Help for Kids Who Are Afraid of Automatic Flushers in Public Bathrooms

For quite some time, my daughter has been afraid of public toilets that automatically flush. I always thought it was connected to a flood we had in our bathroom upstairs, when she was younger. Today I read in the New York Times that this is a common fear in young kids. I guess it makes sense, considering all the noise a toilet can make. I imagine, from the point of view of a kid, there could be a sense of a loss of control. All of a sudden, the toilet bowl is flushing – when you didn’t choose to flush it!

Well, it turns out that there’s a simple fix if your child suffers from this fear. All you have to do is keep Post-it notes handy. When you enter a restroom that has automatically flushing toilets, you simply cover the sensor with a post-it note. Then it won’t automatically flush until you get rid of the note.

Sometimes the simple solutions in life work best!

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3 Responses to “Help for Kids Who Are Afraid of Automatic Flushers in Public Bathrooms”

  1. Bonita Says:

    Wow, what a great idea. My three year old has sensitive hearing and even with normal public toilets wants to be out of the cubicle before I flush and the automatic flush toilets are so much louder. I will be carrying post-its from now on.

  2. Sheryl Says:

    my 6yr old has never liked to use auto flush toilets. She will like this idea!

  3. Barbara Says:

    The Flush-Stopper mentioned in the article works good too. Much easier than post-its, in my opinion. And for $3, will last forever. website is at

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