When your child sits on the toilet, check to make sure they are not tightly wrapping their legs around the toilet. Children with encopresis need to keep their legs resting loosely on the floor or a stool. Wrapping legs around a toilet seat makes it impossible to keep the external anal sphincter relaxed during defecation. And that needs to happen for the bowel movement or poop to be successfully pushed out.
– Submitted by Frances Thorndike, Ph. D.Share