Common "Encopresis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Encopresis is also called fecal incontinence or continuous passing of stool. It is caused by over retention of old stool in the colon, and with the new stool formation, it becomes full that leaks out by losing control over bowel movement. This condition has symptoms such as abdominal pain, loss of appetite, constipation, and recurrent bladder infection.

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Does passing stools in underwear without knowing a psychological issue?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 8 years old. His weight is 55 lbs, and his height is 4.4 feet. He has had a problem with passing stool in his underwear for six to seven months now. He is doing this without knowing it. He suffered from the same kind of problem last year for three months, and it got cured. But, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Payas Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the attached files and your child's history (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your child has encopresis (involuntary fecal soiling), and probably he might also be having constipation. The standard treatment is dietary modification. I believe you kn...  Read Full »

Is encopresis in children treatable?

Query: Hi doctor, My 5-year-old son does not tell me when he poops in his pants. He does this three to four times a day, and we need to keep checking again. Is there any issue with his stomach? Also, he has hard stools in the morning. Please explain.   Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per your description, this issue is prevalent in cases of constipation. I would suggest doing the following, Please give the child Duphalac (Lactulose) 10 ml twice a day for ten days along with plenty of water. Reduce the intake of bread and bread products, mil...  Read Full »

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