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Pediatric Encopresis

Key points about encopresis

  • Encopresis is when a child accidentally leaks stool into his or her underwear. It is also called stool soiling.
  • It happens to children ages 4 and older who have already been toilet trained.
  • It's most often because of long-term (chronic) constipation.
  • Encopresis can cause both physical and emotional problems.
  • It can be very embarrassing for your child.
  • It can be helped with diet and lifestyle changes, and medicines.
  • Encopresis presents challenges for the family. Coordinating care among professionals in the school and medical community is important for recovery

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