Stacey - posted on 07/18/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
Our daughter will be 4 in the fall, and has been diagnosed with severe global development delay too...speech being the most obvious thing. However, our bigger concern is with her HUGE anxiety over allowing herself to have a bowel movement. We have her on all the usual laxative/fiber/dietary regimes and have ruled out any real physiological reason for this. We believe it is likely physcological, but can't seem to get any help with this. She will honestly clench her bum so tight when she senses a BM coming on that her little body arches, and and she puts her hands on the wall and manages to say "no,no....no" until the feeling passes. Usually a little bit comes out though....enough to create the smell/mess just enough to need a change of pullup. Makes it really difficult to be out in public like this though, but more worried about teasing that will come once school begins for her) Doesn't seem to notice if/when she does soil herself....even in plastic training pants. Unfortunately, she isn't able to verbally tell us what the full nature of the problem is because of her speech delay, so we are taking our best guess at this. The drs haven't helped...they say to keep the "draino" in her (yes he called it that...to refer to laxative) to the degree each day such that she has no choice BUT to go. I don't like the idea of this...but the alternative is terrible..'withholds' up to a week...and by that time, she has caused herself huge discomfort.
Anybody have any suggestions? Resources? Links? Books?
Guess you can tell we are desperate for help...it has been over a year of this now...
Trying to hang in there...this is so tough...