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Soiling (child pooing their pants)


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A child pooing their pants is usually caused by constipation, where a large hard poo is stuck inside their bottom and softer poo leaks around it.

To treat soiling, your GP will usually prescribe medicines called laxatives to soften and clear out the hard poo.

Things you can do to help stop your child soiling include setting up a regular toilet routine and making sure they get enough fibre and exercise.

Soiling is when a child regularly poos their pants.

Page last reviewed: 22/11/2023
Next review due: 22/11/2026