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Encopresis (cont.)

Encopresis Medical Treatment

There are many different regimens for the treatment of encopresis however most rely on the following three principles:

  1. Empty the colon of stool
  2. Establish regular soft and painless bowel movements
  3. Maintain very regular bowel habits

While there is almost always a large behavioral component to chronic encopresis, behavioral therapy alone, such as offering rewards or reasoning with the child, usually is not effective. Rather, a combination of medical and behavioral therapy works best.

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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third edition (DSM-III), encopresis is defined as the "repeated involuntary passage of feces into places not appropriate for that purpose...the event must take place for at least 6 months, the chronologic and mental age of the child must be at least 4 years."

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