The prevention of constipation and encopresis: a developmental model and approach

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1986 Aug;33(4):859-69. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)36077-1.


This article proposes a developmental model for understanding the evolution and treatment of bowel problems in infancy and childhood. It focuses on anticipatory guidance to maximize parental understanding of the normal variations of bowel function and specific interventions to limit the long-term effects of mild bowel problems.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Constipation / physiopathology
  • Constipation / prevention & control*
  • Diet
  • Encopresis / physiopathology
  • Encopresis / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Toilet Training