Acknowledge Encopresis is a Problem

Recognize that encopresis is a real problem. In my clinical work, I found that most parents first hoped that their child would simply outgrow the problem, but in time, they realized that encopresis was a true medical problem that required intervention and help. Even physicians can under-treat the problem, failing to identify the importance of both medical management and behavioral training. Be sure to pursue both parts of getting your child help: learn about the medications that are used to treat encopresis, but don’t forget to learn about the behaviors children with encopresis need to use to get better.

– Submitted by Frances Thorndike, Ph. D.

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