Paramita Saha - posted on 11/08/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )




My daughter is 4 years old. For the past 1 week she is not willing to go to the toilet herself because of fear of pain while passing stool. If I force her to sit, she starst screaming and crying. So I tried Dulcoflex glycerine suppository and she got relieved. Again she is constipated for the second time in that week. I again gave her the suppository Iam not sure as to how many times or how much safe is it to use this medicine in a 4 year old. Please suggest me what best I can do. Thankyou. Paramita Saha Talukdar


Suzi - posted on 05/13/2015




The notion of laxative use leading to dependency has been largely discredited (its based on faulty research early in the 20th century). And in the words of Dr Mike Levitt "you can use suppositories every day if you need to, without concern".
But it shouldn't be necessary!

You need to attack this problem from all angles. Make sure she's not just eating and drinking healthily, but getting exercise (not necessarily sports, just walking more). But also: work hard to get the message across to her that it's not healthy to withhold excrement, that she has to do a smelly on the lavatory one or two times every day, to stay healthy. And taht if she can't, she'll need a suppository or enema - that's the motivating factor!

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