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What causes encopresis?

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This is a condition when a child repeatedly poops in their underwear past the age of toilet training. The most common cause is constant constipation, when the child doesn't pass stool regularly or has pain when they do it. Over time, the child may hold bowel movements to avoid the pain. When this becomes a habit, poop can collect in the lower intestine, or colon, and stretch it out. The child slowly loses the natural urge to poop. That can lead looser stool to leak past the harder, more solid stool and out the child's bottom.

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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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