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Can a 4 year old typically wipe their own butt?

I'm babysitting a 4 year old whose mother told me he has a speech delay from being deaf in one ear until recently...no big deal I thought. But I'm finding he can't even wipe his own butt when he goes to the bathroom. Is this normal? My DD is only 2 so we haven't reached that moment yet.

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robibuni

Asked by robibuni at 5:05 PM on Jun. 22, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • It depends on the child. My son couldn't wipe his own butt very good at 4. He was closer to 5 when he started doing that .
    JeremysMom

    Answer by JeremysMom at 5:06 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • My DS is almost SEVEN and still can't do it well... I keep the flush-able wipes for him to use. DD is 3 and still needs some help as well. I figure she tha tis 'normal' DS does haev some developmental delays...
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 5:07 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • yea my son still has a lil bit of a problem with that but not too bad...he's almost 5. I would say just depends...
    YerMami24

    Answer by YerMami24 at 5:07 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • some kids at that age have a hard time. My 3 yr old wipes her own.. my 3 yr old niece which will be four tomorrow does not.. depends on the kid
    chrstny88

    Answer by chrstny88 at 5:07 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • My daughter is 5 and has just started to wipe her own butt not very good tho....it seems her arms are to short to reach
    momand4kids

    Answer by momand4kids at 5:10 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • Thanks ladies! Since we haven't made it to this age yet with my DD, I didn't know if this was normal, or if I should be charging more for a special needs kid! (He IS a lot of work, but still)
    robibuni

    Comment by robibuni (original poster) at 5:11 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • My ds is almost five and has a really hard time wiping. we still make him try ..... when he is clean though.
    Terra24

    Answer by Terra24 at 5:13 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • Yeah my 3 and 4 year old have issues with wiping their butt. I think at that age they dont realize the importance of it and are in a rush to go back and play. I have known some grown adult men with the same issues though. lol
    missthang42001

    Answer by missthang42001 at 5:15 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • not sure both my kids 6 and 3 have been wiping for sometime now. Niether one of them tells me when they have to go potty they just go. They have been like this ever since they were potty trained. My oldest was 19 months and my youngest at 21 months. So both of them were about 2 when they started not telling me they had to go potty and just going so which means they wiped there own butts
    mommy5409

    Answer by mommy5409 at 5:19 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

  • Not if you want it clean, when they poop they can't see & reach back there too good, so with my children when they were little i always went behind them and wiped their butts again & got what they left. lol
    Honda309

    Answer by Honda309 at 5:24 PM on Jun. 22, 2011

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