If a child is 7 and is still having accidents should I be concerned and take him to a doctor?

Kelly - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son will on occasion poop his pants, especially if he is outside playing or playing video games. He has been grounded for it. Favorite toys have been taken away for it. I just thought he was being lazy but is there a chance he may have a physical reason why this keeps happening. Has anyone else experiences this problem and if so what did you do to get it to stop. It doesn't happen everyday but often. Should I be taking him to a doctor.

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Kelly - posted on 07/08/2009

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my daughter is about to turn 7 on the 14th. she does the same thing. she has encopresis. she has been dxed with it since she was 4.she would literlly hold her poop in to where she would become impacted. we have had many trips to the ER only to find out she just needed to move her bowels. we have always had a problem with her and moving her bowels. i am hoping she will outgrow it but so far it is still happeneing. I have been told that usually as they get older around 12 they do outgrow it. I would defiantely take him to see a doctor. With encopresis it is both a mental and physcial thing happening.

Monica - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son has the same problem and says the same thing....didn't know until too late. I think it is part laziness, but we do have an appointment with a pedatric urologist in Aug. to make sure it isn't a physical problem. What we have started doing is trying to get him to go potty every 2-3 hours and he has to sit down on the toilet until he has a bowel movement. He can stand after that. That does help. His doc recomended Miralax to keep things flowing, but that only seemed to increase the problem, so I now just give him fiber gummies for kids to try and keep him regular (I worry about constepation). I think he will eventually outgrow this, but in the mean time.....

Shavon - posted on 07/05/2009

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I have a lil nephew that is 8yrs old that is also having this same problem with urinating on himself. Is there any advice on what we should do for him. I told my sister that it might be a bladder problem and she need to take him to the doctor to get it checked out.

Angela - posted on 07/04/2009

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I say talk to him about it some more. Find out if he experiences any pain, anxiety about a situation etc. How long has it been happening?
Taking him to the doctor may or may not give you an answer, the doctor is just going to go through trial & error, you can do that.
My suggestion would be to watch your son, look for certain triggers.
I hope that makes sense to you.

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Yes, a Dr can refer you on to a paediatric specialist and find out about anything physically wrong.It may not be anything but then you will be reassured and undergo the right examination

Jael - posted on 07/03/2009

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no, he probally just will have to do exercises like kegals (sp) to strengthn the muscles down there.

Kelly - posted on 07/03/2009

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Quoting Jael:

I would, he could have a control issue.



Thanks, I agree with you too.  I just didn't want to make something big out of nothing.  He gets embarrassed and hides in the bathroom when it happens.  He tells me he doesn't feet it coming until it is too late.  I am worried about self-esteem issues.  I hope I haven't waited too long.

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