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I don't know what is wrong with my son, the Dr.'s are having him see a GI Specialist

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:30 PM
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So my son has always had some constipation issues on and off.  The longest he ever went without having a bowel movement was five days up until about six weeks ago.  Now he only goes once every 6 to 8 days and strains to do so.  He usually has to have a sepository to get him to go but lately the sepositorys are not working.  He will sit on the toilet forever if I let him but I worry about him getting hemeroids.  He will refuse to get off and rip off his diaper.  I don't know what to do.  I have changed his diet and he gets a TON of fiber everyday.  We have gone through an entire bottle of sepositorys and they aren't very effective anymore.  He now has a phobia as well of having a BM as it is EXTREMELY painful for him.  He will shake, tremble and scream in pain!  This usually goes on anywhere between one and six hours before he has a movement.

Ha anyone else gone through this? Have your children had any major constipation issues?  The doctor is also having him see a psychaiatrist because of his fears.  My poor baby is suffering and I don't know what to do to help anymore.

I asked the doctor about laxitives or stool softners and they don't make them for children his ago.  Oh he is 3 1/2 and I know he is not potty trained yet.  He was almost completly potty trained but then we had Dylan and he regressed.

 

HELP......

by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:30 PM
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Froggi6232
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Bump...I'm so sorry and I hope everything works out for you and your lil boy! 

candie241983
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:36 PM

My 8 year old has had constipation issues her whole life. Her GI put her on mar-lax, she takes 7 grams everyday.  

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gobimom
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:36 PM

I am a peds nurse and am pretty sure you can use miralax....It sounds to me like he may have a "holding" issue.  Maybe he is afraid that it will hurt so he won't go.  I would see the GI specialist - they will know what laxative to put him on.

               good luck 

ajswenson
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:36 PM

We had this problem with my son awhile ago.  He normally didn't have issues, but what happened was that he had been sick with diarrhea first, and his little butt got raw...well then he started holding it...oh it was pitiful.  Eventually what we had to do was mylanta and miralax.  He was about 2 1/2 at the time.  But this was a one time deal.

However, my Aunt who is a nurse has a little girl who has had issues all of her life.  I guess her poop gets so big that it hurts to come out and then she holds it and of course it only gets worse....so anyway, my aunt start giving her mineral oil everyday.  I think she may still do it and she is now almost 10!!!  

Whatever you try, I would start with a very small dose and slowly (like the next day) increase the dose until you start seeing results.  Like with the miralax I gave half a teaspoon to start and then SLOWLY increased. I was concerned about going the other way!! Good luck.  I know it's horrible.

brandyblx
by Platinum Member on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:38 PM

I don't know if this will help....but, when my youngest was 2 or 3. My sister had a back surgery and got constipated,the doc told her to eat activia.

 Well, without asking my father opened one ( activia) and handed it to Bryce. I WON'T sugarcoat it..... HE SHIT FOR DAYS!!!  We almost killed my father (j/k).  The pedi said that it wouldn't hurt him and in case he ever got constipated we knew something that works. Have you tried the yogurt? GL momma.

mom2Bellarose
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:45 PM

My DD is 3 yrs old and she has constipation issues also. I TOTALLY understand! It is the worst thing seeing them in pain. About 4 months ago my DD got very constipated and her doctor put her on miralax twice a day for 3 days. Nothing happened so he had us up it to 3 doses a day. Finally she pooed and it took about a week of that to completely get it all out (sounds gross sorry). Anyways he had us keep her on one small dose a day for months because he sais 1. once they get that constipated in can stretch out their colon and so there may be a part of the colon that is smaller now and harder for them to pass stool...by giving her the miralax for a few months it will give the colon a chance to shrink back to normal size. 2. because she now knows it hurts to poop she is likely going to hold it in if it's the least bit hard and therefore it will only get harder the longer she holds it in. So she is still on a dose of miralax a day but he has cut that dose in half and soon take her of it all together. I really think he is right about her holding it in now because she is scared it will hurt. He says she needs time to forget that it hurts. I just recently got her potty trained and she has started to poo in the potty. Every doc is sifferent and your little boy may need to have a second opinion. My DD doctor says he doesn't take constipation lightly because he has seen so many kids over his 25 yrs experience have issues with it.

I did have a Q. why is he recomending a GI specialist?

desnnatesmom
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:45 PM

oooomg!!!! poor baby i'm sorry =[[[ bump

gavansmommy
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:55 PM

I will ask about this at the doctors appointment thanks soooooooo much!!!!

Quoting gobimom:

I am a peds nurse and am pretty sure you can use miralax....It sounds to me like he may have a "holding" issue.  Maybe he is afraid that it will hurt so he won't go.  I would see the GI specialist - they will know what laxative to put him on.

               good luck 


gavansmommy
by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 9:56 PM

The doctors think that since this has been going on for a few years on and off that maybe its not only psychological but something physical as well.  I think they just want to cover their bases incase something is really wrong with him

Quoting mom2Bellarose:

My DD is 3 yrs old and she has constipation issues also. I TOTALLY understand! It is the worst thing seeing them in pain. About 4 months ago my DD got very constipated and her doctor put her on miralax twice a day for 3 days. Nothing happened so he had us up it to 3 doses a day. Finally she pooed and it took about a week of that to completely get it all out (sounds gross sorry). Anyways he had us keep her on one small dose a day for months because he sais 1. once they get that constipated in can stretch out their colon and so there may be a part of the colon that is smaller now and harder for them to pass stool...by giving her the miralax for a few months it will give the colon a chance to shrink back to normal size. 2. because she now knows it hurts to poop she is likely going to hold it in if it's the least bit hard and therefore it will only get harder the longer she holds it in. So she is still on a dose of miralax a day but he has cut that dose in half and soon take her of it all together. I really think he is right about her holding it in now because she is scared it will hurt. He says she needs time to forget that it hurts. I just recently got her potty trained and she has started to poo in the potty. Every doc is sifferent and your little boy may need to have a second opinion. My DD doctor says he doesn't take constipation lightly because he has seen so many kids over his 25 yrs experience have issues with it.

I did have a Q. why is he recomending a GI specialist?


babipeanut
by on Apr. 9, 2009 at 12:01 AM

My son has issues all his life  (from 6month on) and Miralax every other day is good at maintaining any results you get. First we used a pediactric enema & suppositories to get what was back up out. Then we used Miralax every other day for a maintain control. He is now 3 1/2 and still on Miralax every other day. 

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