Encopresis: Diagnosis

To be diagnosed with encopresis, a child must be at least the age of 4 and experience the repeated leakage or passage of feces into inappropriate places, such as the floor or her underwear, at least once a month for at least three months. Before making a diagnosis of encopresis, a doctor will rule out possible physiological factors such as food allergies or medicines that act as laxatives.