Encopresis: What Doctors Get Wrong

Little is more traumatizing for a kid than having poop accidents. My patients who struggle with bedwetting and pee accidents, at least those over age 4, tend to be distressed by the accidents, but it’s my encopresis patients who suffer the most. These kids are often teased by their peers, shamed and blamed by adults who believe they’re “doing it for attention,” referred to therapists who can’t help, subjected to useless treatments, or left untreated. Their frustrated parents suffer, too. As one mom described, “I saw my daughter withdraw from goofing around, especially roughhousing with her daddy and brothers. She was always afraid she smelled and would shy away from affection. It broke my he

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