Fecal incontinence, or encopresis, in pre-teen children is an issue often shrouded in silence. It’s a sensitive subject, one that can significantly impact the quality of life of the children affected and their families. In this blog, we aim to break this silence, shedding light on the causes, available therapies, and a potential new solution – the Emsella Chair.
Understanding Fecal Incontinence in Pre-Teen Children
Fecal incontinence is the involuntary passing of stool, often linked to chronic constipation and resulting in soiling. In pre-teen children, this condition is more prevalent than you might think and can affect their social, emotional, and physical well-being significantly.
Causes of Fecal Incontinence in Pre-Teen Children
Numerous factors can lead to fecal incontinence in children. Chronic constipation is often a primary cause. Over time, this can lead to stool impaction and the rectum stretching, losing its ability to sense the presence of stool adequately. This can result in accidental soiling. Other causes may include developmental issues, neurological disorders, or even psychological stress.
Traditional Therapies for Fecal Incontinence in Children
Typically, the treatment of fecal incontinence starts with addressing chronic constipation, which may include dietary changes, using laxatives, or even physical therapy in some cases. In some severe cases, more invasive procedures might be necessary. While these treatments can be effective, they can sometimes be slow to show results and may come with side effects.
Introducing the Emsella Chair
The Emsella Chair represents a potential breakthrough in addressing fecal incontinence in children. This device uses High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) technology to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles, inducing deep and powerful muscle contractions.
How the Emsella Chair Can Help
By inducing these contractions, the Emsella Chair helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which can, in turn, improve the control over bowel movements. This treatment is non-invasive, pain-free, and sessions are quick. Additionally, children can remain fully clothed during the treatment, reducing potential anxiety or embarrassment.
While more research is needed, preliminary findings and anecdotal evidence suggest the Emsella Chair might be a promising supplemental treatment for addressing fecal incontinence in pre-teen children. As always, the suitability of this treatment will depend on the individual child and their specific needs and should be discussed with a healthcare professional.
Reclaim Confidence with the Emsella Chair
At The Karlfeldt Center, we believe in providing empathetic care, innovative solutions, and hope. The Emsella Chair might be a step towards reclaiming confidence for children struggling with fecal incontinence.
Every child deserves to live with confidence and dignity. Let us be a part of their journey towards better health and improved quality of life.