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Undiagnosed chronic constipation is a frequent underlying cause of late toilet training and is common in kids with ADHD. A distended rectum presses on the bladder and can cause day or night incontinence and/or loss of bowel control (encopresis). The child may even have daily bowel movements, but without fully evacuating. Belly pain after eating and occasional unexplained nausea and vomiting are additional symptoms, as are very large stools. A pediatric gastroenterologist can diagnose the problem with an X-ray. It is quite common for the problem to be related to dairy intolerance. Eliminating dairy and twice daily toilet sits after meals can help in early stages but more entrenched problems probably require more aggressive treatment.

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