In this Article
- What are elimination disorders?
- What are the symptoms of encopresis?
- What causes encopresis?
- How common is encopresis?
- How is encopresis diagnosed?
- How is encopresis treated?
- What other problems are associated with encopresis?
- What is the outlook for children with encopresis?
- Can encopresis be prevented?
- Find a local Pediatrician in your town
What Is the Outlook for Children With Encopresis?
Encopresis tends to get better as the child gets older, although the problem can come and go for years. The best results occur when all educational, behavioral, and emotional issues are addressed. A child may still have an occasional accident until he or she regains muscle tone and control over his or her bowel movements.
Can Encopresis Be Prevented?
Although it may not be possible to prevent encopresis, getting treatment as soon as symptoms appear may help reduce the frustration and distress, as well as the potential complications related to the disorder. In addition, being positive and patient with a child during toilet training may help prevent any fear or negative feelings about using the toilet.
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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on June 04, 2012
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