A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl was hospitalised with constipation after a school’s strict toilet paper policy left her too afraid to use the loo.
Pupils at Kitchener Road Primary in Cardiff aren’t provided with paper in cubicles – but instead must take what they need from a single tissue dispenser in a public area before going in.
Mum Fahmin Khanum says her daughter was admitted to hospital for three days with horrific stomach pains, eventually diagnosed as constipation.
“She was not clearing her bowels properly in school because of the toilet paper policy. It was a traumatic experience,” Fahmin, 32, told Wales Online.
“My daughter is quite independent from going to day nurseries before starting school in September and she was potty trained at two and half and had not had problems before.”
‘IT’S ABOUT DIGNITY’
Fahmin only realised the source of the issue at a parents’ evening last week.
“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.
“I spoke to the head teacher and she told me it was so that children don’t block the toilets using too much toilet paper.
“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 per cent.”
It’s a health and safety issue impacting on children’s welfare and it’s awful for the children’s dignity.
Mother Fahmin Khanum
Fahmin says her daughter had now become so anxious using the toilet that she had soiled herself at least once at school.
“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.
“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.”
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The school has now now performed a U-turn in the wake of the complaint.
A spokeswoman said: “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.”