My son is 4.5 and has been potty trained for nearly 2 years. Within the last 6-9 months he has developed what seems to be a constipation issue. He will go an entire week without pooping but many times a day I find him standing in the corner holding up his shirt and crossing his legs in pain. If he finally does go it is about 10 times in one day all in his underwear. When I try to get him on the potty regularly he acts as if sitting on the toilet is scary, I believe it's because the constipation causes any bowel movement to be painful. We have tried all the at home remedies and repeat visits to his pediatrician with his only advice being laxatives. The problem still persists and his doctor is of no help. I understand this is a common problem especially with boys but my question is,
When do I take him to a specialist?
There is a pediatric gastroenterologist about 2 hours from where I live and I'm wondering if I need a consultation. It is painful to watch my little man suffer and it only gets harder every day dealing with the issue to my best ability and not seeing any results. Thank you a head of time for any advice you can give!