The Children’s Mercy Bowel Management Boot Camp is a week-long outpatient program in Kansas City for children who want to gain confidence with their bowel control. We work with each child and family to create a personalized program to help achieve fecal (poop) continence (ability to control and hold poop). Our goal is to improve the daily function, create a poop schedule, avoid incontinence and increase quality of life and your child’s self-esteem.
Who is the Bowel Management Boot Camp for?
We provide treatment for children with constipation or fecal incontinence (soiling, stool (poop) accidents, encopresis). Specifically, these issues may be related to children diagnosed with:
- Anorectal malformations (imperforate anus, cloaca, cloacal exstrophy)
- Hirschsprung disease
- Sacral disorders that affect the bowel (spina bifida, spinal trauma, sacral coccygeal teratoma)
- Severe functional constipation
- Spina bifida
Personalized care from a team of specialists
You and your child will work closely with our team at the Comprehensive Colorectal Center that includes a colorectal surgeon, gastroenterologist (GI) doctor, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, psychologist, dietitian, and child life specialist. Together, we will find a daily bowel program that will empty the colon each day and prevent soiling accidents.
The program is created specifically for your child. It may include changes to diet, enemas, and/or medication with the goal to keep your child free of stooling accidents. Before starting bootcamp the team will review any previous test results and imaging to help determine the best starting point for your child. We will provide a personalized daily schedule at the beginning of your bowel management week.