Are you ready for XMAS...sign up to get our latest offers

Faecal Smearing_Smearing_SpecialKids.Company

What you need to know about faecal smearing (scatolia) in children

September 18, 2018

Faecal smearing, medically known as scatolia, is an issue many parents have to learn to cope with. Sometimes linked to autism, dealing with it can cause anxiety for parents. It can be difficult to control how your child acts at bedtime, in social settings, or on days out. It’s important not to feel alone; you’re not the only one going through this. Finding out why your child does it is the first step in overcoming the problem.

 

Faecal smearing due to sensory issues

If your child isn’t able to find a suitable outlet for their senses, such as playing with paint or playdough, they might smear their faeces instead. This can include situations where your child doesn’t have access to these outlets, such as at bedtime. As a result, they choose to ‘play’ with their faeces instead.

Children with autism can be overwhelmed by their senses, so putting an alternative in place can help to avoid the behaviour. Setting time throughout the day for playing with sensory-stimulating toys can help reduce any urges they might have. If their sleep is still disrupted, there are items you can buy to soothe their senses at night. Specialist bodysuits can also help where they are restricted from putting their hands inside, view our range of adaptive clothing designed to tackle smearing issues in children.

Behavioural problems and faecal smearing

Behavioural causes of faecal smearing can arise for several reasons, including:

  • If your child knows that the behaviour will delay events.
  • A misunderstanding that they shouldn’t play with their faeces.
  • Positive feelings due to the associated feelings of relaxation and happiness.
  • They want attention.

It’s possible that smearing faeces may have developed as other ways to get attention, like crying or throwing toys, have stopped working. Some children who struggle with emotional issues may also find it can help them to feel in control.

Tackling behavioural issues

To get your child to stop smearing faeces, an effective first step to take is identifying the behaviour behind their actions. To do this, you can use the ABCs to highlight motivations and triggers:

  • A for Antecedent: which situations occur in the lead up to smearing?
  • B for Behavior: the behaviour itself
  • C for Consequence: what transpires after smearing?

It’s important to avoid reinforcing the behaviour in any way, especially negatively. Positive reinforcement should be used for acts that deserve rewarding, such as tidying up their toys. A negative situation should be given a neutral response and as little attention as possible.

Medical causes for scatolia

Medical causes for developing faecal smearing include infections, or abdominal pain and discomfort. Children will use the act as a way to explore the problem and attempt to alleviate it. Consult with your child’s doctor to rule out medical complications. Ruling out medical causes can be a way to ‘treat’ the condition early on.

A first step you can take towards your child overcoming faecal smearing can be to invest in restrictive clothing. Bodysuits are a great way to restrict access to faeces. The clothing doesn’t compromise on movement or comfort.

Dealing with faecal smearing doesn’t have to be a challenge you face alone. Comfort is our top priority at Special Kids Company. While overcoming complex situations, help your child to be comfortable with our range of non-irritable and adaptive clothing.





Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Latest update

A guide to underwear for children with special needs
A guide to underwear for children with special needs

November 16, 2018

Getting your child dressed isn’t always easy but if your child is sensitive to tags, specific materials, and buttons it can be distressing for them. Specialist underwear can make dressing your child a lot easier and prevent irritation.

Read More

Autism Bibs Special Kids Children Dribbling
Dribbling is more common than you think

November 09, 2018

Dealing with your child’s drooling habits can be difficult especially if you start to notice they haven’t grown out of it. This is a common behavior in children with special needs, and you shouldn’t feel alone when dealing with it. There are several tips and tricks you can try to make cleaning up dribble easier, as well as fashion garments that make staying dribble-free easy and stylish.

Read More

Events you need to add to your calendar if your child has special needs
Events you need to add to your calendar if your child has special needs

October 15, 2018

Over the next few months, there are some events we think need to be in your calendar. Raising awareness of disability and special needs is critical. What better way to get the message out there by attending events with a focus on specialised equipment and clothing!

Read More

Size Guide

KayCey Size Chart

SIZE CHART
KayCey bodysuit size chart
UK(Age) Europeon(up to) US Chest(up to) Body Length(up to) Weight(up to) Tube Access Width
2 96cm/38" 2T 56cm/22" 44cm/18" 18kg/40lbs 8cm/3"
3-4 107cm/42" 3T-4T 60cm/24" 50cm/20" 21kg/46lbs 9cm/3.5"
5-6 116cm/46" 5-6 64cm/25" 54cm/21" 25kg/55lbs 10cm/4"
7-8 128cm/50" 7-8 69cm/27" 58cm/23" 35kg/77lbs 11cm/4.5"
9-10 140cm/55" 9-10 73cm/29" 61cm/24" 44kg/97lbs 12cm/5"
11-12 152cm/60" 11-12 85cm/33" 66cm/26" 54kg/119lbs 13cm/5"
13-14 164cm/65" 13-14 90cm/36" 72cm/28" 66kg/146lbs 14cm/5.5"
15-16 172cm/69" 15-16 102cm/40" 76cm/30" 72kg/158lbs 15cm/5.9"

 

Wonsie Size Chart

Wonsie UK size chart

 

Ez Sox Size Chart

Ez-Sox size chart