My just turned 8 yr old boy has been having several "accidents" a day, soiling his underpants with just a little feces at a time. It's not diarrhea, and it seems to come and go, some days he doesn't have any, then sometimes he'll have 5 or 6 accidents a day (like today). Do you know what could be the cause of this? Could there be something physically wrong, like weak anal sphincter muscles or something? What could I do to help? When he does have a BM, it's well formed. He's never complained of being consipated. (Our family is pretty healthy, we juice every day, and he has a fair amount of vegetables and whole grains in his diet)
A few things about his personality - he is a happy bouncy child most of the time...loves being the center of attention, and chatters constantly. One other thing he does struggle with is not being able to go to sleep on his own. I have been with him every night, and he freaks out if I leave and he is not asleep yet. He comes into my bed sometime in the night/early morning, and always wakes up next to me.
I'm not sure if this issue is psychological, or physical.....I read a book on homeopathic constitutional remedies, and thought that may help him, but so far I haven't diagnosed his type confidently....I think maybe Sulpher or Phosphorus, but I'm not trained enough to tell.
If you have any suggestions, that would be very helpful!
This is something I have seen with a handful of children in my practice. The "answer" seems different for each child. Some seem to improve after we test their food sensitivities and take them off foods that may be contributing. Others seem to do well when we supplement with magnesium or other minerals. Of course, there are definitely some psychological issues that can play a part - even not wanting to stop to go to the bathroom can cause problems in that the bowels then have trouble regulating. If you can work with a licensed naturopathic physician to determine whether these are issues, that would be ideal. There are also rare conditions that can cause this issue, so if it does not resolve, I recommend working with a physician to determine what is causing the fecal incontinence.
Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND |
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