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Posted by: Zee | 2012/01/22

Son''s weird behaviour

My 10 year old son passed stool in his facecloth while in the bath because as he says he was too lazy to go the toilet &  two weeks prior I found a stool in his bedding. Why would he do this &  hide it, instead of disposing of it or just sitting on the toilet as he should? I am baffled.

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Sounds like what gets called Encopresis, though 10 is a bit old for that. Its not simply laziness, of course, as there are many occasions and placwes when he does NOT do this, and apparently he is not bed-wetting, so is well able to visit the toilet when that is needed. It is usually a sign of a child who is for some reason feeling distressed and over-whelmed, and a child psychologist or child psychiatrist would be the best person to assess him and, one might say, get to the bottom of this, and help him stop this.
There are some children who have greatly delayed the achievement of remaining contiinent, who may have physical problems causing that, but if he has been fully in control of his bowels before this, his regression to the stage at which he wasn't able to do so signls distress of some sort.
Has anything significant changed in his life, recently ?

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Posted by: Zee | 2012/01/24

Thank you for the reply. He has been in control of his bowels. His sister starting high school is the only change in the household.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/01/22

Sounds like what gets called Encopresis, though 10 is a bit old for that. Its not simply laziness, of course, as there are many occasions and placwes when he does NOT do this, and apparently he is not bed-wetting, so is well able to visit the toilet when that is needed. It is usually a sign of a child who is for some reason feeling distressed and over-whelmed, and a child psychologist or child psychiatrist would be the best person to assess him and, one might say, get to the bottom of this, and help him stop this.
There are some children who have greatly delayed the achievement of remaining contiinent, who may have physical problems causing that, but if he has been fully in control of his bowels before this, his regression to the stage at which he wasn't able to do so signls distress of some sort.
Has anything significant changed in his life, recently ?

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