3. Behavioral Indicators

The most apparent behavioral symptom of encopresis is avoiding or refusal to use the toilet. Using the toilet or being encouraged to do so often results in an emotional response, including crying, tantrums, and anger. When stool leakage or accidents occur, children may hide the soiled clothing. Appetite is sometimes affected; a child with the condition might begin to eat less than before.

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