Hygiene Considerations for Encopresis
Discussion regarding elimination, poop, bowels, farting, and pee are typically avoided in all cultures, with the exception of juvenile humor. Talking about this area is almost universally regarded as dirty, and concentrates on the foul smells of the by-products of elimination.
Even the softest of toilet tissue can be abrasive. Since encopresis treatment routinely involves multiple trips for children to sit on the toilet, it is common for their bottoms to become red, raw, or even bleed. Urinary or bladder infections can occur if a child does not wipe properly.
Here are a few hints to prevent this from adding to your child’s already agitated state:
- Avoid conventional toilet paper
- Use a “wet one” or cloth for adequate cleaning (do not flush)
- Add water or soap when wiping
A bidet is a plumbing fixture installed into a toilet with a warm water jet to wash the private areas after elimination. Bidet inserts have a positive benefit in stimulating or completing bowel movements because the stream of water power stimulates the reflex to produce stool. There are bidet inserts that are easy to install on your own toilet to reduce of the use of toilet paper. For small children a hand held or portable bidet can be directed at your child’s bottom and they are cheaper. Bidets are more hygienic than the use of toilet paper or wipes.