My Daughter Doesn’t Wipe After Peeing | What Do I Do?

Last Updated on April 24, 2023

I have a confession to make. My daughter still doesn’t wipe after peeing. I know; it’s pretty embarrassing. But what should I do? She’s almost 5 years old and still hasn’t mastered the art of properly wiping herself after using the toilet.

Obviously, this is causing some hygiene issues for her – and for me too, since I have to clean up the messes she makes. If you’re in a similar situation, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips on how to get your child to start wiping properly after using the toilet. We’ll also talk about the potential consequences of not wiping properly and how to avoid them.

My Daughter Doesn't Wipe After Peeing | What Do I Do?

My Daughter Still Doesn’t Wipe After Peeing. What Do I Do?

First and foremost, you have to potty train your daughter. Sometimes, it can be tough to potty train a child, especially when teaching them how to wipe properly. Some kids just don’t seem to get the hang of it, no matter how much you try to help them.

If your daughter is still in the process of potty training, then make sure to be patient with her. It takes time for some kids to learn how to wipe themselves properly after using the toilet.

In the meantime, you can try to help her by wetting a piece of toilet paper and wiping her bottom after she goes pee. This will at least help keep her clean until she gets the hang of it herself.

Once your daughter is fully potty trained, you can start teaching her how to wipe properly. The first thing you need to do is show her the proper way to wipe herself.

Get down on the floor and demonstrate how to do it yourself. Use a piece of toilet paper or a wet wipe to pretend to wipe your own bottom. Show her how to do it front to back, and make sure your daughter understands that she needs to wipe until the paper or wipe comes away clean.

After you’ve shown her how to do it:

  1. Let her try it herself.
  2. If she doesn’t do it correctly, don’t get angry with her.
  3. Just calmly show her how to do it again and let her try once more.

It might take a few tries, but eventually she’ll get the hang of it.

What if my daughter is potty trained and doesn’t wipe after peeing?

If your child is potty trained and still not wiping properly after peeing or not following the bathroom etiquette, there are a few things you can do to try and help them out.

– First, make sure that they are using toilet paper that is soft and absorbent. If the paper is too rough, she may not want to use it.

– Show them how to do it properly. Sometimes, all it takes is a little demonstration. Get down on their level and show them how to wipe from front to back. This will help to avoid any potential infections.

– Then, tell them to do it themselves before you. And encourage them to do it whenever they use the toilet.

– Reward them for doing it correctly. This could be in the form of a sticker or a small treat.

– Sometimes, the fear factor works. If your child is old enough to understand, have her smell the stinging sensation of unwiped underwear and explain the consequences of not wiping properly (e.g. getting a UTI). I know it’s really gross, but hopefully something clicks with her after that once she smelled how bad it was for herself.

– Lastly, be patient! It takes time for some kids to learn how to do this properly. Keep working with them and eventually, they’ll get it.

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Is it important for kids to wipe after they pee?

Yes, it is always important to wipe after using the restroom. This helps keep you clean and free of any bacteria that could cause an infection. Wiping also helps to prevent any bad odors from developing.

However, it’s not the end of the world if your child doesn’t wipe properly after using the toilet. Just make sure to have a talk with them about the importance of wiping and proper hygiene.

Children often don’t have the same perspective adults do when it comes to cleanliness- they judge it based on how their peers react to them. Usually, a comment from another child is enough for them to become proactive about cleanliness again.

When I was younger, I didn’t think too much about personal hygiene. It was just a daily routine that had to be done. If you’re looking for ideas, try sitting with her and brushing her hair together or making toothbrushing fun by turning it into a game.

As for the wiping, I’d let it go. I’ve had experience taking care of plenty of kids who didn’t wipe for a while, and without adult involvement, the situation always resolved itself.

What Happens When a Girl Doesn’t Wipe After Peeing?

There are a few potential consequences of not wiping properly after peeing. These are:

Possibility of infection:

If you don’t clean your vagina after urination, you’re at risk of developing a bacterial infection. Even after going to the bathroom, some urine remains in the pubes and can later fall into your underwear. This could cause harmful bacteria to grow and lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI).

Irritation and rashes:

Not wiping properly can also cause irritation and rashes. Urine is acidic, and if it’s left on the skin for extended periods of time, it can cause redness, itchiness, and even pain.

Form into the habit:

Not wiping after peeing can also lead to bad habits that can be hard to break. If a child gets used to not wiping properly, they may continue this behavior into adulthood – which obviously isn’t ideal.

Should I force my daughter to wipe after peeing?

Should I force my daughter to wipe after peeing?

While it’s natural to worry about our children, over-focusing on an issue can often make the problem worse. In this case, your daughter likely doesn’t have any hair yet to catch urine, so there’s no need to fret too much. This will resolve itself as she gets older.

Dr. Diane Arnaout says, “Don’t argue with your daughter about the matter. Just tell her she needs to do it or else she’ll get a rash. My daughter eventually started doing it without being told.

It’s also worth noting that many kids go through a phase where they don’t wipe properly or at all. This is usually because they’re trying to rebel against the rules or simply going through a lazy phase. Either way, it’s nothing to worry about too much – as long as they’re otherwise healthy and happy.

If you’re really concerned about the issue, talk to your daughter’s pediatrician. They can offer more specific advice on how to deal with the situation. Otherwise, just wait it out – she’ll eventually start wiping correctly on her own accord.

how to teach toddler girl to wipe after peeing: A Potty Training guide

These step-by-step instructions will help you teach your daughter to wipe properly:

Talk with your daughter about the importance of personal hygiene:

It’s important that your daughter understands why it is important. Take some time to sit down with her and explain the importance of keeping clean. This will help her understand why she needs to wipe properly after going to the bathroom.

Show her how to wipe correctly:

Once you’ve talked with your daughter about poor hygiene, it’s time to show her how to wipe properly. Take her into the bathroom and demonstrate how to do it. This will help her understand what she needs to do.

Encourage her to practice:

After you’ve shown your daughter how to wipe correctly, encourage her to practice. Let her know that you’re there to help if she needs it. This will help her feel more comfortable about the process.

Watch for signs of infection in your children:

Look for signs of infection in your children, such as redness, itchiness, or pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, take them to the doctor.

Wrapping up

Thanks for reading! We hope this blog post has been helpful in teaching you how to get your child to start wiping properly after using the toilet. Just remember to be patient and keep at it; eventually, she’ll get the hang of it.

If you have any potty training tips of your own or have any questions, feel free to share them in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading once again! I wish you and your family the best of health!

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Amy A. Vincent

Amy A. Vincent, a mother of three amazing children, has been sharing practical parenting insights and advice for the past four years and counting on her blog. With contributions from real healthcare professionals, she provides guidance on topics ranging from baby products to best practices in raising your children with confidence. Whether you’re interested in learning how to take care of them or making informed decisions about their well-being, this site offers comprehensive parental support that can help you raise happy and healthy kids! Read more

Dr. Leah Alexander

Dr. Leah Alexander is a board-certified general pediatrician and has been practicing pediatrics at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000. Since 2005, she has been working as an independently contracted pediatrician with Medical Doctors Associates at Pediatricare Associates of New Jersey. She also enjoys cooking outside of the medical profession. Read more

1 thought on “My Daughter Doesn’t Wipe After Peeing | What Do I Do?”

  1. I’ve tried all that and at nearly age 6, years after being potty trained and able to go to the bathroom independently, she still won’t wipe after a wee! I’m so frustrated and at my witts end. She often gets red sore cracked labia, smells and I’ve explained why she needs to do it, shown her, nagged her, praised and berated with no affect. This has been going on for over a year; what is her issue??


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