This has been an ongoing struggle since he was about 1yr old. I have taken him to the pedi numerous times over this and I am always told to give him prune juice or mineral oil. I give him prune juice everyday, today he has 16ozs as well as Metamucil. I have tried benefiber which did not help either. I'm tired of seeing him in pain all the time. I do have to give him suppositories if it's over 5 days with out a BM. He's a SUPER picky eater, so getting the right foods in him is almost impossible at times. I can't force him to eat or drink the proper stuff, so what can I do? Any suggestions as to what I can try would be helpful. thanks.
Answer by Ladyblue38 at 8:39 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
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Answer by maxsmom11807 at 4:01 PM on Oct. 20, 2010
Us too. We have never done the mineral oil. My son has some eating issues so diet is a main cause of his constipation. Unfortunately, you can do everything right with a child's diet - and still some kids are chronically having issues. One older teen I know just had a surgery. He had chronic constipation since he was an infant and it turned out to be his intestines had a kink in it. So I will ask for an x-ray or some type of follow up if it continues for six more months. We have been on this constipation train for about a year. We do Mira-lax, a full adult dose as needed. We also do a milk and molasses enema every three days if he doesn't have any BM's and can't poop anything out. We put Benefiber in EVERYTHING he can eat. If really desperate I will do a vaseline ball. Freeze vasaline, roll in a half a pea size ball, coat with ice creme and down it goes. I got this recipe because I worked
Answer by frogdawg at 11:23 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
with patients who were chronically constipated. This is the doctor's little weapon. Half a pea size only! Any bigger and holy crap. The theory is you need to work from the top down not the bottom up to loosen the blockage. Also I try and push as much water as possible because if you are not hydrated well your fecal waste gets dry and hard making it even more difficult. My husband is also a "poop coach" and he literally coaches my son to poop. We schedule regular poop times on the toilet and after we are done we look at the BM and think of what shapes it looks like. This is all to get him comfortable. When you are constipated you hurt and sitting on the toilet is a scary thought. My son's doctor takes this issue seriously because eventually your intestines expand to the point where you can't feel to go poop. Then you loose control permanently. You ruin the elasticity of your parts when it is chronic.
Answer by frogdawg at 11:30 AM on Oct. 21, 2010
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