The Majority of Encopresis Cases Are Due to Constipation

A lot of children beyond the time of toilet training, who recurrently soil their underclothes, have a disorder identified as encopresis (also called soiling or fecal incontinence). They have a difficulty with their intestines that reduces the normal impulse to go to the bathroom and they cannot manage the accidents that usually follow.

Even though encopresis is speculated to distress 1 to 2 percent of children under the age of 10, problems with encopresis and constipation account for more than 20 percent of all visits to pediatric clinics.

The majority of encopresis cases are due to functional constipation and this type of constipation has no medical cause. The bowel movements are dry, hard and difficult to pass when a person is experiencing constipation. Many children hold the bowel movements to evade the discomfort they feel when they go to the bathroom, which provokes having a poop accident later on.

Disciplining or embarrassing a child with encopresis will only make matters worse. Instead, talk to your health practitioner. He can assist you and your son or daughter during this challenging but curable disorder.

Encopresis is treated by addressing the cause of the constipation and establishing easy, pain-free stools. Recommendations to follow:

  • Increase daily water intake.
  • Choose a high-fiber diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Cleanse the intestines by using an enema or a colon cleansing formula such as Poopdoc.
  • Reestablish the friendly bacteria in the gut.
  • Establish regular bowel habits.

Once the constipation is resolved, encopresis usually stops.

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