If your child had bowel incontinence, how was it treated?
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What about bowel incontinence in children?
In children, fecal incontinence (also called
encopresis) is often due to
chronic constipation and overflow incontinence or diarrhea. By definition, there
should be at least one inappropriate bowel movement per month for at least three
months in a child older than age 4 years. The incontinence usually happens
during the day and not at night.
Most often, the diagnosis is made by history and physical examination by the
health care professional and further testing is not needed.
Treatment is directed at developing a more routine bowel evacuation schedule
and may require changes in diet, behavior modification, and the addition of stool