Soiling is when a child regularly poos their pants. If they are already potty-trained, the soiling is usually because they are badly constipated. Treatment from your GP can help.
You may feel angry or frustrated when your child keeps pooing themselves. But they aren't doing it on purpose and may not even realise it's happening.
Soiling usually happens when a child is so constipated that a large, hard piece of poo becomes stuck at the end of their gut (rectum).
Fresh poo from higher up the gut then runs around the hard poo and leaks out, staining their pants.
Your child may have:
It's important not to try to sort out soiling by yourself.
Your GP can prescribe laxatives to clear out the hard poo and get your child pooing regularly and comfortably again. This can take a few months to work. Your GP will want to see your child regularly to check how they are doing.
The soiling may get worse before it gets better.