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How is encopresis diagnosed?

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Encopresis is when a child, usually over age 4, repeatedly poops in their clothes. Your pediatrician will ask for your child's medical history, toilet training history, diet, lifestyle, habits, medications, and behavior. The doctor also do a physical exam, including checking the colon, rectum, and bottom. With a gloved finger, the doctor may feel for any stool inside your child and check that the muscles in their bottom work right.

From: Encopresis WebMD Medical Reference

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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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