Toileting

by Brenda
(Vermont)

My 9 yr old is still unable or unwilling to wipe himself after a bowel movement. We have tried gloves and wet wipes,threats and bribery. He gags and says he will throw up. If pushed to try he

holds it in to the point he is soiling himself. The only advice his psyc MD has is make him do it. Anyone with a better solution?

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Mar 28, 2010
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me too
by: Anonymous

We have a 6 year old with SPD and we have to help him. What we have done is a point system-he gets a point on his behavior chart if he attempts to wipe and then I finish up the messy part. He gets instantly rewarded if he wipes well, and I only check. We are slowly getting there but it is taking a long time.

Feb 26, 2010
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Son wiping himself
by: Anonymous

My 7 year old has the same issue- this is a real issue for these kids it is NOT BEHAVIORIAL. My son has proprioceptive issues, he cannot tell where his hands are when not in sight. When he wipes himself it is very messy and hard for him, so he just gives up!

OT is slowly helping, in the meantime if I am home I help him- which drives my Husband crazy! Help your son, get him some help it will get better. Email and let me know how you are doing.

Feb 14, 2010
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Toileting
by: Amma

How about having him clean himself during a bath or soon after when there is no poop to deal with. Once he gets comfortable with the action itself he could be eased into using the action during actual toileting.

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