Posted by: Michelle | 2007/08/16


7 year old boy soiling his pants

My 7 year old boy started soiling his pants just over a year ago. I took him to a child pyschologist and she could not find anything wrong with him but could not explain this strange behaviour. I have tried all sorts of things to encourage him to stop, but the behaviour goes away for a while and then comes back. Could there be something physically wrong with him?


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This problem and it is certainly a problem is called encopresis. At your son's age it almost always has a psychological cause. It is worthwhile consulting a paediatrician first to make sure that he is not extremely constipated and the soiling is due to an overflow incontinence. If all is well at the paediatrician,your son will need to consult an experienced child psychologist.

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Posted by: Liezel | 2007/08/16

My 7 year old suffered from the same condition. In his case it was actually a physical problem. It was as if he had diaree once or twice a day and occasional stomach cramps. My docter advised that the condition is due to not enough time spend on the toilet, because there is always something more exiciting to do! And that he doesn't suffer from diaree but from constipation. His anal muscles gets lazy and he can not control the soiling in the pants. The doctor subscribed a once of clean up laxative (usually used before operations to clean the stomach) and then also a mild laxative to be used on a daily basis. Our problem was solved within a month and no further problems occured. My son also now realise the importance of spending enough time on the toilet on a daily basis.

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