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Old 12-31-2011, 09:14 AM   #1
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Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

My daughter is Autistic and has had constipation issues since she was a baby. Her peditrician put her on Miralax and i have been giving that to her as needed. Recently this week she has been having a hard time pooping she doesnt want pants or underwear on she crosses her legs with goosebumps and grunts but nothing happens or she lies on her stomach. She keeps having a little poop on her butt and now her butt is red and sore and i just had to sit her in the bath so she could relax. I gave her miralax for the past few days and even increased it and she isnt pooping. I gave her no Miralax yet today and like i said i let her sit in the bath cause her butt hurts. She is potty trained except when he gets contipated like this. Someone help??

 
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:12 PM   #2
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Re: Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

My grandson is nine and has the same issues. We give him Miralax, but I think they associate pooping with the pain pre medicine and hold it so long that nothing helps. We're at a loss, too, so I'm watching your post for responses.

 
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
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Re: Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

we adopted 2 special needs.....1 with a rare skin disorder called eb....very sensitive skin, causes blisters. He is now 10 and just starting to go without huge issues. our pediatrician recommended miralax which works great....as long as we could get him to take it. it's tasteless,colorless....but does cause a little bit of texture difference in the liquid. also found chewable tabs fruit flavored but didn't work very well. Pancakes work the best for us.....his favorite food....will eat really well which kicks the digestive system in gear alot of truth in if they have painful stools...will decide never to poop again ! it's amazing how long they can hold it. also if you can get them to move easier and maintain that ...they will slowly forget and it becomes less of an issue....also used reward system if he was able to go....he now says " I pooped....can I have some ice cream just experiment with different things...every child is unique.....keep us posted

 
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Re: Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

Hi- My son suffered from constipation for many years. I took him to the doctor and they gave him Miralax and suppositories. These only provided temporary relief, but did not get at the core root of the problem. He wasn't getting enough fiber in his diet. And once they have all that poop backed up in there, its hard to get things moving again. So I started giving him vegetables and fruit and gave very little amount of pizza, meats, bread, potatoes, milk, bananas and carrots, which are all constipating foods. Also I gave him prune juice when he would drink it. At the same time, I gave him some drops of Dr Schultz Intestinal Formula #3,

I suggest you do your own research. That took care of the problem. Now if he has a problem I just give him either the liquid or the pills. It doesn't work like a laxative it works naturally with your body. The person isn't able to hold it in. Just make sure that you're near a toilet.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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Re: Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

My son Wesley has several disabilities and one of the issues in addition has been constipation, he is now almost 21.. One thing that has worked very well at points such as these it to not only increase the Miralax but also to do a 3 day liquid diet. However you should also in my opinion contact her doctor and see a GI doc as well!. My sons condition turned out to be a disorder not even connected to his other disabilities. But because many children with disabilities do have problems it was not diagnosed until he was 14 when they places a cecostomy tube.

 
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Old 05-25-2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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we adopted 2 special needs.....1 with a rare skin disorder called eb....very sensitive skin, causes blisters. He is now 10 and just starting to go without huge issues. our pediatrician recommended miralax which works great....as long as we could get him to take it. it's tasteless,colorless....but does cause a little bit of texture difference in the liquid. also found chewable tabs fruit flavored but didn't work very well. Pancakes work the best for us.....his favorite food....will eat really well which kicks the digestive system in gear alot of truth in if they have painful stools...will decide never to poop again ! it's amazing how long they can hold it. also if you can get them to move easier and maintain that ...they will slowly forget and it becomes less of an issue....also used reward system if he was able to go....he now says " I pooped....can I have some ice cream just experiment with different things...every child is unique.....keep us posted
you can put Miralax in pudding as well! I found it helped alot when my son was little to do that! you can put it in almost anything as long as they will eat or drink it!

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:03 PM   #7
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If you have been giving her miralax for several days and she isn't going, she could very well be impacted. I would call the GI and get an xray of her belly to be sure. It happened to my son and he developed megacolon. Not fun.

 
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I agree with FloridaMommy. All kinds of problems can develop from long term constipation including tearing of the rectum when they finally do go the bathroom, not to mention whats going on deep inside. Miralax is not meant to be used for long term use, although some doctors use it that way. Its supposed to just be a help to get things moving. For children with special needs where constipation is a continual problem, parents can work together with their GI doctors to resolve what the cause of the constipation is. For example, my child has Down Syndrome and so therefore his intestinal tract is so tiny he has problems pushing the poop out. So I try to make sure he has tons of liquids and absolutely NO constipating foods. With autistic children, I don't know, if it was my child I would probably go to a GI, make sure everything is OK structurally. Then I would go to a specialist that works with children with autistic needs to see if they have worked with this problem before. If that didn't work, maybe I would go to a child psychologist that has worked with autistic children to see if they had any ideas for toileting issues. As a mom, I have had to keep pushing to get what I need for my child, then I have to figure out what works best for MY child. Every child is different and you must figure out what works best with yours. My child responds best to music. He has never been able to tolerate eating much. So I practically stand on my head to get him to eat, singing his favorite songs. But now he's so engrossed watching me, he forgets that he's eating as I'm stuffing it in as fast as I can. What we as parents do to help our children! I sympathize with all you out there, and commend you also for all the wonderful work I know you are doing with your children.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:19 AM   #9
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Re: Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

Best ever things for constipation:

1.) lansoyl (jelly) - the only medicine ingredient is Mineral Oil. This stuff coats the intestines with oil & manages to get around the hard stool, lubricating the intestines for easier bowel movement.

2.) Blanched, sliced almonds. Toast them in the oven on a cookie sheet until golden brown. This works like a charm & tastes amazing! I give my son a cup or two (sometime as much as he'll eat) Almonds are so high in fibre, this should help within 12-24 hrs.

Good Luck :-)

 
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:53 PM   #10
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Re: Constipation 7 year old Autism please help

my son has the same issue his doctor put hi on lactalose 1tsp every other day and its been a god send my son does not sit well on the potty he crosses his legs and arches off the potty so this helps him go without all the rigamarole

 
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:53 PM   #11
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My daughter is Autistic and has had constipation issues since she was a baby. Her peditrician put her on Miralax and i have been giving that to her as needed. Recently this week she has been having a hard time pooping she doesnt want pants or underwear on she crosses her legs with goosebumps and grunts but nothing happens or she lies on her stomach. She keeps having a little poop on her butt and now her butt is red and sore and i just had to sit her in the bath so she could relax. I gave her miralax for the past few days and even increased it and she isnt pooping. I gave her no Miralax yet today and like i said i let her sit in the bath cause her butt hurts. She is potty trained except when he gets contipated like this. Someone help??
My son has this problem. He was finally DXed with colonic inertia. Basically what happens is the stool that is hard stays in the colon and so there is seepage that comes out as liquid. He is on Miralax twice a day. There is a surgery that he will probably have for this but not until he is a little older. (He is 11). Look into it. It is common for children with autism spectrum disorders to have digestive issues.

 
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My son Wesley has several disabilities and one of the issues in addition has been constipation, he is now almost 21.. One thing that has worked very well at points such as these it to not only increase the Miralax but also to do a 3 day liquid diet. However you should also in my opinion contact her doctor and see a GI doc as well!. My sons condition turned out to be a disorder not even connected to his other disabilities. But because many children with disabilities do have problems it was not diagnosed until he was 14 when they places a cecostomy tube.
I agree I thought at first it was only poor diet, but the GI told us he has a disease called colonic inertia, which basically affects the colons ability to move the stool out. There is nothing you can do but take miralax, however there is a surgery and maybe when he gets older we will look into that.

 
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #13
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My son has autistic symptoms (no diagnosis) constipation & diarrhea. He had food allergy since infancy and GI issues. After I put him on GAPS diet (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) his autistic symptoms disappeared and his bowels are regular. Try it. It's all natural and works wonders. Good luck!

 
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My son with special needs has had constipation problems off and on since he was born, but I just keep on trying to find things that will help him. When he was born they said his digestive system was fine structurally, so I think sometimes our bodies are missing a little something, esp. in children with special needs. So recently I saw in the grocery store a product called Kefir(a probiotic drink) for helping enzymes in the digestive tract. Its different from yogurt- it has more of the raw probiotics that our digestive tract needs. I started giving it to him a couple months ago, and within about a week of giving it to him, he started going the bathroom normally! But then he liked it so much, I think I gave him too much, and he started getting diaherra. So now I have learned to regulate it, and he has been regular ever since! A big plus is he loves it! I alternate it with fruit shakes so he doesn't get tired of it. It comes in different flavors, like strawberry, blueberry, etc. I hope this helps someone else also.
On a side note, now he's eating again that the constipation is gone! AND he's been off the Miralax ever since.

 
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:13 AM   #15
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This is very old thread, but I still going to post, for those who will stop by later.

Start with some kind of stool softener, the stool must have compacted by now. Make sure he is drinking enough water, more the better in slow sips than gulping down 8oz.

Discontinue Miralax. Long term use are associated with pancreatitis. Look up on the web. There is a page of FDA's website as well.

Buy Magnesium citrate tablets. I use Vitamin Shoppe 200mg tablets, but powder is fine too (Its cheaper). Start slowly, first day 50mg twice a day, second day 100mg twice a day, third day 100mg 3 times a day, and so on. Make sure you inform the pediatrician about this. These doses should not create any issue as it is, but you never know with our ASD kids. (That said, DS takes almost 400mg + daily. I use Trace X Magnesium Mineral supplement. DS likes the taste.)
Pediatrician's involvement is necessary, because Magnesium is a divalent salt, which may interfere with calcium signalling causing cardiac issues. Not known for small doses, but better safe than sorry.

In about a week or so if you keep ramping up the magnesium doses, you should notice him going for BMs. Continue those doses for a while. We have been taking it for more than a year now.

Once BMs are regularised, use psyllium seed powder on daily basis with apple sauce, NOT husk powder. I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs, but their shipping charges are equivalent to daytime robbery. You can use others. It acts as a broom in the gut, so it will not only help with BMs but whatever is sticking in there will be escorted out. Plus, when psyllium seed powder is partially digested by the gut flora, it produces something called as butyrate, which has anti inflammatory action, necessary for our kids' gut.

Consider supplementing with good quality probiotics like Nexabiotics, Probiotic-3, VSL#3 (we use all of these, VSL#3, once a week). Eventually, BMs will be regular. And my rule of thumb is DS must poop at least one a day, more the better, as long as it is equal to diarrhea.

 
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