ERIC Number: EJ810570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Reference Count: 0
An Overview of Bowel Incontinence: What Can Go Wrong?
Norton, William F.
Exceptional Parent, v38 n9 p67-69 Sep 2008
Bowel incontinence, also called fecal incontinence, is the loss of control over liquid or solid stools. It can occur at any age--as a child, teenager, or adult. Severity can range from infrequent leakage of a small amount of stool to total loss of bowel control. Some persons might feel the urge to have a bowel movement but be unable to control it before they can get to a bathroom. Others may lack sensation and experience leakage of stool without warning. It can be a source of frustration for the person with incontinence and for his or her family. A person's loss of bowel control, or concern that it will happen, can cause feelings of unease around friends or at work or school. He or she may withdraw and miss out on opportunities. This article describes the causes of incontinence. Strategies for managing incontinence are also described.
Descriptors: Medical Services, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Congenital Impairments, Human Body, Etiology, Health Needs, Neurological Impairments, Injuries, Child Health, Intervention, Interpersonal Relationship
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