my 10 year old son won't stop pooping in his underwear and the floor

Karen - posted on 04/19/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Everytime he has to poop he poops in his underwear or on the floor

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Liz - posted on 04/20/2014

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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.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2014

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Have you asked him why he does it?
Does he have a medical condition or anything?

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