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Eating Feces/Feces in Mouth???
My son is almost 5 years old; a little over a year ago we (my wife and I) caught him putting feces in his mouth, not everyday, but enough that we were worried/concerned about it. His reasoning was either he didn't want to have to go to the bathroom, his poop was hurting him or we didn't feed him enough. It went in cycles as to him doing this and us catching him; we asked the school psychologist to get involved and they met/observed him and told us there was nothing out of the ordinary and it would stop with time. Today we just caught him again with feces in his mouth watching TV; his reasoning was he didn't want to go to the bathroom. He acts like it's no big deal and doesn't seem to understand that it's not healthy, safe or acceptable. HELP! Open to any suggestions.
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You need to take your son to a child psychiatrist or psychologist for evaluation.  At 5 this is not normal and it's best to get him checked out.
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This is called coprophagia.   Basically,  eating poop.  

In other mammals besides humans it's a sign of nutritional defiency,  and in puppy mill puppies it's a sign of being left in a cage too long with feces and nothing else to play with or eat.

Worriedparents,  this is very unusual that he is eating this rather than hiding it if he's having accidents.  Usually children will hide their underwear,  or leave the feces in their pants.  Eating it is very unusual.

Have you taken him in for a complete nutritional check up and blood work?  It may be that he has a deficit.  
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I would love to hear if you have an update or found a solution to this?
My 5 yr old daughter is doing the same behavior..but is also very aggressive & acts out quite a bit.  We are waiting for her mental health referral as of now..but it is really disturbing to me , because as with your son..she does not seem to take in how harmful/wrong this is.
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my son is nearly six and has been eating feces for the last three years, just after been diagnosed with autism, i know sounds bad, but your gut is telling you there is something wrong, at the moment cant stop him and know one knows how, specialist saying its a sensory problem, how do i put this but his intelligence is extremely good, so he is well aware of what he is doing but cant seem to stop. I too am looking for help, oh have had blood tests done and he is not lacking in any nutrients, i had wondered the same?
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wow...im am going thru this as of right now, all ive been told is the lady (amog) that my child has autism an it sounds like a sensory disorder yet no answer on what to do my son is 2 years old,please if anyone has a ccurrent answer it would be great, im going crazy, dont know what to do...PLEASE HELP.
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my child use to do this too. she would stick her hand inside her diaper and put it in her mouth and it seem like it didnt bother her at all . my daughter who is three years old nowhas recentlly been diagnose with mild autism.I havent notice this behavior for over a year now.
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we've been to medical doctors and psychiatrists, counselors, specialists, OT's, homeopathists, naturopathists, and more for 6 years for this problems and it has only gotten worse. She is going into middle school next year and she still needs an aid to follow her around to make sure she doesn't do it in front of anyone. She's ADHD/ NLD and we all are suspecting Aspergers (she should of been diagnosed by this age but her insurance wouldn't pay for counseling if she has autism because they feel autistic kids cannot get better with counseling UGG!!!) Anyway, its pretty hopeless.. Whats really sad is that she could totally have a normal life, she is really smart, a good writer, a good friend. I hope that as she gets older she will gain more body awareness to be able to stop the habit. Its hopeless a little... her counselors just dropped us because they weren't able to help after so much work they did.
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Your counselors need a wake up call!!  They don't have to use autism/ADHD..etc as the only diagnosis for billing.  They can use depression,anxiety, anger,...etc!!  You keep fighting mama cause your baby needs help.  don't let them give you the run around!!  Godd luck !
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yes it is unusual, and because of that, we had people at her school who couldn't handle the thought of her problem to treat her very disrespectfully too.  Watch out for people who can't handle it! We have had people first thing think there is some abuse or negligence or heaven forbid aweful stuff going on in our home, and its not.. we've been fully checked out and now I have many professionals who can back me up on that.. who have come to our home a lot to help and have gotten to know me and my parenting methods for a long time and know that this is just some strange thing that we all can't figure out.  A kids behavior problem does not always fit into a box, I've learned.. and what you think always is the cause is not always true especially when you are looking at development delays and autism. We have had so much judgement and those same people who judged did us a disservice by thinking that my daughter has no disability that its just abuse.. we went through a few hard years with this and people.  I'm happy that we have come out the other end..... with the problem still... but with people understanding at least.
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My step son is 5 and he plays with his butt to the point where it is bloody and covered with poop. He wont stop. We have to literally watch him 24 7 other wise he does it in public at home to his 2 yr old sister.. it all started because his 9 yr old sister has been molesting him for at least 3 yrs.. cps said what they do to eachother is ok.. trying to take him to counseling all they can do is teach him boundaries of the body.. I think him and his 9 yr old sister need to be removed.. but my husband doesnt want to do anything to loose his kids.. but what can I do.. I need help. It has gotten to the point where im going to leave my husband if things dont change.. please help me. I live in kern county ca.. all the resources here suck..
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CPS is full of it !!  Contact your local police dept and file a complaint.  Protect your baby.  Good luck
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My son is 10/ eat his feces. It is soooo  hurtful. I try to get him help on it. He has been doing it since the age of five. I still have no answers as to why he does it. He's been Institutionalize a few times. Different treatment programs. Nothing seem to be working for him. He may stop doing it a day or so. I have been recently told that he doesn't have OCD, Autism that's been ruled out. My hands are tied. I ask him why do he feel the need to do it. He tells me he can't help it. And he is a digger. So, to only think he does it in the bathroom isn't the case. He use to be really good at hiding it. Now, its just when ever, however, he needs to do it. Someone please HELP ME.................... Mother really in need for my son to get better
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Have you talked with your pediatrician?  Maybe he is deficient in a vitamin or mineral?  He also needs to see an occupational therapist.
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I feel you I'm going thru same thing with my 8 almost 9 yr old. It's killing me inside... he says he don't know why he does it and it just happens... the smell the embarrassment I can't take him out or let him stay night at friends cause he does it there too. Help....
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My great niece is severely Autistic and at 13, is also not potty-trained. I feel she should be, but am not the parent and can't make it happen. I have never seen her eating her feces, but she does touch herself and will get feces on her fingers/under her nails, etc. Teachers have been changing her diapers and have seen her eating her feces. One reason may be called Pica. It is a condition where people/kids eat strange/unusual things. I read somewhere that the smell of strong coffee can help them stop. I've no idea if it works, but read there is something in the odor that calms the urges?? I just can't believe any doctor would say it is normal, particularly after a certain age.
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Did anything work? My son started eating feces at 18 months.  We stopped him of course. But thinking back, we were always careful to change his diaper quickly. When he was in third grade, we figured out that he was doing it again.  We took him to a therapist and he made him talk about it. He has never cried so hard. It was very emotional for him and he stopped for years. Tonight, my wife told me that she caught him doing it again. He is 10 years old. The websites I have read say that it is associated with mental retardation, autism and schizophrenia. My son has a 130 IQ and is a gifted student.  He is social, outgoing, and makes friends easily. I don't know what to do about this.  Please help. I love my son and want to help him
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Hello, my heart goes out to you as I have the same problem with my two year old who is extremely bright.  Yesterday we had a meeting with the school district psychiatrist to get an assessment.  My son is also very hyperactive at this age.  I mentioned his fixation with poop to her about a week ago and she said she would look into it.  My son has been doing it for months now, but sporadic because I have restricted his access.  He got around that by pooping in the bath.  What she said actually surprised me.  She said that eating poop is a problem with children who are mentally delayed or extremely gifted and that Mozart had that disorder as well and actually died from complications.  I looked it up and no mention of eating poop, but Mozart did die of some sort of on again off again bacterial type sickness.  I don't know where she got her info from I only can say what she told me.  She also said it is a very serious thing because it can lead to bacterial complications.  My son is also extremely bright, so it does not only affect children with disabilities. I now make and give my child colloidal silver for its anti bacterial, viral, parasitic, and no side effect properties. Don't buy it, make it at home so you are sure what you are getting.  It's extremely easy...look at you tube videos. I strongly suggest you look into its benefits for the whole family.  As for the fixation, from what I gather it's not something they can control even if they are extremely embarrassed by it. Be supportive as they are most likely very confused and overwhelmed. Good  luck and God Bless you and your family.
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My daughter has Williams Syndrome...11 yrs old...She does the same...however she is developementally delayed...Thank God it comes out the other end...and blood work has been normal...so far ..but I have been explaining to her the best way i can and take away her laptop..Seems to work for a while...So I just ask God's wisdom and grace for patience and that capable loving doctors are able to help us resolve this...being he is only 5 ...try like super nany time out.5.or taking a favorite toy away..then ;explaining why in a loving way that it could make him sick.. Not sure if the normal bloodwork they have detects bacteria or fungus maybe...gonna do more research...God Bless...
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My 2 year old daughter ate poop and her mouth and body smells like poop what do I do to get rid of the odor from her mouth and body we have brushed her teeth a lot any answers on what we can use to get rid of the smell from her mouth and body
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Have any of you  thought to have your children's Bloodgood done? A lot of people and even animals eat feaces to obtain certain nutrients, it's just a weird thing that happens when we need a vitamin or mineral we're not getting enough of. I would look into things like the possibility of being deficient in something and also a doctor can help explain the dangers of feaces in itself as it can cause all sorts of health problems. Just some food for thought.
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Typos, ugh! I was saying is worth getting  BLOODWORK done.
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I need help too. My son keeps digging in his pants and butt  his underware are always dirty and now he's sniffing and eating his poo off his fingers. I have spanked him scolded him restricted him threatened him took to doctors everything. He's not anemic he's just got this thing he does and I can't stop him. Help... advice.... mittens on hands? I just don't know what to do anymore....
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I don't have any answers to this troubling question previous parents are having.... in fact I'm having the same relatable problem. My now 7yr old daughter eats her poo when left alone I've chastised her for so for years... It does absolutely nothing she still have done it but when she see's me now she will stop.... her previous doctors have told me it's due to sensory deprivation and she'll grow out of it... still not the case... my baby girl does not understand what is dangerous and what isn't so literally everything she will eat and put in her mouth.... I don't understand I don't know what to do but pray that God manifest her healing... she's also lost all of her skills that she once had when she was 5 1/2 yrs old she stopped talking and writing her name I don't even believe she's on a 2nd grade level educational wise.... this is very hard for me to watch my daughter go from being educational more advanced than her twin to now not reading writing or anything and still with this awkward fascination with her feces.... she was born delayed oxygen and now has epilepsy mild case of cerebral palsy and developmental delays I'm still looking for answers. Someone please help us I want my daughter to be able to enjoy her childhood and learn who she is but this is hindering that for her. Reality side of it positive side is that she will grow from all this in away that will give her the best life has to offer. Please someone help us
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