Girl, 4, Suffers Severe Constipation Because Of School's 'No Toilet Paper In Cubicle' Policy

Girl, 4, Suffers Severe Constipation Because Of School's 'No Toilet Paper In Cubicle' Policy

Her mother revealed that she was suffering from such bad anxiety that she even refuses to use the restroom during school hours.

The mother of a 4-year-old who had to be hospitalized due to severe constipation claims that that school's toilet paper policy had left her kid too scared to use the loo.

32-year-old Fahmin Khanum revealed that her poor daughter was suffering from such bad anxiety that she could not use the restroom to relieve herself during school hours. Slamming Kitchener Road Primary in Cardiff, the human resources manager said that the school does not place toilet paper rolls in the students' toilet cubicles.

In fact, children aged 4 to 11 have been instructed to carry the required toiletries, including a  single tissue dispenser before using the washroom. 

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In case the children need more, they have to go out again, reports Wales Online. This unhygienic and revolting practice put in place by school means that some children have soiled themselves, while others are too anxious to use the loo, said Khanum.

Sharing her daughter's traumatic ordeal, Khanum continued that her 4-year-old had to be rushed to the University Hospital of Wales, last month after experiencing excruciating stomach pains.

Eventually, the paramedics diagnosed the young girl with constipation, a condition she had never experienced before. "She was not clearing her bowels properly in school because of the toilet paper policy. It was a traumatic experience," said Khanum, whose daughter remained in the hospital for three days. 



"My daughter is quite independent from going to day nurseries before starting school in September and she was potty trained at two and a half and had not had problems before," shared the distressed mother.

She was made aware of the root of her daughter's recent health issue last week, after attending parents' evening at the school situated in Kitchener Road, Canton. Apparently her child, who is in the reception class, was worried about not taking enough paper into the cubicle and thus wasn't relieving herself completely at school.

"At parents’ evening I went to the toilet and there was a single tissue dispenser and my daughter counted out five sheets and went to the toilet. There are no tissue dispensers in the cubicles," recalled Khanum.

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After witnessing her daughter do this, she decided to confront her teacher about this gross issue. "I spoke to the headteacher and she told me it was so that children don’t block the toilets using too much toilet paper," said the mother.

"My daughter was not clearing her bowels properly in school because of the toilet paper policy. This caused her to end up in hospital 100%," claimed the mother.

"Last Monday when I went to collect my daughter the teacher told me she had soiled herself," said Khanum who is worried about her daughter who is now anxious to even use the loo at home. "You can imagine you run out of toilet paper and you know you might need to take your pants down and go to the public area and go back in, or pull you pants back up and soil yourself going out to get more paper."

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"This is what happened to my daughter and she then had to go and tell a teacher in front of other children that she had soiled herself. This is not just about my daughter, it’s about all the children. It’s a health and safety issue impacting on children’s welfare and it’s awful for the children’s dignity," she added.

A human resources advisor at Cartrefi Cymru Co-operative, Fahmin and her husband have since sent a formal letter of complaint addressed to the school's headteacher Ruth Jackson.

Following this complaint, the school reviewed its policy. A spokeswoman for the school stated, "We have reviewed our policy and will soon be installing dispensers in all our cubicles. We will be contacting parents shortly to let them know of the change."

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