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Old 02-19-2007, 06:05 AM   #1
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child is constipated

My boy (who is nearly 3) has spent most of his life ever since the age of 10 months being constipated. He's had xrays and everything seems fine. He used to tear in the past. He has a good diet full of fibre and more. I'll try anything and everything! He's had acupuncture, herbs, laxitives, extra secret nutrients in cooking such as wheatgrass, psyllium, you name it. I'm fairly sure with him, it's some kind of psychological thing. He's a very clingy boy with me and is quite shy. The laxitives may work for a week, then he seems to become immune to them and no longer work. I'm worried I will never be able to toilet train him. He's frightened of toilets and won't take his nappy off. Please help, this is consuming our lives.

 
Old 02-21-2007, 08:27 PM   #2
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Re: child is constipated

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My boy (who is nearly 3) has spent most of his life ever since the age of 10 months being constipated. He's had xrays and everything seems fine. He used to tear in the past. He has a good diet full of fibre and more. I'll try anything and everything! He's had acupuncture, herbs, laxitives, extra secret nutrients in cooking such as wheatgrass, psyllium, you name it. I'm fairly sure with him, it's some kind of psychological thing. He's a very clingy boy with me and is quite shy. The laxitives may work for a week, then he seems to become immune to them and no longer work. I'm worried I will never be able to toilet train him. He's frightened of toilets and won't take his nappy off. Please help, this is consuming our lives.
I too was constipated as a child. I was given so many laxatives I became dependent on them and eventually even they didn't work. First use the new pull up diapers to make him feel like a big boy. Never put him on an adult toilet they are too scary to little ones. My daughter used a musical potty chair and also put stickers on it to reward her child for sitting on it. Sing songs or read to him when he is sitting on it to distract him. Don't force him to sit very long. Praise him when he has a bowel movement even if it is in his diaper so he will know it is a good thing. Lots of love, patience, and understanding will help too. Try to stick with fruits and juices, dried prunes, lots of water, anything but laxatives if you can help it. Poor little thing he doesn't understand it all and I'm sure everyone's actions scare him. I hope you have a good gastrologist. My heart goes out to both of you. Jan

 
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:56 AM   #3
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Re: child is constipated

I understand what you are going through. My son was severly constipated since he was about 6 weeks old. We went through all the tests as well. The only thing that has finally worked ( he is two next week) is an adult stool softener called Kondremul. I don't know if you have tried this and i hate to throw more laxatives your way, but it worked better than anything else we have tried. It is a white thick liquid that can be put into foods or milk or taken plain. It is a God sent to my son. He started it at age 8 weeks and has not had a problem since. He does need a lot of water though. I give him Pedialite or pediatric electrolytes at least three times a week to keep him from getting dehydrated. Try not to stress or put too much pressure on potty training. I bet once you forget it, he will be ready. I know how bad constipation makes them feel. Hang in there! This will pass. Try a lot of water and electrolytes. My son only used it for a few months and has not used it since.
Lisa

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Old 02-27-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
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Re: child is constipated

I would suggest seeing a specialist....a gastroenterologist, if you haven't already.

I would also suggest looking into Hirschsprung's Disease....it often presents as chronic constipation, is usually diagnosed in infancy.....but I know of people who's children have suffered until they were 3....4.... even 14!

Good luck!

 
Old 02-27-2007, 05:54 PM   #5
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Re: child is constipated

miralax is an osmatic laxative and is safe and not habit forming,it used by
most doctors dealing with infants that are constipated,your need a prescription for it ,but its gentle and you can wean off it easily.

 
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