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Encopresis is a type of elimination disorder in which bowel movements are passed into places other than the toilet. Children with encopresis may have symptoms that include abdominal pain, watery stools, scratching the anal area or loss of appetite. Causes of encopresis may include a low-fiber diet, lack of exercise, fear of using unfamiliar bathrooms, or changes in bathroom routines. Treatment focuses on encouraging good bowel habits and preventing constipation.

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      • Constipation facts
      • What is constipation?
      • What causes constipation?
      • Medications that cause constipation
      • Other causes of constipation
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      • How is constipation evaluated (diagnosed)?
      • What treatments are available for constipation?
      • Home remedies and OTC medications to treat constipation
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      • Abdominal pain facts
      • What is abdominal pain?
      • What causes abdominal pain?
      • When should I call my doctor about abdominal pain?
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      • Signs and symptoms associated with abdominal pain
      • Physical examination to diagnose abdominal pain
      • Exams and tests to diagnose abdominal pain
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      • Stress facts
      • What is stress?
      • A brief history of stress
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      • Who is most vulnerable to stress?
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      Cerebral Palsy Article
      • Cerebral palsy facts
      • What is cerebral palsy?
      • What are causes of cerebral palsy?
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      • Bedwetting facts
      • What is bedwetting?
      • What are the types of bedwetting?
      • What is primary bedwetting?
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      • Is primary bedwetting due to emotional problems?
      • How is primary bedwetting treated?
      • How common is secondary bedwetting?
      • What causes secondary bedwetting?
      • How is the cause of secondary bedwetting diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for secondary bedwetting?
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