Our expert says:
It can be a( mercifully brief ) phase in some kids, but if this persists it is more likely to be a sign of a kid who is significantly disturbed for some reason, and who would bemnefit from seeing a shild shrink for a more detailed assessment. Meanwhile, though he may need your help, make him take the responsibility for washing himself and his clothes whenever he soils in this way. And think carefully over whether there is anything going on currently which could be upsetting him more than has been realized so far
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