Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Amina | 2009-09-07

Q.

Bowel incontinence-Please help

My twelve year old son appears to be suffering from bowel incontinence. His condition seems to be worstening. He says that he cannot feel when he has a bowel movement. He used to suffer from exteme constipation at least once or twice a year when he was growing up. I would like to know whether this could be the cause of the incontinence. I originally did not query this problem as I assumed that he was just being naughty. After resurching it today, I discovered that he actually has a condition. I would also like to know how this problem should be approched so as to be the least embarrassing to my son. Should he go to the hospital first or to a psycologist? Please help.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This problem is known as encopresis. It is almost always a psychological problem and your son must be seen by a clinical psychologist. He is 12 years old and this is a real problem at his age.

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