encopresis

Treat Encopresis Naturally

Encopresis, fecal incontinence in children, affects a fair percentage of kids after their toilet training years, mostly between  four and twelve. It can also affect the elderly and the mentally ill. It is predominantly seen in children who have a history of constipation which affects both their desire to pass stools on the toilet and their ability to recognize that they need to have a bowel movement as the nerves and muscles become damaged and worn out. Many children will become used to the smell associated with encopresis and stop noticing when these ‘accidents’ occur. Children who suffer from encopresis need treatment as the constipation will eventually become an impaction that requires medical care to remove.

 

How do I know if I my child has encopresis?

  • Poop or liquid stool in the underwear when your child isn’t ill
  • Hard poop or pain during bowel movements
  • Toilet stopping bowel movements
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite

 

How do I prevent encopresis?

The best way to prevent encopresis is to be aware of your child’s bowel movements and toilet habits. If they are prone to constipation or painful bowel movements be proactive with fiber and keep them hydrated to help form softer stools that are passed more easily.

Never blame your child for an accident. In the case of encopresis they cannot help it.

 

How can I treat encopresis?

  • Be patient. Encopresis is not caused by laziness or behavior problems and your child needs you to be patient with them as they struggle with this.
  • Marshmallow root helps to make stools moister and softer.
  • Encourage your child to eat yogurt with probiotics and a teaspoon of olive oil in the morning. Probiotics help keep damaged intestines working and the olive oil helps to stimulate bile production which will help pass stools.
  • Remove allergy-related foods such as dairy and gluten for a month to give the body time to recover. Slowly add them back in, one at a time, and eliminate any immediately that cause problems.
  • Work on building good bathroom habits. Set up toilet times after meals to help them.
  • Give them a footstool to help get into a position that is comfortable.
  • Remind your child to drink, drink, drink. Water, fruit juice, anything but milk as dairy can lead to constipation and digestive problems.
  • Offer foods made with whole wheat flour, raisins, prunes and pureed apples to up their fiber intake.
  • Add a little bit of bran to each of their meals.
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