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What causes constipation related to encopresis?

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Encopresis is when a child, usually aged 4 and older, repeatedly poops in their clothes. This sometimes starts after a child has a painful time passing stool because of constipation. They can get constipated if they don't eat enough fiber from vegetables, fruits, and whole grain foods. It also can be caused by not drinking enough fluids.

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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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