My 3 year old is having bowel problems.

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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When she has a bowel movement, sometimes its really large and hard, then it becomes soft and it will cause her bottom to look burnt and she says it hurts. Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/19/2011

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she may go days without having a bowel movement, then passes something that is very large, then it's squishy for a few days. she has been like this since she was an infant. once she has a bowel movement, her bottom looks as if it has been burnt and she says it hurts. regular diaper rash products do not clear it up. however i found that miconazole does.

Erin - posted on 10/18/2011

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What do you mean by 'sometimes'? If you're talking once every few weeks, I'd say it's associated with her diet. If it's several times a week, get her to a doctor.

My 2.5yo daughter has had chronic constipation since March this year (just after she toilet-trained). Constipation in toddlers and young children is a vicious cycle, and very very hard to treat. All it takes is for them to have one hard or difficult BM and they will start holding it to avoid the pain and discomfort. Then it just gets harder.

Increase her water and fibre intake, and decrease milk, banana and white bread/pasta/rice until you get your doctor's advice.

Jennifer - posted on 10/18/2011

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the things is, she has had this problem since she was an infant. when she was a baby she would make a squealing noise when she would have a bowel movement. So, I don't think that it is food of any sort because she was only on formula then

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This usually happens when my son is constipated. Not to sound to gross but she may just be backed up and the softer BM just hasn't had a chance to firm up. Keep track of what she is eating and make sure she is eating a balanced diet. For my son it usually happens if he eats too much protein and carbs and not enough fruits and veggies.

Krista - posted on 10/18/2011

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The only thing I can suggest is to keep a diary of every single thing that she eats, and then note what her BMs looked like that day. You may start seeing certain patterns of certain BMs caused by certain types of food.

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