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How is a suppository used to treat severe encopresis?

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Encopresis is a condition when a child past the age of toilet training constantly poops in their clothes. It happens when the child loses the natural urge to pass stool, which can collect in the colon. A suppository is a tablet or capsule that goes into your child’s bottom. The medicine can stimulate the rectum to start a bowel movement, or it can soften the stool by drawing water from elsewhere in the body. Your child may need to use a suppository for several days to completely empty the colon.

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American Academy of Pediatrics.

American College of Gastroenterology.

UpToDate.com: "Chronic functional constipation and fecal incontinence in infants and children: Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 10, 2019

SOURCE:

American Academy of Pediatrics.

American College of Gastroenterology.

UpToDate.com: "Chronic functional constipation and fecal incontinence in infants and children: Treatment."

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 10, 2019

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