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How long does it take to treat 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. It’s usually treated with medication to flush out the stool and with behavior training. Treatment should last until your child stops holding back their stool and forms a regular and reliable schedule for bowel movements. This usually takes at least several months. Generally younger kids need more time than older children.

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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