Epidemiological studies on the prevalence of faecal incontinence in children are scarce and generally outdated. In 1966, Bellman reported that the prevalence of faecal incontinence among children over 4 years of age was 1.3%. A more recent study from Amsterdam found a prevalence of 4.1% in children 5 to 6 years of age and 1.6% in children 11 to 12 years of age. The overall prevalence of faecal incontinence was found to be 3%, with more boys (3.7%) than girls (2.4%) being affected.
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