Encopresis: Not just an accident

NASN Sch Nurse. 2013 Sep;28(5):218-21. doi: 10.1177/1942602X13500994.


Encopresis is a medical condition that can be seen in the school setting with children of all ages, though primarily at the early childhood and elementary level. This condition can cause a great amount of frustration with the student, family, and teachers due to the child's inability to control elimination patterns. The school nurse must be aware of the warning signs that a student may be experiencing encopresis in order to promote treatment. This article will assist the school nurse in understanding typical causes for functional encopresis, knowing how to help a student who soils, and developing an individualized healthcare plan that assists a student to become continent of stool again. Encopresis is not just an accident.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Encopresis / nursing*
  • Encopresis / psychology
  • Encopresis / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Parents / psychology
  • School Nursing / methods*
  • Toilet Training*