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Encopresis - Definition


Encopresis is the act of defecating uncontrollably appearing after the age of 4 years. It usually occurs in previously potty-trained children and rarely in children who are not potty-trained. It's called encopresis if it lasts more than six months and occurs fairly frequently. The child is aware of defecation, but cannot control it; often the child voluntarily holds it, which can cause significant constipation. Encopresis may be accompanied by enuresis, meaning the uncontrolled emission of urine. Encopresis can be accompanied by behavioral problems and sometimes aggression towards the mother. It is a psychological disorder that can be treated using laxatives or enemas in cases of severe constipation and especially psychiatric care of the child accompanied by his parents.