Dr Catherine
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8-15 years

Hi Kynie, uncontrolled bowel motions can be the result of a number of factors both physical and psychological. Faecal incontinence, like what you describe, commonly results from chronic constipation. If left untreated, constipation can result in leaking of faecal matter that can very smelly and dark in colour. The signs and symptoms of constipation include: poor appetite, lack of energy, irregular bowel movements, excessive and foul smelling flatulence, irregular stool texture, withholding of stools, daytime soiling or overflow, nighttime incontinence, abdominal pain or discomfort, and irritability. Constipation is commonly managed through a change in diet however it is important that you follow this up with you GP. It is equally important that you show your son lots of support at this time, as I can imagine he is both distressed and embarrassed by what is occurring. Regards, Dr Cathrine