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Body is changing - 7yr old

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differentnameforthis Sat 14-May-11 09:20:17

How do I handle this without being too graphic/giving her too much info?

She isn't great at wiping herself after using the toilet - sometimes she doesn't at all (although only after weeing) <sigh>, so gets very sore, was trying to tell her that it is important that she tries harder to keep herself clean, as her body is changing, then I got nervous about what to say!

Help! What good resources are out there, book etc!

activate Sat 14-May-11 09:25:14

I am not sure what you are saying I see two issues

1) wiping herself

- it is important that girls learn to wipe properly every time - otherwise we get sore and infections like cystisis which will be very sore and you will need medicine - you don't want that do you

so take 4 pieces of tissue - scrunch or fold - wipe front to back - throw in toilet

will need to do this again until you feel clean if you've had a poo

take an extra 2 sheets fold and dab where the wee comes out to make sure you're dry

you must do this every time - do I need to come and watch you or are you a big girl

then check every single time until she goes Mu-uum with exasperation

in terms of body changing there are a million and one books but unless she's going through early puberty it may be a bit early for most of them - I'd have thought closer to 9 would be more appropriate

differentnameforthis Sat 14-May-11 09:27:48

Yeah, tried all that re the wiping, standing over etc. Se just doesn't seem to get it. It's not every time, just often enough.

differentnameforthis Sat 14-May-11 09:32:07

Sorry, should have said thanks!

I kinda agree re the book, I guess. I don't think she is headed towards early puberty, but I started having a talk about her body changing (and why she needs to look after it) to highlight the importance of wiping herself. It did lead her to ask some Qs which is why I wondered if it was time to introduce a book. But I think you are right, the ones I have looked at online are too old for her, for now.

She showers every day, so isn't dirty down there, just lack of wiping at school not good.

ohthejoys Fri 26-Aug-11 10:03:27

DD1 is just the same. Have tried everything but just hopeing she will grow out of it!

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