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Infantile encopresis or involuntary defecation, despite being more unknown than enuresis or urinary incontinence, is a disease that, although it may be the cause of a digestive problem, is usually related to emotional problems.
It is a rare disease that affects more boys than girls older than 4 years and consists of fecal incontinence, something that may or may not be caused on purpose by the child.
Children with fecal incontinence are usually children with a stomach transit close to constipation. The poop accumulates in the colon creating a retention of stool through which other liquid stools pass, which are the ones that evacuate spontaneously and without control, something that can occur both day and night.
The problem can have several origins, such as the fact that the child has not received adequate toilet training or that training in toilet training began too early, but in most cases the problem is caused by emotional or behavioral disorders .
Not being able to hold back the poop until reaching the bathroom, having constipation or the evacuation of many stools in a single stool are two of the most physical symptoms, but it is also necessary to consider if the child keeps his involuntary bowel movements secretly in places inappropriate like underwear.
The best treatment for the problem of fecal incontinence in children is understanding, since punishing the child for it will only lead to making the problem bigger. In addition, try to create a routine and prevent constipation through food or medicine. Laxatives, stool softeners, a diet rich in fiber or taking liquid petroleum jelly are physical treatments that can help control the problem, but if this is not enough, you should go to a doctor who specializes in stomach problems to find the best solution in the particular case of our son.
In addition, going to a child psychologist should also be taken into account to prevent feelings of guilt and shame in the child, as well as low self-esteem.
Diego Fernandez. Editor of our site
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