The BRICK (Bowel Retraining in Constipated Kids) clinic is a special clinic within the Division of Gastroenterology at Children’s Mercy Hospital dedicated to the care of children with constipation and encopresis. This clinic targets children 3 years and older who struggle with constipation and soiling, but are otherwise healthy.
Symptoms associated with BRICK Clinic
Patients who are seen in the BRICK clinic have symptoms that include, but are not limited to: encopresis, stooling accidents, soiling, fecal/stool/bowel incontinence, constipation, large or hard stools, infrequent stools and/or stool withholding.
Kacie Kaufman, FNP is the director of the BRICK clinic. Kacie has 10 years of experience working with children who have severe constipation problems. She will work with you and your child to develop a personalized plan for treatment of your child’s constipation.
Who can be seen in BRICK Clinic?
Constipation is a common problem for many children. The BRICK clinic was developed to provide children with severe, chronic constipation a comprehensive program to improve their bowel function. Your child must meet the following criteria to be seen in the BRICK clinic: The child should be 3 years of age or older and:
- Developmentally ready for toilet training
- Should not have another gastrointestinal illness (examples include: eosinophilic gastroenteritis, inflammatory bowel disease, liver problems, etc.)
- The child is healthy without any major medical issues such as cerebral palsy, autism, genetic disorders, or Down’s Syndrome for example.