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What is the best way to prevent 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. The best way to avoid this condition is to prevent constipation, which can make passing stool painful and leads your child to hold on to it. Feed your child plenty of fiber through vegetables, fruits, and whole grain breads and cereals. Make sure your child drinks enough water and stays active. Follow a regular schedule for sitting on the toilet. After a meal is the best time for this.

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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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