Children's Constipation and Involuntary Soiling

David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses involuntary soiling due to constipation.

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David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC, discusses involuntary soiling due to constipation.
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Featuring Dr. David Israel, BSc, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds

Constipation doesn't only express itself with hard stools.

Some children will have soiling which is an overflow of loose stools around very hard stools that are banked or stored inside and those are involuntary events.

The child does not have control and does not know that he needs to go. Another problem that can arise with relation to constipation is stool withholding and pain behavior.

When children notice pain is associated with defecation, they try to do everything they can to avoid that sensation and they will hold and refrain from going to the washroom. They may seek refuge under the bed or in the corner, and these things often are not fully understood by the parents. They may think that the child is soiling on purpose or is having another problem all together.

If you have questions about constipation and involuntary soiling, contact your local physician or gastroenterologist.

Presenter: Dr. David Israel, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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