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8 yr. old girl pooping pants still
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Anon_233472 posted:
My 8 yr old daughter is still having potty issues. I keep finding poop streaked panties hidden inn her room and in the laudry. Some days are worse than others. The pediatrician said she will grow out of it. Yeah right I dont see that happening on its own. So what do I do? She says she cant hold it and wont explain to me other wise why she does it. She has been through a lot of changes in her life but none that I would think would cause this. Should I take her to a psychiatrist or another pediatrician? Please help.
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momuv4girls responded:
Here is a great article to read http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=Problems With Soiling and Bowel Control&section=Facts for Families

Each child is unique and you just don't quite know how they will respond to different environmental stressors. Some children plug along fine and don't require a lot of emotional/psychological help, other children are super sensitive to their environment.
As a parent, we need to know when enough is enough and seek help, and you reaching out and asking is great.

Do some research, look into the article I sent and get some help for your little girl.

Take care, and all the best to you both!
-Kathleen
 
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njbakken responded:
My 11-yr-old son has had this same problem for years. It's called encopresis. The only solution we found that works is MiraLAX. He gets 1/2 the adult dose before bed and then we make him go to the bathroom first thing when he gets up in the morning. The MiraLAX makes him go all at once instead of multiple times in small amounts throughout the day. After dealing with this since he was 5, I know how frustrating it is. MiraLAX has been a savior for us. Best of luck to you.
 
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fenwaymutha responded:
My son had this problem; it was a nightmare as no one seemed to know what to do about it. It is nice to see that the info here on Web md is accurate. The treatments suggested however are not complete in my opinion, and some can cause their own problems as laxatives can create dependency issues.
My son suffered with this problem for about 3 years, until I spoke to the RN at his new school about the necessity of him being able to go to the bathroom when he felt the urge. We discussed the problem and she shared that her son had the same issue and that what worked for him was putting a tablespoon of mineral oil into his juice everyday for approximately 1 year. We did it and it worked like a charm. The side effects from constant use of mineral oil is a depletion of minerals. So we have supplemented his mineral content for the past few years. He is 15 and has suffered no ill effects of the treatment, 9 years ago, except for maybe my own stress during his challenge.
If I had to do this again, I would try different types of oil first- starting with coconut oil, as it has so many health benefits, and will not taste bad. Mineral oil would be my last resort, before the laxatives. -- The oil has the benefit of working before the problem starts, you know.
 
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NatZig replied to njbakken's response:
I am dealing with this also with my son who is almost 5. This has been an on-going battle and SO frustrating. He has had problems with this since he was born. Until we started him on miralax this last fall he would never poop. We had been to the dr and even a specialist with no answers. We eventually just had to use enemas to get it out. What a nightmare! Now that hes on miralax he is finally going but we have to tell him to go. Hes been having "marks" in his underwear and doesnt seem to ever have the urge. Im getting worried cuz he is supposed to start kindergarten inthe fall but im worried he will get teased or embarrassed if this still continues. Do you have any advice on what i should do or what you did once your son started school? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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