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Help my 11 yr old with fecal incontinence

I have an 11yr old son and for the last several years he has had problems with fecal incontinence. I took him to a GI specialist and they said it was caused from constipation and said he needed to retrain his self to use the bathroom so for over a year we tried a potty schedule a timer to have him sit on the potty for 10 minutes after he ate. I've tried everything to no avail, he says he can't feel when he has to go and it's becoming a problem at school and at 11 yrs old he can't continue with this the other kids are starting to bully him so what could be wrong?
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replied October 28th, 2016
Welcome to e health forum.

The condition that your son might be having could be functional fecal retention, which is essentially failure of toilet training.

Functional fecal retention is defined, in a person from infancy to 16 years old, by the passage of large or enormous bowel movements at intervals less than twice per week, and the attempt to avoid having bowel movements on purpose, by contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor and squeezing the buttocks together.

Accompanying symptoms include soiling of the underclothes, irritability, abdominal cramps, and decreased appetite. These symptoms disappear immediately following the passage of a large or enormous bowel movement. Symptoms are usually caused by a failure to relax the bottom and push out the bowel movement.

The management of the condition is with proper bowel training of the child , education and if required stool softners to manage the constipation.

It would be recommended that you continue to work with your child's doctor and hopefully see good results in due time.



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replied November 4th, 2016
They won't let me post the relevant link here, but, having witnessed similar issues in my family I recommend a bowel re-training / colon-cleansing program along the lines of "Soiling Solutions" (look it up)
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