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5 yr old with no bowel control

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 7, 2006
  • 01:21 AM

Hi, I have a 5 year old son who can not control his bowel movements. He doesn't seem to know when he has one either until we "smell" him. We have been to several doctors, not one of whom have done a colonoscopy, they put him on laxatives which only made it worse, not to mention that he was NOT constipated by any means. I am at the "end of my rope" here trying to figure out what to do for him. He had a severe e coli infection when he was 13 months old, which shut his kidneys down. He had extremely bloody bm's for 2 weeks and no doctor has thought that this could have anything to do with it. He has been pottytrained for urinating since he was two. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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  • my son had the same after numerous drs finally went to top childrens hospital and it was diagnosed as Encoprisis sounds a lot like what you are going through here is a link to read up on it http://www.aboutencopresis.com/ http://www.emedicine.com/ped/topic670.htm hope it helps I know how difficult it can be! but it does get better eventually if you stay with the treatment
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 04:03 PM
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  • my brother had the same thing...boys who dont want to take the time to go to bathroom hold it for so long over a period of time it stretches the bowel and there you go they have lost control. i'm sure your pediatriciian can tell you way more than that but that is it pretty much in laymans terms.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 04:06 PM
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