Encopresis - anyone familar with this - page 3

I believe my son has this after doing some research last night. He is 3 1/2 and pees very good on the potty but we have had many problems with him soiling in his pants. After reading about... Read More

  1. by   studentdeb
    Quote from kids-r-fun
    They heal as long as they are not being over stretched by large hard stool, the patients I have seen who developed them were place on stool softeners & diets that kept the stool soft.
    I looked at stool softeners today but don't know what to buy. They all seem to come in capsule form. How do you give this to a 3 year old? I am definitely working on the diet, but my son does not eat well and makes it very difficult.

    I can most certainly tell the difference though in his mood and attitude when he is cleaned out. Today he was fun loving, running around the house, not crabby. When he is uncomfortable, he is crabby, cries alot, does not want to play, wants to watch more TV. The TV was only on for a short time in the evening today. I really want to make this better for him and the rest of us.

    Thanks for all your advice.
  2. by   kids
    Docusate (generic) is probably the most common stool softener and comes in a liquid, you might ask your pharmasist as it may be a presctiption item.
  3. by   studentdeb
    Took my son to the regular doctor yesterday for a follow-up. I asked to be referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist. You can tell they hate doing referrals. I told him I know my son and I know what he is doing. I told him I don't want this going on until he's older and that I know he's not afraid of the toilet etc. He wants to be trying using mineral oil for a few weeks and if that doesn't help improve his condition to call his office and tell him it isn't any better and he will give the referal. He said this is mostly a behavior thing but I want someone who is much more experienced with this and you can tell that this doctor is not.

    So I will wait the few weeks, give him the mineral oil (that will be fun) and see what happens.
  4. by   nurseiam
    My daughter has encoprisis. She is now 12 and usually only has problems when she has stress. But she started very similar to your son, just kept having accidents. Finally when she was 8/9 she went to a gasto. She had severe GERD, lactose intolerance and was inpacted. It was heck. She had to do milk/molassess enemas, go litely. It was horrible. Toilet retraining worked well, she was also on Murilax and a high fiber diet that helped. Sometimes I still have to remaind her that she has to actually spend a little time on the toilet. But I have to agree with the first person that commented....when things start immpacting telling her she might have to get another enrma usually cures the problem. Its not a threat it is a reality.
  5. by   studentdeb
    Thanks everyone for all your advice and comments. I wanted to give an update on my son. He seems to be on the right track. We never made it to the Gastro doctor because he started having semi-regular bowel movements, although in his pants, I didnt' care, just was happy he was going.

    It has been a few weeks since he has gone in his pants now and tells me that he has to go and goes right to the toilet and goes. He goes almost daily now. He has also learned to pee standing so maybe that helped him.

    The wierd part is my daughter started to have "skidmarks" in her underwear just around the time he stopped. But I think we might be past that now. I think it was an attention thing with her.

    So for now, we are doing well and hopefully we will not have any reaccurrances.

    Thanks again