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Stool Soiling In Children

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Stool soiling is a common disorder among growing children both in boys and girls equally. It is a condition when a child is unable to hold stool and leaks out in underwear even after they have been potty trained. The problem is also called “encopresis” which usually occurs due to chronic constipation being an involuntary condition feces leaks in small quantity. The fecal soiling leaks with the loss of semi-formed or liquid stools which is usually smelly.
Children having constant constipation have painful bowel movement and sometimes incomplete emptying of stool which generally leaks out as result in the form of stool soiling. This disorder must be properly diagnosed with the time lest it can take chronic turn by giving rise to another bowel problem. If the soiling in the pants occurs more than twice in a day then your child needs to be treated properly.
Constipation related to stool soiling
Constipation is generally responsible for often stool soiling as constipation cause painful bowel movement which makes a child to hold stools making them worse. Thus the stool formed liquid or soft leaks through the anus, causing soiling of pants. However constipation in children is caused by bad eating habits, lacking high fiber food and lack of water or fluids. Read out the symptoms of constipation: abdominal pain and bloating, strain during bowel movement, tiredness, bed wet during day or night and reluctance to use toilet.
Main causes

  • Constipation
  • Improper potty training
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fear of going bathroom
  • Fatigue or sickness
  • Physical inactivity
  • Prolong sickness
Stool soiling usually happens due to above these causes but sometimes it is just a phase of life from which all children go through. However if the child keep soiling even after intimating toilet skills then you need to aware your child about using toilet for bowel movement.
Curing Encopresis
  • Before treating stool soiling, it is essential to know exact reasons of constipation in children as it is the most crucial cause of frequent encopresis.
  • Even psychological problems cause stool soiling in children rather than physical problem, so take your child to psychologist in order to treat the underlying causes of constipation leading to encopresis.
  • Keep vigilance over your child’s diet because constipation can only be treated with nutritious and high fiber diet followed by fluids. A probe into this matter whether your child eats or not is important in growing age as during this age children often are reluctant to eat food and prefer junk items.
  • Train your child pertaining to toilet manners, toilet training techniques and help him/her out if need during urinating or bowel emptying.
  • Keep asking your doctor for mild laxatives and supplement to help your child to pass stool properly and treating constipation.
  • Never discourage your child for stool soiling in his/her pants or make him/her feel guilty but motivating them to always use toilet in order to make it a habit would probably help.


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