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Old 05-31-2005, 01:03 AM   #1
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potty trouble 11 year old

Seems my child who is 11 has always had some difficulty going number two its always huge (hes clogged many of a toliet) and his butt bleeds when he goes I took him to the dr and she said he needs to change his diet which is like asking him to get a shot his dad isent around anymore and I recall him having difficulties with number 2 also and he ate healthy so for some reason I dont believe thats the problem I even started him on fiber pills and still no success its gotten so everytime he goes now I have to plunge the toliet any suggestions to help my poor child have a normal poo?


Old 06-02-2005, 06:38 AM   #2
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

My son went through the same exact thing. Poop so big I was shocked that it actually came out of his body! My son has other issues, he's autistic and he was holding it inside. My ped gave me a powdered laxative to mix in his drink but he refused to drink it. I couldn't change his diet because it's so limited due to the autism. I also had to plunge the toilet after he would finally go. The good news is that the problem is gone. He just started to go more frequently and stopped holding it in. He's non-verbal so I can't tell you why he would hold it in.

I know this probably doesn't help because your son isn't autistic. Is he afraid to move his bowels? Is he waiting too long or does he go when he has too. I would call his ped again if it continues. The poor kid, he must be in alot of pain.


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Old 06-02-2005, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

I know he always dreads going because he doesent like to stop the toliet up I guess its embarrassing but I dont know if he holds it I don't think he does I am so glad your childs problem has cleared up thanks for replying I was beginning to wonder if anyone was going to reply we had a talk and hes going to try to start eating more fruits hes refuses to eat veggies and I am not going to force him but if eating more fruits doesent help my ped recommended sending him to a specialist thanks again for your reply


Old 06-02-2005, 01:40 PM   #4
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

I apologize for not responding sooner. I did read your post but I hestitated to respond because I have started sounding like the poop authority on

I have 2 daughters, 10 & 5. Both girls have had abnormally large bowel movements for a long time. My 10 yr old is forever clogging the toilet.. When I took one to the doctor (for Chronic UTI's) we were referred to a Gastro-Enterologist. He explained that even if the child has regular bowel movements (which my girls always have) they are still considered constipated if the child's stool is large and hard.
He went on to explain that the colon adjusts to the large size and doesn't know how
to make a smaller stool. He prescribed Milk of Magnesia for my daughter. It allows
the stool to be passed easier (MUCH softer) without the danger of her becoming addicted to a laxative. She has been on it about 6 weeks and what a difference!!!! The doctor said that it will take her body at least 3-4 months for the
colon to adjust back down so that she can have smaller bowel movements. AND she
has been bladder infection free after 18 months of trying to figure out the cause of the infections. (The large stools were blocking her urethras).
The other thing that I would suggest to you is WATER. I can't stress enough how important water is in prevention of so many things. But, part of the reason that the
stool is large and hard in the first place is that the longer the stool stays in the colon,
the more the colon absorbs the water from the stool. Vicious circle.
I wish you the best with your son. It took alot of experimentation for my daughter to get the MofM down. Since your son is older maybe he can handle the pills or the chewables. Good luck!!! MsTwiddle

Old 06-02-2005, 01:51 PM   #5
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

its funny i bought him milk of magnesia and he refuses to touch it yesterday I got him some fiber choice hard candy all this stuff is breaking me up 10 bucks for that stuff I am going to tell you a story you will get a kick out of one time I couldnt get the toliet unclogged heaven forbid I had to call my landlord he got it unstopped and saved in a bag what he said clogged it oh my gosh he said it was clay and that my son must have flushed toy clay or play dough down the toliet thats how hard it was I like you all cannot believe that something so hard and huge comes out of my child its unbelieveable he delays pooping because of it guess I will have to try the m of m tablets he swallows pills just fine thanks so so much for your advice our childrens pain is always our pain


Old 06-03-2005, 09:44 AM   #6
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

Fiber and water, fiber and water!
I have told my kid that when the poop is really big she needs to come and fine me before flushing so I can break it up (sorry, it is messy but better than clogging a complete toilet!).
Your son might be old enough to have a choice between adjusting his diet or making sure his poop isn't so big that it clogs the system (in other words: get in the potty and break it up in smaller pieces... wash hand wash hands wash hands...) I am sure he will opt for the fiber and water! LOL
It is funny because talking about what to do with real big poop is almost more difficult than talking about where babies come from! Your child will be embarrassed but he might be even more embarrased if the landlord needs to come in everytime he uses the bathroom...
If you buy any laxative pills for him, be sure to not get stimulant ones, as these will be addictive and cause lazy bowels. If he'd rather eat pills than fiber rich food get simple fiber pills (the bowel board has many many many posts on those). BUT pills are more difficult to absorb than the fiber in food...

My daughter suffers from chronic constipation since birth, eld you might not be the only one who knows more about poop than you really care for (lol)


Old 06-03-2005, 08:10 PM   #7
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

Do they have any type of stool softener for children? I know they do for adults, but they should for kids too, no?

Old 06-04-2005, 07:27 AM   #8
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old


Depends on where you live..but in the USA you can buy Milk of Magnesia or Lactulose over the counter. And any fiber supplement. Any pharmacist should be able to advise you.

You can also buy dulcolax (which is bisacodyl) or sennacot (which is Senna) but both are stimulants which you may not want to use if a doc didn't tell you. MOM makes stool softer and therefore easier to poop out, stimulants stimulate the bowels and force poop out. My daughter always throws up from stimlulants because it gives her these collicky intestines for hours and hours.
You can also buy magnesium citrate which will stimluate the bowels...


Old 06-21-2005, 06:17 AM   #9
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

and while you are at it, look up soiling and chronic constipation and megacolon. It is almost funny but there is a lot of information available but it can be hard to find. It took my gastro about 6 months to tell me my daughters trouble actually had the name encopresis, but by that time I had figured that one out by myself!
Knapp, you have any kids with this trouble?

Old 06-22-2005, 09:04 AM   #10
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

WOW! I didn't know there was a name for it! My 8 yr old has had this problem since he was at least 5 - the largest things you've ever seen (well ya'll apparently have since you are writing this post). We keep a plunger in the bathroom. But I do notice that he holds it and we have to tell him - GO! Have done the MOM and everything else. Actually had to have his hole enlarged when he was a baby for anal stenosis. Not sure if that plays into the whole mess.
He has done alot better this year. I make him eat 5 grapes a day - it's like his vitamin. And I am making him drink alot more water. His teacher actually had each one of her students have a bottle at their desk this year (something about water or hydration helps a brain think better).
But there are still times that I have to tell him to go! Very interesting to know that the colon has probably gotten larger thus causing the vicious cycle.
Keep posting any possible solutions as you come across them for the rest of us moms standing with plungers!!!

Old 07-17-2005, 06:07 AM   #11
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

Ladies, My name is Ginny and I too live with a PLUNGER in my hand!! I have a 10 year old boy with the SAME problem!! I think he's had it since he's been out of diapers. It makes my husband nuts because when the toilet get's plugged and he's home I call for him! We've never taken him to the doctor for this problem because we thought it was just him holding it in too long. They now have these new THINGS on the market. I call them things because they changed their names. What our/my parents used to call Prunes, now they call PLUMS. They have them in a CHERRY flavor that is out of this world!! Sunkist makes them. I myself take way too many meds and they "slow" my system down so I start everyday with about 5 of these. My son will eat one of these every once in awhile. Do they sell MoM in a childrens dose or will the pharmacist know how much to give them? I think I'll try that and see what happens. I think for him it's the embarassment of it as well as the pain and discomfort maybe. It seems SO simple, just go potty! THANKS for all the GREAT tips.

Old 09-26-2005, 08:35 AM   #12
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Re: potty trouble 11 year old

My 12 year old daughter has lived with this for a couple of years too. Her doctor prescribed a laxative which she refuses to take. I add fiber to her oatmeal, instant breakfast drinks, anything I think I can sneek it into. Last night she came downstairs with a bag. I almost cried. She hates so much getting her Dad and I to plung, she placed a sack over the toliet seat to poop. It broke my heart to think of her going through this. I thought I'd check out this forum before calling the doctor again. She begs me not to call. So I'll get MOM and we'll start today.
Thanks everyone, I didn't know so many other children suffer from this.

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