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6year old with bathroom issues

Posted by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM
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Idk if this is the correct place to post this and I'm sorry if it's TMI, but I'm desperate. My 6 year old son has been toilet trained since he's 3.5 years old. Since June I have been having an issue with him making number 2 in his pants constantly. Worse yet he doesn't even seen to realize that he's doing it. I make him sit in the bathroom for a while at a time or till he makes. Even if he does, couple minutes later he smells again. My DH makes fun of me for wanting to speak to his pediatrician about it. I just want to know if anyone has ever had this problem and if u think it's a bad thing to speak to his ped. TIA
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by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 5:54 PM

OMg talk to his pediatrician!  that is not ok  and your son needs help......

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Yeah i'd want to talk to the doctor about it as well.  It could be emotional things going on too. 

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM
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I would put money on it that he's actually really constipated.  What happens is that there is a solid mass of stool and the fresh stool swishes around the mass and comes out in the form of diarrhea.  Often their colon is soo stretched from being backed up with stool they don't feel the urge to go.  Definitely talk to his pediatrican about it ASAP.  My guess they will probably xray his belly to see if he is blocked up with stool.  They can get really sick from this so the sooner you address it with his dr the better. 

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

 I havent had this problem and I think you SHOULD talk to a ped. If nothing else it will eliminate the possibility of any medical issues and set your mind to rest.

Is his stool soft, hard or normal? Does he seem to mind that he's doing it?

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

When you're chronically constipated, the bowels get stretched out and lose muscle tone, which causes uncontrolled soiling.  This is called Encopresis.  Check with your pediatrician.  If necessary, you can see a pediatric gastroenterologist (GI doc).

Typically a doctor would recommend cleaning out the bowels by using several doses of laxatives.  Then a doctor would typically recommend a DAILY regimen of non-stimulant, stool-softening laxatives to keep the bowels regularly emptied until the bowels shrink back to normal size and regain muscle tone (several weeks to several months).

There are two basic types of laxatives:  stimulant and non-stimulant.  Stimulant laxatives force bowel contractions to semi-quickly eliminate stool.  The body can become dependent on this type of laxative.  Non-stimulant laxatives are stool-softening type laxatives.  They help hold water in the stool to prevent it from being as dry, hard, and difficult to pass.  The body does not become dependent on these, so they are safe for long-term, daily use.  Some good ones are Miralax, Benefiber, Milk of Magnesia, Fiber Choice and the new Metamucil Clear-and-Natural in the BLUE bottle (active ingredient is Inulin).

If the doc isn't familiar with encopresis or isn't feeling stool in the bowels, ask the doc to order an abdominal x-ray.  Many times feeling the belly isn't accurate.  An abdominal x-ray will show whether the bowels are backed up and, if so, how bad the problem is.

Good luck!

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 6:55 PM
Does he have constipation problems? I'm willing to bet he has encopresis. It basically means he stays so constipated that his colon gets stretched out and it starts leaking through. They don't even know that it is about to happen. My son has it. It is much better now but we are still working on it. Talk to his pedi and if you have any questions feel free to ask me.
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by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

My son is 3 and was potty trained at 2 and has constipation issues. It sounds like he's constipated and having leakage when soft stool gets passed the hard stool. I would definitely talk with his pediatrician and have them do an xray to see if it shows anything; i would also see if they would refer him to a GI dr. We have fought for 3 yrs to find out whats wrong with our son and have finally gotten answers. His colon is so enlarged he doesn't feel the urge to go so he gets severely backed up; at this point we are FIGHTING to save my babies colon because of careless doctors that wouldn't listen to ME as a parent.

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I would definitely talk to his doctor about it!  If nothing else, ruling out a medical cause will set your mind at ease.

Good luck! 

by on Sep. 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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Why on earth would your Dh make fun of you?!? Mama ignore your Dh and take your boy to the Dr. Hope everything is ok.
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by on Sep. 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM

It sounds like encopresis, but you should get him checked for any underlying issues. My 8 year-old still has a few accidents, but he's getting better about them. He went to a GI specialist, and I had to clean him out, before starting him on laxatives. He would still go. We had procedures done to check his muscles, and to check along the lining of his intestines. He tends to hold it, and it forms a large circle pretty quickly, resulting in (as PPs said) some poop being forced out because of the blockage. It is a VERY normal thing for children to have and we've just had to get him on a schedule. We discussed it with his teacher last year and she was extremely helpful in letting him go to the restroom for as long as he needed to go, whenever he needed to go.

We thankfully have had many less occurences and that may be because of age, and the habit he's gotten into.  Good luck. It takes a ton of patience, but it's worth it for that clean underwear!

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