My eight year old has been pooping in his pants and has been wearing pull ups 24/7. This has been happening for over a year now. We've been to a primary care doc, a GI doc, psychiatrist & therapist as this issue both mental and physical. As of now he has been taking daily laxatives to keep his system clean. We had an x-ray that showed his colon was backed up and impacted. The GI says when the colon is so full for so long the nerves loose the sensation to go. A functioning system when full will send signals that it's time to go, When it's empty the sensation goes away. My son says he can't feel when he has to go so we have a routine that he needs to go sit on the pot at regular intervals to prevent him going in his pants. As for the mental side, he does have and IEP at school for developmental delays. He also is adopted and lost his biological sister almost 2 years ago. On top of which we've been dealing with COVID for a year now.
There have been several incidents where other kids have smelled when he's soiled his pants, which can be devastating for an 8 year old. We have a support team at school of concerned teachers and staff. We are on a 4 month training cycle with the daily laxatives to get his bowel to start feeling when it has to go. IE: this is what empty feels like, this is what full feels like. We're also seeing a psychiatrist and a therapist. The psyc suspects some potential highfunctioning spectrum disorder in tandem with ADHD, but has not recommended any medications. The therapist talks to him about his body but I'm unclear on how or if that is helping. When I ask my son if he wants to keep talking to her, he says yes so we'll continue for now.
Not until the issue is resolved. Some weeks are better than others and I keep looking toward a day when he doesn't have to be embarrassed about wearing pull ups.
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