Our animation, Pooper Highway, gives an overview of what constipation is, how to identify it and what steps you need to take to treat and manage the problem.

Children who soil often think they are the only child in the world experiencing this problem. Told from the viewpoint of Sam, this short film gives a child's eye view of how to treat chronic constipation and soiling and will help younger children to understand they are not the only one affected by this common childhood problem.

Watch paediatrician and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh, who supported ERIC’s Let’s Talk About Poo campaign, discussing children's poo problems and how to manage them on our YouTube channel:

The 'Poo Nurses' from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust's Childhood Constipation Service created a helpful video about constipation and soiling and how they can be tackled with macrogol laxatives. Watch it here:

If your child has soiling accidents, you might also find the following animated video called 'The Poo in You', helpful. The video explains what causes faecal soiling and how you can treat the problem. 

ERIC guides: 

ERICs guide to childrens bowel problems             Sams Story

Other ERIC resources: 

Podcast Episodes

Alina talks to Natalie, one of ERIC's Helpline Advisors about disimpaction - a common treatment for chronic constipation.  She explains when this treatment is recommended, how it should be approached and what signs parents & carers need to look out for so they know it is working.

Brenda, a paediatric continence nurse specialist talks about identifying whether a child needs to be cleared out, how macrogol laxative actually work, liaising with your doctor and what happens next after disimpaction.   

Help for kids

Our Poo & Wee characters help children to understand how their bodies make wee and poo and what they can do to maintain healthy bladders and bowels.

Products for bowel problems

There are lots of products available that can make living with constipation and soiling a lot easier.

ERIC’s shop stocks products such as protective pants and protective bedding, as well as a range of books to help children, parents and professionals understand constipation, soiling and stool withholding.