Signs and symptoms of encopresis may include:

  • Leakage of stool or liquid stool on your child's underwear. If the amount of leakage is large, you may misinterpret it as diarrhea.
  • Constipation with dry, hard stool.
  • Passage of large stool that clogs or almost clogs the toilet.
  • Avoidance of bowel movements.
  • Long periods of time between bowel movements, possibly as long as a week.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Repeated urinary tract infections.

When to see a doctor

Call your doctor if your child is already toilet trained and starts experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above.

Jan. 02, 2014