Encopresis

Encopresis is a condition in which a child has poor control over bowel movements and may have accidents in his or her underwear.

The person may not even notice the soiling.

Encopresis is present if a child age 4 or older has involuntary bowel movements in inappropriate places at least once a month for 3 months or more.

Last Updated: November 3, 2008

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics

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