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    Ds2 has had constipation pretty much since starting solids at 5mths which has got worse. He was breast fed for 2 myths then on formula then cows milk at 11mths. He is 22mths now. He will have a normal bowel movement probably 1 out of every 3 times he needs to go. He has obvious stomach discomfort to begin with and often takes 3 days before he actually gets it out.

    The sphincter opens up and you can see it sitting there bit he just cant get it out, the obvious discomfort he is in is aweful. He will stand with his legs stiff and crying. When it does come out it is so hard and huge. I use coloxyl and parachoc but have only done so during the times of constipation.

    I think it's got to the point he is actually afraid to go even when he has a looser bowel movement, he says 'pooh pooh' quite distressed about the ideal. Saw the paed earlier this week and he agrees he may be holding it and it's backing up. So I have to give ds parachoc every day for 4 weeks and then stop it and see if he goes ok after that.

    I went to the dietitian today to see what she thought and if there were any foods she recommended that could assist or foods to avoid. He has a good varied well balanced diet so there is nothing food wise that he is missing. She recommended that after the trial of parachoc, see if the constipation continues and if so try cutting out dairy and going soy and seeing how it goes. Sounds reasonable to me.

    Just wondering if others have had similar issues and what was the outcome?!
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    Same issue here. My dd1 would stand rigid and squeeze her bum cheeks together to stop. We found that giving her a couple of dried apple rings every second day made her go every day and keep the poo nice and Soft. But we have to keep it up religiously or else it goes back to big and hard and her holding it in which is a vicious circle . We also tried figs, prunes , pears etc but apples were what did it for us.

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    my ds had this problem. there was nothing i hadnt tried. soy worked best for her, but our pead said soy milky is better than so good. i compared the two and yes, soy milky has a much higher soy %. i would also give her osmolax (also recommended by pead) you can get it at terry white chemists and can be put in any drink, warm, hot or cold. it has no flavour and i would use it roughly every 2 days and she was regular. i also increased her green veggies and would puree broccoli, potato, zucchini, broccolini etc and mix it into her pasta sauce. i then also gave her a probiotic and multivitamin. now she is right as rain about 80-90% of the time. also, try to limit other dairy products if you go with the soy. i still gave it to dd but just a little.

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    The bane of my life, and Mel's. You have to keep trying every combination of healthy foods and supplements, mindful of the fact that you may never truly be able to banish the spectre of inefficient bowel function.
    No matter how much green veg, sauerkraut salad, probiotic yoghurt, prune and senna capsules etc mine gets, I know she'll never be doing a smelly two or three times a day like the experts say. It's lucky if she's done one good smelly within a 24 hour period and hardly a fortnight goes by without me once having to put the magic bullet up her butt to make a ton of foul evil come out.

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    My son was absolutely fine for the first 3 years, then all of a sudden constipated, out of nowhere.

    I tried lactulose with him which are long chain sugars that go staight to the bowel to soften stool, but didn't have very much success. Our big success was when I insisted to see a specialist nurse, and she got him onto Movicol. It is absolutely brilliant stuff, but fixing constipation is a long term thing, as the bowel gets confused, stretched and inactive when it is not working properly.

    With my son, I had to mix a sachet of movicol with 100ml of water, then give him 50ml in juice and see how his bowels reacted over time, she gave me a chart of what his poos should look like, (a smooth sausage) and if they were pebbly, then I was to up the dosage, if they got sloppier, to lessen it slightly. He gets that medicine once a day, and we are now down to 28ml, but you have to reduce the dosage very very slowly, the poo has to continue to be the correct consistency, and they must be moving their bowels without difficulty every 1 - 2 days, no longer!

    It really really works. She also showed me some massage on his tummy, in which you go around with the direction of the bowel, to help it to move along, and also some foot massage, reflexology in essence which also helps with bowel movement (remembering this is a specialist nurse at the local hospital) I was quite impressed, and she commented that sometimes when she demonstrated this with a child, they would start farting, quite amazing.

    When a child usually goes to this specialist nurse, they will have a swollen belly and a bowel full of poo, and she will start off with quite a few doses of the movicol with a lot of water just to clean out the bowel, so it can be 'reprogrammed' and begin springing back to place, and stop being stretched. Luckily my wee boy had begun this process himself, he used to poo in the bath to begin with, as I think it softened everything up, and helped it pass, sometimes the amount of poo in the bath when he was 'cleaning himself out' was phenomenal, like 3 times the normal amount, and it happened for a few days before things started to get more regular, and we got him back to the 1 - 2 days regime, and he was not experiencing any pain with moving his bowels.

    Foods that we found to be helpful: Kiwicrush, which is frozen kiwifruit pulp, and you make it up into a drink. Very beneficial to bowels apparently, eating fresh kiwifruit. Corn on the cob/whole corn. Watermelon is supposed to be very good for bowel movements. Beetroot. Grated apple. Museli. Whole grain bread.

    The reason for the essay is that most people think just feed them some pear or whatever, but if it is a recurring thing, then a precise and long term treatment really is called for, having constipation is really awful for a child, and it is actually very treatable with the right tools.

    Anyway, hope you get it sorted soon, its been going on a fair while for your little one, I'd personally be looking into the movicol, it's pretty much the 'gold standard' for treatment.
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    my little boy struggled with constipation from the transition from being exclusively breast fed to being weaned onto formula when he was 6mths old. I cant reccomend PRUNES enough. DS has them with his solids every day 2-3 times a day and his BM's are soft and regular.
    I bought a pack of cheap prunes, boiled them, reserved the water, cooled them and scraped out the flesh (discard the skin), puree with the cooking water to required consistancy. Add to cereal and with other puree fruits.
    I didnt want to medicate him. He wouldnt drink water and i refused to give him sugar water or be messing with the water levels in his bottles at such a young age. He was in pain and cried whe he needed to do a BM.
    My 2 yr old will eat just 1 whole prune as is, 10mins later it will clear her out.
    Try a prune, they are naturaly sweet - my kids love them. I also add them to cakes and scones for my toddler.
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    Just an update. My ds has been on a modified diet for a week now and has been going to the toilet normally nearly daily. I had kept a diet diary of everything ds ate and drank to try and see if there was a pattern but there wasn't. The dietician recommended soy milk, a few cereals she recommended higher in fibre, 100% juice and high fibre bread. Hard cheese is ok and soy yogurt. Here's hoping it continues, it's nice not to see him straining and in pain going to the toilet. I was not happy about keeping him on medication long term and here's hoping he won't need the duclolax again.
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