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Treatment for chronic constipation and fecal incontinence can depend on many different factors, including the possibility of underlying conditions, psychosocial problems and neurological disorders. 

When a bowel management program fails to work, surgery may be the best option. Deciding if surgery is right for your child is a personal choice. As with any treatment and surgery, there is always the possibility for symptoms to continue, but in most cases, bowel function can be successfully restored. However, surgical techniques to treat functional constipation continues to advance and the prognosis for these children continues to improve.

What are the initial medical therapies for chronic constipation?

How do you treat a child who is soiling because they have loose stools?

What foods can I serve my child if they are constipated or have loose stools?

What are non-surgical techniques to treat constipation?

Which patients should begin the treatment of their constipation with enemas?

How much enema solution should be used?

What does a typical bowel management program or “bootcamp” look like?

What is a typical follow-up plan for children who have been treated at a bowel management program?