4% of children suffer from stool incontinence

A disorder that is rarely talked about but which nonetheless affects 1 to 4% of children in France: Encopressis leads to stool incontinence. As with any forbidden disease, shame often predominates over social life and mental health. Stop!

13% of children with encopresis cannot go to school due to anal leakage. From the Greek “kopros” (stool), the disorder is associated with a child’s “inappropriate” place (on the floor, cloth, behind the sofa), semi-formed or liquid stool discharge, voluntarily or not. At least 4 years of age as defined by the Mental Disorders Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). Specifically, it is a stool incontinence that occurs at least once a month for at least three months, not associated with sphincter, neurological or digestive pathology. A debilitating disease that leads to social life limitations in 1 to 4% of children in France, which can lead to depression.

Associated with other disorders

According to the French National Society of Coloproctology, this psycho-affective disorder most often occurs in boys between the ages of 6 and 10, when they do toilet training and enter primary school. In the most severe form, it can sometimes be chronic after puberty. In 25 to 30% of cases, it is associated with enuresis, commonly referred to as “bedwetting” and may coexist with other disorders: coordination, language, attention or even emotional. Enuresis, encopresis … These physical difficulties often have a psychological source: difficulty in relationship with parents, divorce, arrival of another child, sexual abuse … But we should not deny the physiological cause of a deformity or disease.

Significant pain

This pathology is more complicated because it can cause significant pain due to the rupture of the anus which forces the child to get stuck and avoid public toilets. Children also often have constipation at first, which is helpful for stool stagnation in the intestines and rectum. This deliberate effort of restraint is not without consequences … Gradually, the child no longer understands the need to defecate, his anus becomes accustomed to being full and out of a certain volume, it naturally relaxes and then empties. “Overflow”. This is why leaks occur mainly during the day, as soon as his attention is relaxed, for example during physical activity or play.

A suitable panty liner

The only solution to limit risk? Early (two years ago) and full-fledged medical care, usually based on laxatives, as well as pediatric psychiatric support. It is also essential to dramatize, eliminate guilt and empower the child, who, for example, a Mall calendar. Practical solutions, such as adaptive absalom panty liner, make it possible to make an offer “Security” Children and a certain “Peace” To his parents every day. His promise? “A width that avoids all overflows! A This range of health protection “Prudent and effective” To see “Pioneer”, According to its creator Axel Bowern. “Until now, there was no device specifically designed to penetrate the anus of children, He explains Parents were forced to choose between baby diapers, which were much thicker and obstructed, and anal tampons and anal enemas, which were often taken too badly by children. A According to this entrepreneur, these devices are beyond the scope of practicality “Undermines self-esteem and self-confidence”. Another added value of Absalom, “She may benefit from requesting assistance from the Departmental House for the Disabled (MDPH) and supplementing the Education Allowance for Children with Disabilities (AEEH) as part of a life plan.” Axel reassures Bowern.

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