Children with good bowel control will have:
- Good bowel movement patterns. They will have one to two bowel movements per day with no soiling in between
- Signs of feeling when passing stool (pushing, making faces)
- Urinary control
Children with good bowel control may have soiling if they:
- Have a viral illness
- Take medicine that causes diarrhea (e.g., antibiotics)
- Become constipated
When the cause of the diarrhea has resolved (a viral illness or medicine), they should get their bowel control back.
Children with poor bowel control may have:
- Soil and pass stool all the time
- No signs of feeling when passing stool (no pushing, making faces or saying they have to go)
- No urinary control or dribbling of urine
Parents must be informed about their child's chances for bowel control to avoid needless frustration later. It is vital to figure out the level of bowel control the child is able to have as early as possible so parents know what to expect. Since there are a wide range of defects, we should expect a wide range of results.