occupational therapist who was working with him at the time (he was three years old then), and she had never heard of it. She asked some of her colleagues if they ever heard of it, and they hadn't. Eventually, he out grew it. I think it has something to do with the SPD, and their sense of taste and smell. My son also would eat lotion, hair oil, vaseline, and even licked the insect repellent off his arms. One doctor mentioned Pica, and even though I had heard of Pica, I always read about it being related to eating clay, dirt and paint. This doctor said that Pica can be related to other non eatable things. I hope this helps you.

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