Further help for managing your child's constipation or stool withholding problem is available from various sources:

  • If you think your child is constipated, you should take them to see a GP as soon as possible. The GP will check there isn’t an underlying problem causing the constipation. They will prescribe medication to help your child to poo.

  • Call or email our expert helpline advisors to discuss any aspect of your child’s bowel problems. They will offer information and support on how to manage the issue.

  • Read the stories of other parents who've experienced dealing with childhood poo problems.

  • Get advice from other parents by joining our online community on HealthUnlocked.

Helpful videos

Watch paediatrician and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh, who supports 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. 

Downloadable resources

The following resources are available to download free of charge:

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.

Our poo game also teaches children how the bowels work in a fun, engaging way and helps you to talk about poo together.

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.