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  Stinky school toilets are making kids ill
Updated 23 January 2003, 13.38
Some school kids are staying away from toilets
Everyone knows school toilets are pretty horrible places to go to, but now it seems they could make you ill.

They are so bad, more than half of boys and a third of girls kids even avoid using them completely, say researchers.

Many blame the condition of the loos and the fact bullies like to hang out in them.

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Old door locks failing
'Bogwashing' where heads are forced into toilets and flushed
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But not going to toilet when you need to is really bad. If you hold it in, it can cause all sorts of health problems that can hurt you later in your life, like bladder infections.

The researchers compared what kids in the UK and those in Sweden thought of the toilets in their schools.

Health specialists in other European countries suggest problems with school toilets is something affecting the entire continent.

It's not the first time school toilets have caused a stink. Last year, CBBC Newsround reported that bad toilets were the number one complaint for Welsh school pupils.

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