Pediatric Bowel Management Program

The Cedars-Sinai Pediatric Bowel Management Program works with children, young adults and families to develop individualized programs to achieve predictable, regular bowel movements, eliminate fecal incontinence and the need for diapers.

A bowel control problem, fecal incontinence affects close to 18 million U.S. adults.* In children, fecal incontinence may result from various causes including: congenital conditions, diarrhea, constipation, muscle damage or weakness. Congenital conditions, such as anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung’s disease, spina bifida, imperforate anus or spinal defects, may affect the ability of the bowel to function normally from childbirth.

Bowel incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.  If left untreated, bowel control problems in children and young adults can result in social isolation, low self-esteem, and a diminished quality of life.

The Cedars-Sinai Pediatric Bowel Management Program is a multidisciplinary team that includes pediatric surgeons with expertise in medical and surgical management, specially trained nurses and nutritionists, and direct access to specialists in gastroenterology, imaging, urology, gynecology, orthopedics, nephrology and neurology to care for young patients with especially complex or challenging conditions.  

*Citation: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)