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There are children who do not control poop so easily. Difficulty controlling poop or repeated evacuation of stool in inappropriate places, when the child is over 4 years old, it is technically known under the name "encopresis".
This occurs less often than with peeing, but it does happen to some children. It is estimated that between 0.7% and 2.3% of children do not control it. On our site we offer you a series of tips to help your child control poop.
The difficulty to control poop usually decreases with age until it disappears, in adolescence it is very rare. Many times this problem solves itself. But it is often associated with a lack of pee control as well.
Based on the latest research, it can be said that it is more common in males (3/4 boys for every girl who suffers from this difficulty).
Stool deposition in inappropriate places can be done involuntarily or voluntarily. Normally, when it is done on a voluntary basis, it is related to an emotional and / or behavioral problem, so professional help should be sought.
We must differentiate two types of encopresis or difficulty to control poop depending on the course that this problem has followed:
- Primary encopresis: The boy or girl from birth has not controlled poop at any time.
- Secondary encopresis: Since birth, the child has controlled poop for long periods of time (between 6 and 12 months) but for some reason has stopped doing so.
We must differentiate two types of encopresis or difficulty to control poop based on whether or not there is a problem of constipation:
- Retentive encopresis: Also known as overflow encopresis. The child has had long periods of retention of poop. Stool is produced in the underwear by overflowing.
- Non-retentive encopresis: There is no medical problem with constipation and therefore no overflow incontinence.
The most common form is retentive encopresis (between 80-90% of cases).
Here are some tips that can help your child avoid pooping:
1- When there is a constipation problem it is necessary to see a doctor family to assess the possibility of using glycerin suppositories, enemas, or laxatives.
2- Sometimes, it is necessary increasing fluid intake and fiber intake in the diet by taking more fruits and vegetables.
3- Encourage the child to go to the bathroom regularly to poop, preferably after main meals (especially after breakfast), always at the same time and for a period of about 10-15 minutes.
4- Positively reinforce every time you meet the rule of going to the bathroom and sitting on the toilet for 10-15 minutes regardless of whether you pooped or not.
5- Teach the boy or girl to clean up if you poop on it, to remove the clothes that have been soiled and to take them to the washing machine.
6- Animate, without of course humiliating the boy or the girl, to clean up if something has gotten dirty in the bathroom, on the bed, or anywhere else.
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