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    amberweeks205 posted:
    My 11 year old son has recently started just pooping himself and its everyday and multiple times a day and at one time he told me he was constipated and afraid to poop i gave him some laxatives and he said its not big anymore and i asked him why he does it its the same answer everytime he says he doesnt know well i told him i know it doesnt just fall out can anyone help out pls
     
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    momuv4girls responded:
    Hi,

    I'm sorry - this must be very frustrating for you and your son.

    There is a condition called, Encopresis.
    The information below is taken from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,
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    Some of the reasons for soiling are:
    • problems during toilet training
    • physical disabilities, which make it hard for the child to clean him/herself
    • physical condition, for example chronic constipation, Hirschprung's Disease
    • family or emotional problems
    Soiling which is not caused by a physical illness or disability is called encopresis. Children with encopresis may have other problems, such as short attention span, low frustration tolerance, hyperactivity and poor coordination. Occasionally, the problem with soiling starts with a stressful change in the child's life, such as the birth of a sibling, separation/divorce of parents, family problems, or a move to a new home or school. Encopresis is more common in boys than in girls.
    Although most children with soiling do not have a physical condition, they should have a complete physical evaluation by a family physician or pediatrician. If no physical causes are found, or if problems continue, the next step is an evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist. The child and adolescent psychiatrist will review the results of the physical evaluation and then decide whether emotional problems are contributing to the encopresis.
    Encopresis can be treated with a combination of educational, psychological and behavioral methods. Most children with encopresis can be helped, but progress can be slow and extended treatment may be necessary. Early treatment of a soiling or bowel control problem can help prevent and reduce social and emotional pain for the child and family.
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    What to do?

    Punishing or humiliating a child with encopresis will only make matters worse. Instead, talk to your son's doctor, who can help you and your child through this challenging but treatable problem.


    Take care, and wishing you all the best!!
    -Kathleen


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