• Bed-wetting and pooping issues

    By Dr. Micaela Wexler

    This is a topic I will be writing about soon because it presents in the child psychiatry clinic quite often. The most common problem I see is what is known as nocturnal enuresis, which is wetting the bed at night in a child six or older. Then there is daytime urination accidents in a child six or older. This is followed by constipation. Then we have the horror: encoperesis, which is when a child intentionally holds their poop in FOR DAYS. The body can’t sustain this behavior and eventually some of it starts to seep out.

    Parents come to me for medications, which I will use if necessary. But, I like to try non- medication methods, which I will describe in upcoming articles. A simple one that we should all adopt is the following: every other mouthful of food should be some type of fiber. This should start in toddlerhood and continue through life.

    In the meantime, here is an article by Dr. Steve Hodges, a pediatric urologist, author of It’s No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions to Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, UTIs, and Other Potty Problems. ”

    The article is titled, “Don’t Potty Train Your Baby.” In it Dr. Hodges gives an excellent explanation of why early potty training is harmful. He describes the anatomy and physiology to support his advice. It’s a great read.

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