I’ve been writing and rewriting this post for the past month.
I began it the day Poopcasso invaded my home.
It is EXACTLY what you are thinking.
We have a little Poopcasso on our hands.
(Makes me think of Betty White in The Proposal, so I smile every time I say it or type it. Poopcasso. Poopcasso. Okay, I’ll stop. For now.)
Alexander has begun his journey of self discovery, at the ripe old age of 2.
For some strange reason, my child has an affinity for play with his poo.
Not only does he play with it, he paints with it.
He is the 1st of my 3 children to do this.
I have done everything the Internetz have suggested.
- Put diaper on backwards – DIDN’T WORK
- Put zipper jammies on him – DIDN’T WORK
- Keep a onsie on his at all times – DIDN’T WORK
- Bathe or shower him in cold water when he does it – DIDN’T WORK
- Scolding – DIDN’T WORK
We’ve tried it all.
So now, we have resorted to this:
His diaper is secured with duct tape at nap time and bed time.
The remainder of the day we are working on potty training.
Today, he used the potty twice!
Now he is napping.
Here’s hoping my little Poopcasso (tee hee) doesn’t strike again!
P.S. In my crazy mad Internetz research about kids playing with their poo, I found some things that irritated me.
Things like this- I have highlighted the parts that made me angry because this IS a normal childhood behavior!
4-year-old won’t stop playing with his poop
I am in desperate need of help on how to get my 4 year old son to stop playing with his poop. For the last couple of weeks he has been using his poop to paint the walls, mirrors, carpet, etc. We have found pooped smeared into the carpet and in his bed. Even during his bath he pooped and put it into one of his play cups to play with. I’ve tried explaining to him why this is unacceptable and how it’s dirty and poop belongs in the potty. We’ve tried time outs, but he is absolutely defiant when it comes to this and has started peeing in his pants when in time out even though he is potty trained. We’ve tried having him clean it up, but it doesn’t seem to phase him at all how disgusting this all is. We are completely out of our minds with this and are wondering if there is something more to this and if we need professional intervention as well. pooped-out mom
Yikes, at his age, this is not normal.
I am an elementary teacher, and we would occasionally see that a young student (ie kindergarten or first grader) was doing this because there would be a mess in the bathrooms. Whenever it was brought to the attention of the school counselor, he said that it happens very frequently in children who are being sexually abused and to take it seriously. Do you trust all the people your son comes into contact with?
Maybe it’s nothing…I’m no expert…and I know some young toddlers do it…but I have a four year old and I can’t imagine him wanting to do this. I would ask your pediatrician as soon as you can. Good luck to you… Oakland Mom
THEN THERE IS THIS WHOLE SENTENCE THAT REALLY IRRITATED ME:
Your son needs psychological and/or psychiatric help. You and your husband may need counseling since this is a family issue as well. Anon
As far as I’m concerned, this DBag needs to be removed from the Internetz!