Anyone experience really bad poops?

Angela - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is now 20 months old, he has really painful large bowel movements. I have had to use enema's as he won't push the poop out. He is on a gluten free diet as the doctors believe this is the cause however after 16 months of gluten free he is still having issues. One bowel movement per day, normally while in a warm bath but he screams, cries, and fights the pushing. His father and I are ready to take him to a large children's hospital as his poops are too big (width and length) for his little body. Can anyone help? Any advice would be great!

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Angela - posted on 06/25/2011

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We changed his milk months ago due to going gluten free, so he is on a soy based gluten free milk. He doesn't get any bread products, never has due to gluten allergy. Thats why we are at a crossroads on what to do to help him. Just waiting on getting into a specialist..... thanks for all the comments appreciate it!

Lise - posted on 06/24/2011

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I second the comment about dairy. Look at the foods he's eating - bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast are all common toddler foods and very constipating. My daughter is dairy-free and drinks coconut milk, so there is an added benefit of coconut being a natural laxative.

If I were you, I would DEFINITELY see the doc. I would also look more into changing his diet than using anything artificial or medicinal (personal choice).

Angela - posted on 06/24/2011

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Thanks for the idea's, the ER doctor gave us a medicine to try and I am going to the family doctor to get a referall to a specialist. We have tried raisins, they don't work for him. I have also tried high fiber but he only gets more clogged. Its not that he can't poop its the poop that is too big for his poor little bum. Guess we'll have to wait on the doctors to figure it out. :(

Kara - posted on 06/22/2011

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1/4 cap full of Miralax in his bottle every night. One of my sons had the same thing. His pediatrician recommended it. If a 1/4 cap doesn't start to work over a few days increase it to a lil more. It is a powder that you pick up in the laxative isle at the grocery store. IT WORKS!!!!!

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my son had bad poops before, not the same bad though. he would goes days w/out a poop and then it would be hard and he'd scream. sometimes his but would bleed too, it was awful to watch. we added more fiber to his diet...oatmeal when we can and fiber gummies. also, he loves raisins but we limit how much dried fruit we give him because it takes from the moisture in their bodies. we also encourage lots of water drinking.

if after 16 months of gluten free diet he is still having these issues then i doubt gluten was the problem. what about dairy? that can plug kids up. if you still breastfeed, maybe try increasing the breastmilk - natural laxative properties.

i really recommend the fiber gummies though, my son will be 2 in a couple weeks and we've been giving him the gummies for months now. he poops at least once a day and they are not painful.

Hayley - posted on 06/22/2011

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iv neva heard of anything like this bless him i would take him to the hospital as well hope he feels better soon xx

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