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Why would an 8 year old boy poop his pants?

Why would an 8 year old boy poop his pants?

Parents might assume that kids who soil their pants are misbehaving or too lazy to use the bathroom when they have the urge to go. But many kids beyond the age of toilet teaching (generally older than 4 years) who soil their underwear have a condition known as encopresis (en-kah-PREE-sis).

How do I know if my 8 year old is constipated?

Signs and symptoms of constipation in children may include:

  • Less than three bowel movements a week.
  • Bowel movements that are hard, dry and difficult to pass.
  • Pain while having a bowel movement.
  • Stomach pain.
  • Traces of liquid or pasty stool in your child’s underwear — a sign that stool is backed up in the rectum.

How can I help my 8 year old with constipation?

If you believe your child is constipated, Webb lists safe and easy options to help get quick relief at home:

  1. Juice (pear, white grape and prune). The recommendation for juice is 4 ounces or less per day.
  2. Abdominal massage.
  3. Increased water intake (for children older than 1).
  4. Increased fiber.
  5. Increased Opportunities.

Does encopresis go away on its own?

While encopresis is a chronic and complex problem amongst many families, it is treatable. As a parent, it is important to be aware that there is no quick fix for encopresis, the process might take months and relapse is very common.

How to help an 8 year old with constipation?

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When do you Know Your Child has constipation?

Constipation is when a child has very hard stools, and has fewer bowel movements than he or she normally does. It is a very common GI (gastrointestinal) problem. Signs that a child has constipation include: Having fewer bowel movements than normal.

What causes constipation in children outside of home?

Causes. Changes in routine. Any changes in your child’s routine — such as travel, hot weather or stress — can affect bowel function. Children are also more likely to experience constipation when they first start school outside of the home.

What to do if your child is constipated and soiling their clothes?

A GP may advise that your child keeps taking laxatives for a while to make sure their poo stays soft enough to push out regularly. Getting constipated and soiling their clothes is not something your child is doing on purpose, so there’s no reason to get cross with them.