my 10 year old son won't stop pooping in his underwear and the floor
Liz - posted on 04/20/2014
He may have severe constipation from witholding - a condition called encopresis. This wouldn't be his fault and would be due to a conditioned response, meaning he would have no control over his bowels at all and an inability to tell when his rectum was full. It can be treated - my 4 year old daughter is being successfully treated for it now. Don't delay, take him to the pediatrician for evaluation. Most importantly, don't scold him for it - if it's a conditioned response, he cannot help it and is ashamed already.
If it turns out not to be that, the pediatrician will have some idea of what approach to take next.
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