What is Encopresis?


The most common definition of encopresis is the involuntary passage of stool material. Encopresis is a type of fecal incontinence. It is important to understand that this problem can occur in children as young as 4 all the way to older adults. However, it is also important to know that while a diagnosis and treatment is being sought out this problem can be managed with the use of the right incontinence product. There is a wide variety of incontinence products that are available to help with encopresis. The range of incontinence products run the gamut from incontinence underwear for children all the way up to adult diapers for adults who are dealing with moderate to heavy fecal incontinence.

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In addition, to providing adult incontinence products many of the sites that sell incontinence supplies will offer incontinence undergarments for children. This can help your child deal with this problem by not feeling ashamed and being able to wear incontinence underwear that looks and feels much like regular underwear. For adults it is important to understand that there are incontinence products for men and incontinence products for women so choosing the incontinence product that is made for your gender is important. For help and guidance in selecting incontinence products please click on http://caregiverpartnership.com/incontinence-product-finder.  

One of the major contributors to encopresis is constipation. This may seem counterintuitive to fecal incontinence but what happens is the child or adult becomes constipated however, the body will push fecal matter around the compacted stool and leakage will occur. This makes it crucial that anyone who is prone to this problem make every attempt not to become constipated. This can be done by making sure-
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  • That you are eating a diet high in fiber. Fiber is what helps to keep the colon pushing fecal. When you are eating a diet high in fiber it can help to keep you regular which prevent constipation and lower the risk of encopresis. There are many high fiber foods or you can take a supplement. You should check with your doctor for specific recommendations to fit your needs.
  • That you are drinking enough water. Water also acts as a lubricant for the digestive system. If you are not drinking enough water your body will react to the dehydration. Your colon will pull the water it needs from your stool which will make it dry and harder to push through. It is important that everyone drink sufficient water to prevent this from happening.
  • That you have a low stress lifestyle. Constipation can be worsened by high stress. If you find that you are constantly under stress you may find that your body reacts in this manner. Relaxation techniques can be helpful and making sure that young children have plenty of time in the bathroom (unstressed), to take care of business can also help.
While it can be difficult for a parent who has a child with encopresis or an adult who is trying to manage the problem the good news is there are things that can help. By seeking out an early diagnosis your doctor can then recommend the appropriate treatment. While treatment is being pursued the patient can use the right incontinence product to help them manage this problem. There is a wide variety of incontinence products that are made to deal with every level of fecal incontinence. By taking your time to shop around and talking with knowledge staff you can choose the right incontinence supplies to meet your needs. To find out more about all aspects of incontinence please visit http://caregiverpartnership.com/landing/incontinence.

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