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    Default 5 year old boy- toilet issues please help!

    Sorry if this post is TMI!

    My DSS is 5. He has been having this reoccurring issue of soiling his pants, not completely but certainly much more than a few skid marks here and there. It’s happening frequently and starting to stress him out as it requires full clothes change and a shower (he usually sits down in the mess and it smears on him.) It’s challenging for us, as sheets, car or couch also get affected with the smell and the washing machine is always on!

    He has been to the doctor and he was not concerned. A stool sample was taken and came back clear. His diet is pretty good although his veg intake could be better. Water intake is good. He says that he doesn’t know it is happening. We have tried getting him to sit on the loo more regularly. He almost seems to have some constipation followed by soften stools that almost seep out. Does anyone have any suggestions that might help? Thanks in advance!

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    We have been going through something similar with my 4 year old ds and the doctor has said that he's constipated. We have been using parachoc with him and things have improved and he isn't having accidents. At one stage he was having 5 or more a day, but the doctor explained that he wouldn't realise until it was too late.

    Might be worth discussing with your doctor?

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    Has he had any underlying gut issues? If he doesn't know it's happening it sounds like a little bit of faecal incontinence but I'm certainly no doctor. It may just be the constipation/soft stool issues too.

    Is it worth maybe going to see a paediatric gastroenterologist?

    Have you tried a probiotic to see if that might help him. DD alternates a little between constipated and soft stools and it was quite stinky but seems better since we started Inner Health.

    Good luck, sounds quite challenging for you all to deal with and definitely something to follow up with.

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    Yes, that does sound like constipation, with overflow. See another doctor, and talk about movicol, it's the best there is for regulating bowel motions.

    How often is he pooing?

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    Maybe try avoiding dairy also. I had a friend who was always having problems with leaking like you mentioned and when he cut out dairy it stopped within 2 days. Might be worth a try as you will see if it is working pretty fast.

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    My oldest has this problem. She's had a long hostory of problems with constipation. Basically since the age of 2 she just holds on and on and on until the poo can't wait any longer and starts coming. As she still holds on she gets a substantial mark in her undies. She's terribly embarrassed and says she doesn't know it's happening, and I believe her.

    She was treated at RCH in Melbourne and they suggested Actilax. I give it to her every night and basically it encourages the poo despite her attempts to stop it, thereby stopping the accidents as well.

    Good luck. It's not a lot of fun.

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    My DD had this issue at the same age. To get things moving we had her on parachoc for a week or two, as well as a lot of water mixed with pear juice. Things improved a lot after that.

    We now make sure she drinks a large glass of water every morning (about 4-500ml) and have had no accidents since introducing this except for the few days we let it slip when on holidays and it started happening again, stopped again with reintroducing the water.

    HTH


 

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