Posted by: help | 2009/03/25

8yr old dirtying pants.

hi there, my partner and i are both divoriced. His son has recently starting dirtying his underpants and not going to the toilet. He smiles about it and does not even re-act to being teased at school.
why could this be, his mother hardly sees him and is not involved in his life. His father now has custody since the beginning of this year and before that he stayed with his mom. Could something have happened to him? Please help we do not know what to do.

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COuld be encopresis. Kids who come under stress tend to regress, and may start behaving like they did when much younger, and soiling oneself is one waya child may, without realizuing it, signal that he is upset. H is probably upset and missing his mom, whatever the reasons might be for her so oddly choosing not to be involved in his life. Children tend to blame themselves for things like this. It would help most for him to see a child psychologist or child psychiatrist for assessment, and maybe some counselling, to help him adjust and stop this annoying behaviour.

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