Soiling (encopresis) in children

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An easy-to-understand overview of the symptoms and causes of your child's uncontrollable bowel movements. Included are tips are on how to help your child prevent future accidents.

Key points

  • Soiling occurs when your child is unable to control a bowel movement or is leaking liquid fecal matter.
  • Constipation is the main cause of soiling. Illness, stress and toilet training problems are other causes.
  • See your child's doctor if your child has other symptoms such as fever or blood in their stool, or if the soiling is not getting better.
Last updated: March 9th 2021