Elimination disorders come in many forms.
Encopresis is when children soil themselves at inappropriate places, either involuntary
or intentional. Encopresis can be associated with neuro-developmental problems
such as easy distractibility, short attention span, and low frustration tolerance.
Encopresis may be precipitated by events such as changes in the child’s
life such as the birth of a sibling, a move to a new house or new school etc.
Many encopretic children also retain feces and become constipated. A child
must be at least four years of age for this diagnosis to be made.
is the repeated voiding of urine into clothes or bed. The diagnosis is made when
children are at least five years of age.