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Old 01-04-2003, 11:39 AM   #1
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Just trying to get help for my 11 year old niece. She has had problems with her bowels since she was an infant. The only time she can go is with ennemas, once in awhile she can go on her own, but very rare. My sister has taken her to specialists, but they can not find anything wrong. I am praying that someone else has some good advice.


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Old 01-04-2003, 11:59 AM   #2
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She may not be drinking enough water. Set a timer every hour and have her drink a glass of water, not soda pop.

Using a little water in lower part of colon is o.k. not very much at any one time. Nutrients will be washed out otherwise which the child needs.

Is she eating plenty of roufage, fiber in her diet?
If not, then she should include lots of fiber along with lots of water. Fiber with little water will only make a person constipated, but with plenty of water it helps to eliminate.

If she was given high enemas all her life it may have
caused her to lose the natural urge of the colon to have a movement, therefore stools just keep stacking up.


Old 01-07-2003, 05:16 AM   #3
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can i ask u how old was she when the problem started as my daughter is 3....and also has a lot of seapage with it and is still in nappys....did she have seapage and was she in nappys at the time?

Old 01-07-2003, 04:56 PM   #4
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I think my sister noticed the problem when she was trying to potty train her, my sister said she had problems as a baby too. Not sure of sepage though, but i know she has sepage now. Hopefully your little one will not have to go through what my niece is.

Old 01-31-2003, 11:41 AM   #5
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when my daughter has enimas and laxatives, they do not work so she has 2 have klean-prep's 2 empty her bowels, every basically she is in pain 4 a month till the hospital can empty her bowels 4 her

Old 01-31-2003, 10:54 PM   #6
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Milwaukee childrens hospital has a special clinic dealing with constipation. Why not check this out and drop them a line or call them to see if they can't help. [url=""][/url] This is the main link to Childrens hospital and more info and phone numbers can be found there

Old 03-16-2003, 12:42 PM   #7
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Shamefully, I'm glad I found this post. Not because of the problem, but to know I wasn't the only one.

I've had bowel problems since I was a baby. I'm a person who has always preferred fluids to food, yet I still get plenty of both. I find that the only time I seem to get a regular movement is when I'm eating 'terrible' foods and up until my teens, I would be lucky to get a movement once a week if not once a fortnight.
These days it's about once every 3-5 days and while that may not be normal to some people, it's normal for me. The thing I find helps when nothing else including all-bran, metamucil and the like, has been licorice.
It's a staple in my diet and while I've never been checked out to see what's wrong, I know it's not normal, but it's something I inherited from my mother.

Does she like licorice? I don't take it all the time, so I don't worry about being reliant on it, I need something either way. The tablet form of laxatives should only be used in 'emergency'.

She may find her bowels settle down heading towards adulthood, other than that, I'm not sure what can be done and would be interested in some good suggestions other than metamucil, fruit and veg in a diet as I'm one of those 'nothing works' (except licorice) cases.

Old 03-17-2003, 05:41 AM   #8
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My son is 8 and has chronic constipation since he was an infant. We have been to a number of specialists. Even had an MRI of his spine done. One specialist said his bowls were distended from the chronic constipation and that "training" them would help. Milk of Magnesia 2Xs a day. We also instituted a 10 minute (whether you need it or not) rule. After breakfast and dinner - he does "his 10 minutes." He has to sit for 10 minutes. We have had good success with this combo MOM and routine. At least he is not having constant accidents or bloody stools from constipation! The doctor tried to move him to Miralax from the MOM but he seems to need the stimulant properties of MOM. He also has poor sensory integration generally, and I wonder if this is just another aspect of that.

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Thanks for all your replies, I just told my neice that their are other people out there like her and I think it made her feel better. She is getting more bowel movements maybe once every week, so thats alot better. Hopefully as she gets older shw will go more. Once again THANK YOU!!

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Hi everybody

I'm Martin. See my reply to GlitterFairy


Old 07-06-2003, 01:28 PM   #11
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I'm another example of how using a "harmless" laxative on a regular basis can cause more problems than it seems to solve. For about two years, I took Milk of Magnesia two or three nights a week with the belief it was keepeng me regular. Needless to say, it sure made me go alright and I thought it was cleaning my system. After a while though, it slowly stopped working as well and I then did reading on how the colon can come to depend on laxatives and even develop a tolerance. I stopped the Milk of Magnesia and then started taking Metamucil every day. Maybe it's also because of the change in stool form created by the Metaucil but I often needed a glycerin supp. to make me go and suspect I had deveoped a lazy bowel. Now, I hardly ever need to use the supps to help me go and it seems I'm ever so slowly getting back to normal.

Old 07-07-2003, 03:27 AM   #12
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Milk of Magnesia is considered to be a laxative and like all laxatives, can be habit forming, so much so that it can be very hard to have a BM without its use. It can also alter the acid/alkaline balance of the stomach, which is not good either.

It is such as shame that a child so young should need to take Milk of Magnesia on a daily basis. If they can't have a successful BM without it now, then the problems of adulthood will just be ten times worse. Try and sort this out now rather than later to prevent further suffering.

Old 07-07-2003, 05:55 AM   #13
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I'm going to take a stab in the dark here and assume that some of you with bowel problems have had either vaccinations as infants or rounds of antibiotics at some point in life, sometimes also as infants or toddlers.

If that is the case (it was the case with me), then the intestinal flora in the colon gets all out of whack, and the good bacteria needed for good elimination gets destroyed. What is then needed is a good probiotic supplement to replace those good bacteria.

The best one I have ever tried is called Primal Defense. I used to order it off the web but now it is available at any Vitamin Shoppe.

The clear advantage here is that the product is completely natural and will not cause your bowel to become lazy or dependent, but will help it to work properly on it's own. It will also help to detox whatever pollution has been collecting in your colon so far, and eliminate it.

Rather than stick with artificial chemicals like Milk Of Magnesia and whatnot, this is certainly more than worth your while to at least try.

Old 07-23-2003, 05:22 PM   #14
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One thing that helps alot is flax seeds, grind them up in a coffee grinder and take 2 tbsp on your bran cereal or mixed in with something everyday. Lots of water to, I have had a problem all my life to and so does the rest of my family but the flax seeds and bran does help, include flax seed bread to. Don't take Psyllium it absorbs the free water in your colon and leaves the colon dehydrated which in turn constipated.

Old 07-30-2003, 03:41 PM   #15
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I just read an article the other day about psyllium and it did talk about it being constipating for some people.......I am one of them. I'm just starting on the Flax Seed. I am soaking it all day long to soften them as I do not have a grinder yet. I drink approx 1 1/2 Tbsp along with the water I soaked it in. It seems to be helping some.

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