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Posted by Mary on October 19, 2000 at 12:35:04:

In Reply to: Saggy Bowel posted by wendy on October 18, 2000 at 08:32:39:

: i hope someone out there can help me. i have a six year old boy, first year in school, he has a problem that has been called "saggy bowel syndrome". my understanding of this is that the bowel has stretched due to constipation. i have had him on various softeners and laxatives, (ever tried to give a five year old some of these disgusting medicines). his fibre intake is as good as any. the advice i have been given is to give him a suppository every day, you can imagine how pleased he is at this. when he does have this suppository he is going to the toilet and having accidents for several days. we are at the stage where he doesn't even want to go to the toilet to try, the result is severeal accidents.

: my concern is that he may have permanent damage to his bowel. would this be considered IBS. If anyone has any suggestions i would be most grateful.
: wendy

I am not sure how this would work with a 6 year old but younger children are given karo syup in there milk for bowel problems. You could try this. Also ask your doctor about using Milk of Magnesia. You can add this to milk and then put in chocolate sauce for "chocolate" milk to help disquise the taste. I really think you should reconsult your childs doctor on all of this though so that they can be sure there is nothing new going on with your son and to have the doctor set up a good treatment plan for you. The one trick with awful tasting meds is to try to figure out how to disguise them if they do work. Putting liquid stool softners in a pleasant tasting juice is one idea as well as using orange juice for those who take things like citrucel. MOM as I said goes well in chocolate flavored milk. DSS or DSS+ capsules can be pricked with a pin and the contents squeezed into applesauce or pudding. Those capsules also soften up nicely in sauce or pudding so that they are amost a jelly consistency if you let them sit for 10 minutes in the sauce. I have listed all these suggestions as I am sure there are more parents out there who could use suggestions on how to get someone to take medications. Most medications can be crushed , opened or whatever so long as it is not an enteric (candy type) coated pill.

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