Probably one-third of kids have rectums clogged with stool, and a good many of them are having accidents because of it. When kids delay pooping, stool piles up in and stretches the rectum. A stretched-out rectum is like a stretched-out sock: it loses elasticity. So, poop just falls out. Rectal poop masses in children can grow quite large — imagine a grapefruit or a Nerf basketball — stretching the rectum to five times its normal diameter. The big mass presses on and irritates the nearby bladder, triggering daytime and nighttime pee accidents. Um, when exactly was that going to happen? Yes, those students in Gustine were treated poorly, but their humiliation pales compared to the shame and abuse heaped upon many children who have chronic accidents. Almost daily I read news reports of school-age children scalded, beaten, or humiliated for having accidents.
If your child has bowel movements BMs in places other than the toilet, you know how frustrating it can be. Parents might assume that kids who soil their pants are misbehaving or too lazy to use the bathroom when they have the urge to go. They have a problem with their bowels that dulls the normal urge to go to the bathroom. So they can't control the accidents that usually follow. At first, parents may think their child has a simple case of diarrhea. But when it keeps happening, it's clear that there's another problem, especially because the child isn't sick. As the buildup of stool stretches the colon, the nerves have trouble telling the brain that it's time for a BM. If untreated, the soiling will get worse. Then, kids may lose their appetites or complain of stomach pain.
I've got an 8 month old that absolutely needs to be in a clean home. Comments from original poster 4 Comments from original poster 4 Load more 1 advertisement Comments 34 BabyCenter may earn a commission from shopping links. Make him wash his own bed sheets and his own bed clothes. And if he has a job, make him pay for the landry soap to clean his poopy bed clothes with! Maybe he is just pooping there if hes lazy.
From what you are describing it sounds like your son might have a condition known as encopresis. Often when kids have encopresis it is because they have experienced a painful bowel movement and they want to avoid having that pain again, so they avoid pooping. But what happens when you withhold defecating is that the poop hardens and forms a mass. This means that the fluid that needs to get out is passing around the mass in his rectum, and that is what is creating the soiling. So this means that your son needs to see a pediatric gastroenterologist, who will help him flush it out. Then, once the mass is flushed out, he will most likely be put on a stool softener for a period of time.