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April 2020

Encopresis, Exercise and COVID-19

Encopresis could be an unfortunate consequence of community efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 due to decreased opportunities for outdoor exercise. Children who are physically active are less likely to become constipated than those who are not. Unfortunately, school closures and stay-at-home orders combined with the closure of parks and playgrounds in some communities severely limit opportunities for physical activity. Forced to stay inside, children will also be spending more time than usual in front of "screens" which we know causes many children to ignore bowel urgency which can lead to constipation.

Parents need to encourage their children to walk, run and ride bikes and scooters etc as much as possible even if it's just up and down the street in front of their home while making sure that they maintain the "6-foot rule".