Sep 3, 2012

My child is smearing

Category: Childhood Disorders
Posted By: LeeAnn

Question: My nephew is 7 years old and is always smearing his feces all over the toilet and walls in the bathroom. I would like to know if he has some mental condition that may be causing him to do  this?  LeeAnn

Answer: Dear LeeAnn, I am afraid that you haven't really given enough information for me to be able to have much insight into the problem.  However, I can say that smearing at the age of seven is usually a sign of a fairly substantial emotional difficulty and it is definitely worth investigating the problem further.  To begin with I suggest talking to your son but it may well be advisable to seek the help of a child psychotherapist or family therapist. 

I wish you well with helping your son,



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