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PLEASE HELP MY SON CAN'T GO # 2

Brigit - posted on 10/13/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My youngest son Age 10 has an issue with severe constipation, our health insurance was canceled and I have been giving him fiber, fruits etc. He has such huge bowl movements that he can't pass so consequently he leaks little at a time. I want to give him a laxative or something. any thoughts? HELP!

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Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2010

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we use milk of magnism. there is no stimulant in it. the trick is you have to give it every day for a long period of time because you need to get him regular and also shrink his bowl down to a normal size. my son would sometimes go a week with out going. You might need to use an enema to get moving

Rhonda - posted on 10/13/2010

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My daughter had the same problem when she was little ,her gastro dr told me to use mineral oil.I used to give her 2 tablespoons at night i would mix it in a pudding cup,hope this helps

Marnie - posted on 11/02/2010

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Peter Gilhams' Natural Calm. it's a great nutritional supplement that can help with relaxing gastro system which is also linked with stress/anxiety..they have a child's formula....I highly recommend!

Evelin - posted on 10/19/2010

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Poor baby! My son has dealt with this for about six years now. First, you should try to find the root of the problem, many food sensitivities cause severe constipation. For us it was a combination of lactose intolerance and a sensitivity to gluten. Second, while laxatives such as Miralax, and stool softeners/suppositories are a good short term solution, you don't want to provide your child with it, every time he/she has problems. Long-term this can cause loss of bowel control as the sphincter (fancy term for valve) will lose its muscle control. Also you might look into a more holistic or natural approach. My sister in law is a nutritionist and she helped my son a great deal by ordering us some probiotics...available over the counter and can really do the trick. Again, I can't stress how important it is to find the root of the problem. If you cannot get to a doctor to do the proper testing (i.e. Gluten panel/Celiac's) then do a little detective work yourself. Cut things out one a time until you find the culprit. Say for one month, go gluten free, or for one month go lactose free...We've done all of the above and thankfully Andre now goes regularly and with little or no difficulty. :) Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 10/13/2010

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I have heard raw pumkin helps.. at least thats what my GF says she used on her kids :)

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Michelle - posted on 11/02/2010

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Black grapes work!! Omg my daughter ate a handful when she was 3-4 and pooped alot. I've never used a laxative on the kids. When i was young my doctor prescribed me something dont know wat it is but it made my poop softer. When my daughter was young she had intersusception and Meckels so i dont know, we have to watch her poop too!!

Jenny - posted on 10/20/2010

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she drinks a lot of water. We have to make sure that she doesn't over hydrate. When she is anxious she wants to drink also. She is 6 1/2 years old.

Susan - posted on 10/20/2010

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Miralax. My 6 year old has been on it for two years. I just keep monitoring his bowel movements, if it becomes too soft, then we skip a day. I have had three different Dr.s say it's the safest product around and they have no worries for him being on it long term. You can try him on it for a few months and then skip a dose every once in a while to see if he body has take over the process. Make sure he drinks plenty of fluids every day.

Jenny - posted on 10/20/2010

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She was prescribed by her doctor. She was on Benifiber bt that wasn't working so thats when her doctor prescribed prescription Miralax. She has to have some what loose stools to be able to have bowel movements.

Iridescent - posted on 10/20/2010

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Exact same here, Jenny! Miralax is non-habit forming, does not go into the blood at all so cannot cause harm (although it can cause diarrhea from too much). My daughter needs a daily dose, and has for a year now. Those were the reasons it was prescribed. While many medications require higher and higher doses to be effective, and can wreck the colon as Evelin stated, this is not one of them. If you're treating constipation on your own, and it's a frequent problem, please contact your doctor because you can destroy the function of the colon if done wrong.

Jenny - posted on 10/20/2010

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Betty my daughter is on the same thing. She takes it everyday. We have tried skipping a day or two but then gets constipated again. She has mild spastic quad CP.

Bonnie - posted on 10/20/2010

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pay attention when you see him pushing, lay him down and gently squeeze the poop out with your gentle fingers ... you gently squeeze the outter part of his rectum. This is what I do for my little one when he is having a hard time passing the poop out of his tiny rectum.



i give him water, prune and those two work. i hope this helps.

Betty - posted on 10/20/2010

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Brigit: When my son was about three (he is now almost ten) he was so constipated and had such a time bming I took him to a specialist. From it came a rather miracle worker for us: Miralax. At the time is was not on the market, but it is now. He is on the prescription kind (as needed): Polyethylene Glycol 3350 NF. For over a year he was on it each day, but not so now. I have learned when he needs it. Really, this CHANGED his life and mine. Check with your physician. I hope this will help your son and you. Best.

Beverly - posted on 10/20/2010

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try giving him q stool softner my daughter is in a wheel chair and with limited movement she does the same thing. She is 15 now and I take her to the bathroom she is still in diapers but I still take her lot easier clean up if you no what I mean. I except she will always wear diapers hope it helps it helped her

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i use miralax for my son and daughter who suffers from gastroparesis. i also use pediasure with fiber.thru the GI doc they deliver straight to my door

Sabrina - posted on 10/17/2010

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My 1 year old has MKD and she has a hard time pooping and we tried everything from over the counter to prunes. The only thing that worked really well for her is this food called "Buddy fruits" its a pouch with apple sauce like contents with 100% fruit and it helps her poop within 5 minutes. I give her one in the morning and 1 an hour before bed time. Its so hard to give her medication with her being so young but there are a lot of foods and drinks that can also work as a stool softner to make it easier to poop.

Terri - posted on 10/16/2010

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Sadly I have had to deal with this a ton...
Enemas yet if he has had it for a while YOU May need to do one.. then do another soon like even 2 in one day!!!
The supositorys are a help too... Just have him get in a warm bath tub of water as much as you can.. IT helps to draw water to the poo....
But ya.. that sucks.. My little bug wont go cuz it hurts.. then I give him meds.. and you ge the liquid that is getting past the HARD Stool inside him....
Good luck hun!!!!
Make sure he is drinking water too!!

Ginger - posted on 10/16/2010

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I give my daughter prune juice. I mix it with other juice because she does not like the taste but it seems to keep her stools soft as she stays really constipated because she will not eat hardly anything but protein rich foods! My ped told me that apple juice can also cause constipation.

Jenny - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter is on Miralax every day. I found it works best with her if she takes it in the morning. I mix it in her milk.

Brigit - posted on 10/15/2010

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Thank you Lisa, that's some good input. I would like to find something natural and effective, I will look into that Thanks again!

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Magnesium will loosen his bowels. I order mine from Natural Calm. It comes in different flavors. Caro Syrup will also help. Sugar is a natural laxative. Fiber ALWAYS blocks us up tight. Oatmeal and rasin bran like stuff is murder on me. So I stay away. Another thing is okra. Search for natural remedies. If ya start the chemial laxatives his body will get used to them and require more and more to get the same results. Also mineral oil is good. Good luck.

Brigit - posted on 10/13/2010

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I was contemplating an enema, I was going to get the over the counter ones and just empty him out then start a routine of some kinda fiber drink each day. My poor son is so frustrated, embarrassed, that when I had told him I was considering an enema I explained to him that if he didn't cooperate and keep to the routine I was trying to keep him on, that I would have to give him an enema. I thought if I explained the process he would apt to avoid going through it. He said to me "Mom please I want one, I just want to get it out of me" ....
I appreciate all this great feedback. I am so glad I joined the circle.

Iridescent - posted on 10/13/2010

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We use Miralax, a 1/6 adult dose per day, to keep our 3 year old regular and her stools soft/normal. Talk to your doctor (over the phone) as it's a relatively inexpensive over the counter med.

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