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Treatment of defaecation problems in children: the role of education, demystification and toilet training.

Abstract

To evaluate the effect of education in children with chronic defaecation problems, a prospective 6-week intervention study was designed. A total of 54 children (5-14 years) underwent an education programme, with demystification of symptoms and advice about diet and toilet training. The present treatment was continued. After 6 weeks, children with persistent problems received biofeedback training with a follow up of 1 year. The intervention programme was successful in 8 children (15%). Biofeedback training was successful in 49% of the remaining group after 1 year.

CONCLUSION

A total of 15% of the children with chronic defaecation problems seen at a referral centre could surprisingly be helped by a simple education programme with, demystification and toilet training. Further studies evaluating treatment in children with defaecation problems should account for the primary effect of these measures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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Department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Source

European journal of pediatrics 156:9 1997 Sep pg 689-92

MeSH

Adolescent
Biofeedback, Psychology
Child
Child, Preschool
Combined Modality Therapy
Constipation
Defecation
Dietary Fiber
Encopresis
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Health Education
Humans
Male
Parents
Toilet Training
Treatment Outcome

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

9296531

Citation

van der Plas, R N., et al. "Treatment of Defaecation Problems in Children: the Role of Education, Demystification and Toilet Training." European Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 156, no. 9, 1997, pp. 689-92.
van der Plas RN, Benninga MA, Taminiau JA, et al. Treatment of defaecation problems in children: the role of education, demystification and toilet training. Eur J Pediatr. 1997;156(9):689-92.
van der Plas, R. N., Benninga, M. A., Taminiau, J. A., & Büller, H. A. (1997). Treatment of defaecation problems in children: the role of education, demystification and toilet training. European Journal of Pediatrics, 156(9), pp. 689-92.
van der Plas RN, et al. Treatment of Defaecation Problems in Children: the Role of Education, Demystification and Toilet Training. Eur J Pediatr. 1997;156(9):689-92. PubMed PMID: 9296531.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Treatment of defaecation problems in children: the role of education, demystification and toilet training. AU - van der Plas,R N, AU - Benninga,M A, AU - Taminiau,J A, AU - Büller,H A, PY - 1997/9/20/pubmed PY - 1997/9/20/medline PY - 1997/9/20/entrez SP - 689 EP - 92 JF - European journal of pediatrics JO - Eur. J. Pediatr. VL - 156 IS - 9 N2 - UNLABELLED: To evaluate the effect of education in children with chronic defaecation problems, a prospective 6-week intervention study was designed. A total of 54 children (5-14 years) underwent an education programme, with demystification of symptoms and advice about diet and toilet training. The present treatment was continued. After 6 weeks, children with persistent problems received biofeedback training with a follow up of 1 year. The intervention programme was successful in 8 children (15%). Biofeedback training was successful in 49% of the remaining group after 1 year. CONCLUSION: A total of 15% of the children with chronic defaecation problems seen at a referral centre could surprisingly be helped by a simple education programme with, demystification and toilet training. Further studies evaluating treatment in children with defaecation problems should account for the primary effect of these measures. SN - 0340-6199 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/9296531/Treatment_of_defaecation_problems_in_children:_the_role_of_education_demystification_and_toilet_training_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/constipation.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -