I think this site may just save my sanity! I've only just discovered it, despite my son having had problems for most of his life (he is 8 soon). I have read about people being worried, cross, puzzled. My husband and I have felt all of these things. Up until now, I have been thinking that this pooing in pants is just being lazy or fearing trying to pass a big poo. I have had many occasions where things have got bad and I have been to the doctors with him. They have felt his abdomen and found that he has poo 'stuck'. We have then been prescribed Movicol one a day until poo is 'normal' again. It always ends up back where we started. He wont go at school as he is scared of being locked in the toilets. Tonight he has been crying with agony and he has been bent over double with pain (we've had this many times). Desperate to help him, I found this site. I read some things people had been saying and it sounds just like us. Every single doctor has said he will grow out of it! The most recent doctor said that I shouldn't worry, as her 10 year old son was still soiling his pants sometimes and he was just being lazy, so my son would be ok when he was older. He tends to have runny mess - I'm thinking now that this is overflow runny poo going round a blockage. Also I didn't realise that stretching the rectum can lead to a loss of sensation until it is recovered - is this right? He often says he can't feel when he needs a poo. I just haven't believed him - feel like such a bad mum! How do I get the doctor to help me more than just prescribing a sachet a day of Movacol? I'm worried that as he gets older, things will get worse and his friends will notice and it will become a huge emotional as well as physical issue for him. HELP!