S.T. asks from Gila Bend, AZ on May 13, 2008
7 Year Old Pooping His Pants at School
I am a K-1 teacher and one of my students is pooping his pants at school. It happens about once a week. I was not his teacher last year, but I was told he didn't have this problem last year. The problem has gotten worse as the year has gone on. He is repeating Kindergarten and is 7 years old. His older sister has a learning disability. I don't believe it would be related, but I'm just trying to give all the information. He doesn't really like to do his work at school, but he doesn't want to go home when he has an accident. He told me today that he can't feel it when he has to go poop. I let my students use the bathroom whenever they ask and take them to bathroom breaks as well. I don't have any idea what the real issue is. Is there a problem? Is this normal?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
M.C. answers from Albuquerque on May 14, 2008
I am a Para and we are having trouble like this too. Ours is because Mom started a new job. This way he get 1 on 1 time with her. May look into changes at home? Hope you find some answers. I understand how trying that issue can be. Good Luck.
C.K. answers from Tucson on May 14, 2008
It could be IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
***But it sounds more like Encopresis*** Here are some good links about it:
Poor little guy! I hope this diagnosis will help him, his parents (and you) seek help for him. In the interim, keeping extra clothes and accidents as private and discreet as possible is definitely going to help him from any shame, embarassment or teasing he may experience. My heart goes out to him....
L.T. answers from Phoenix on May 14, 2008
It is probably because he is scared to use it, some children are scared to go to a public bathroom all by themselves and they have some kind of phoebia or fear of falling in the bathroom. So if you ask him why can't he use it when he feels that he needs it, let him know that it does not look good when he poops in his pants because when other kids that are teasers know he did that they will tease him and make him feel so bad, he will not like it. Another thing is when he needs it he is in the middle of stuff he has to finish and he forgets that he really needs it. Or call a nurse on the list from your insurance and ask whether there is something else that causes that.
J.K. answers from Phoenix on May 13, 2008
My son, who is almost 5, poops his pants when he drinks apple juice, juice box. He says he can't feel it also but it only happens when he drinks the juice box...which of course I don't let him have it anymore...
T.V. answers from Albuquerque on May 14, 2008
I would say that he needs to have an x-ray to make sure that his intestines have grown right, sometimes when their intestines have not fully developed correctly they don't feel that sensation to go to the bathroom, he needs medical help and medication to help him with his problem.