Constipation and Poop Incontinence in Children

What is constipation?

Constipation in children is a very common problem. Constipation is called the
decrease in the intestinal motility of the child and the fact that the resulting
poop is small, dry and hard. Generally, children who suffer from constipation
also complain of pain in and around the anus while defecating.

What is poop incontinence, how does it relate to constipation?

Many children with constipation also complain of poop incontinence. Dry and
hard poop accumulates in the rectum, which we call at the last point of the
large intestine. Old poop covers the rectum and causes the rectal sense, which
feels the arrival of new poop, to decrease or disappear completely. For this
reason, the child does not feel that new poop is coming. It misses new poop,
which is smaller in size than the old poop and has a soft consistency. Often
there are stains on the underwear of children with constipation in the form of
contamination, and sometimes families can confuse diarrhea with poop
incontinence. These spots are a sign of poop incontinence (fecal inontinences).

In children with a history of chronic (long-lasting) constipation, over time, the
rectum loses its natural anatomical structure, expands and its sensitivity
decreases. Hard poop accumulated in the rectum can also cause larger poop in
the form of overflow when it exceeds the capacity that the anal sphincters
(muscles around the anus) can hold.
In addition to constipation, the presence of a neurological problem in the
person can also cause poop incontinence.
You can track your child’s poop type from the Bristol Poop Chart.