Stubborn kid with encopresis.
March 17, 2012 6:56 AM Subscribe
Stubborn 12-year-old with primary retentive encopresis. Refuses help. What to do?
posted by schrodycat to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our 12-year-old daughter has been dealing with encopresis for about 5 years now. She regularly sees a psychologist to talk about this and other behavioral issues, but no progress on this front.
Consultations with her pediatrician and a specialist in this sort of icky thing lay out a clear path of laxatives, regular bathroom visits, and a rewards program.
The problem is that this kid is one tough cookie. She now refuses all interventions and medications and refuses to even talk about the problem. Honestly, it's like trying to talk to a drug addict about her addiction.
She avoids going to the toilet at all. The result is continuous soiling and the production of an amazing huge toilet-clogging log-like object that every week or so.
At this point we're hoping she'll soon gain enough cognitive development to realize that this is a problem that she can fix with help from us. But that could take years. She has agreed to take a probiotic ("it's a vitamin, dear"), but that doesn't appear to help.
Any bright ideas, meta-people?