Pooping in pants, constipation, and laxatives for a 5 year old? HELP!!

Roberta - posted on 01/20/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is going to be 5 next month and she has been pooping in her pants her entire life. I have taken her to the doctor because of constipation before and he gave us laxaday. She is on a TABLESPOON a day and its making her poop but when she does 9 times out of 10 its in her pants. She pooped in the potty everyday for a month straight adn i thought we were past this but then it was like a switch shut off and she went back to pooping in her pants, and to make it worse she is now not telling anyone she just takes off her underwear and hides it in different places with poop in it. She is in JK (we live in ontario canada) and she has accidents at school and doesnt tell anyone. I am so lost at what to do next. Could someone please give me some advice as to what i should do about this? Thank you


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Sarah - posted on 01/20/2015




Sometimes when kids get constipated or withhold their stools. The whole process becomes painful and scary and just gets stuck. The goal of using laxaday or miralax, is to reset the system. The medication will soften the stool to the consistency of frozen yogurt and make it impossible for the child to retain the stool. Then the training starts over. If your doctor had a different intent, I hope you can get her back on track. I am just saying that she may not have been able to help going in her pants and hid them out of embarrassment
If she is off the laxative, and she can hold her stool for a reasonable amount of time, then try to retrain her. Have her sit on the potty after meals and every few hours to see if she can go.

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2015




Find another doctor. A 5 year old should not be relying on laxatives. You need to find a doctor who can help you find the cause of the constipation rather than just treat the symptoms. What you are doing right now is causing a lazy bowel.

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