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Is it bad to hold a stool until a convenient time?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Hard, bulky stool

Children who avoid a stool for whatever reason can later forget to empty.
This may result in a hard or bulky stool that is painful to pass. To avoid pain, younger children may try to avoid having stools & older kids may just want to avoid going at school. Over time, this can weaken the emptying function & cause a recurrent problem with slow transit/poor emptying & require specific program to fix.

In brief: Hard, bulky stool

Children who avoid a stool for whatever reason can later forget to empty.
This may result in a hard or bulky stool that is painful to pass. To avoid pain, younger children may try to avoid having stools & older kids may just want to avoid going at school. Over time, this can weaken the emptying function & cause a recurrent problem with slow transit/poor emptying & require specific program to fix.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics

In brief: No and Yes

No, on rare occasions and often necessary.
Ever once in a while, this is no big deal. However, repeated on an ongoing basis, this can lead to significant bowel dysfunction, constipation and encopresis.

In brief: No and Yes

No, on rare occasions and often necessary.
Ever once in a while, this is no big deal. However, repeated on an ongoing basis, this can lead to significant bowel dysfunction, constipation and encopresis.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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