Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Thalia | 2010-01-14

Q.

Nearly 7 yr old and soiled panty

Hi Doc

My girl is 7 in March - and either daily or every other day her panty has brown streaks on it. It can be just a dot, but other times I have thrown the panty away. Her bowel movements are soft enough when they happen and her tummy seems to move often enough. (Shd it move daily by the way?) I take care to wipe her properly and have tried to teach her how to wipe herself. What could be the cause of the constant ' leaks' ? She is otherwise a very happy and active girl. Should I adjust her diet somehow? Is this sort of thing ever psychological?

Secondly could you advise as to the correct bedtime for a child her age? School starts at 07h30.

tnx

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your daughter's problem is called encopresis. This is very often a psychological problem in this age group. It is possible that her diet contains too much fruit and fruit juice,but this is unlikely to be the main cause of her encopresis. She should be seen by a child psychologist.
It is difficult to advise bedtimes for children because every child is different.Your daughter starts school early so she probably should be in bed and asleep by 8pm.

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