Before diving into the specific steps that can help regulate your child’s bowel activity, the doctor will first take the time to thoroughly analyze their past medical history, as well as their surgical history.
This gives them the opportunity to understand if they’ve experienced any of the conditions, diseases, or surgeries that may create or exacerbate instances of fecal incontinence.
At this time, the doctor will also speak with you to understand what steps you’ve taken to date to help your child cope with this problem. This may include changing their diet, giving medications, administering an enema, or any other type of action meant to instigate stool activity.
To make sure this first visit is as detailed and accurate as possible, it helps to bring documents that detail the history of your child’s condition. This includes:
- A list of medications your child has taken
- A list of all of the surgeries and tests that your child has undergone
- Documents from the hospital where your child was born or treated
Hospital documents can include operative reports, x-ray reports, and discharge summaries, among other notes. You may have to request a copy of these documents from the hospital’s Medical Records department.