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    Default 3yr old holding on to his poo?

    Over the past few months my sons bowel movements have decreased. Initially I thought it was his diet (picky eater) so I increased his fiber and even got him snacking on prunes. No change.

    I starting getting quite concerned (well, still am!) but I've noticed every few days he will come up to me crying saying ouchies and clenching his bottom. His next nappy change (yes, still in nappies ) there is usually a small poo mark and his bum needs to be cleaned.

    When he does go he struggles and there is a huge amount of poo when he's finished. It's very solid as well. He had a bout of constipated just before all this started happening so I'm wondering if he's now too scared to poo?

    Has anyone's child been through this before? Is it even possible for him to hold it? What can I do to help him?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentzMumma View Post
    Over the past few months my sons bowel movements have decreased. Initially I thought it was his diet (picky eater) so I increased his fiber and even got him snacking on prunes. No change.

    I starting getting quite concerned (well, still am!) but I've noticed every few days he will come up to me crying saying ouchies and clenching his bottom. His next nappy change (yes, still in nappies ) there is usually a small poo mark and his bum needs to be cleaned.

    When he does go he struggles and there is a huge amount of poo when he's finished. It's very solid as well. He had a bout of constipated just before all this started happening so I'm wondering if he's now too scared to poo?

    Has anyone's child been through this before? Is it even possible for him to hold it? What can I do to help him?
    Maybe he has an anal fissure if his poos are coming out too big. That can feel like you're passing glass. Is there blood in his nappy when he makes a BM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    Maybe he has an anal fissure if his poos are coming out too big. That can feel like you're passing glass. Is there blood in his nappy when he makes a BM?
    No, no blood.

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    Definitely not cool!
    Make a dr app Monday morning. The dr may suggest you give him some stool softeners for a while until he forgets about the constipation and is easily able to pass bowel movements on his own again.

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    My eldest held on and on and on. He was scared. So we used movicol or osmolax every day to get him regular. It took a while but we eventually got there.

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    Yeah I have an appointment booked for Monday. I'm going to ring another clinic this morning and see if I can get in today though. We had a bad day yesterday and I do not want to wait any longer. I feel crappy for waiting this long We've tried movicol and parachoc with no success so hopefully the doctor can recommend something better.

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    Coloxyl drops were quite effective for my DD, she went through the same not long ago. Oddly though the MOST effective thing was cherry tomatoes!!!!

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    A purée of pear and cooked dried apricots have helped my DD in the past when she hasn't had a bowel movement for a few days.

    If he's holding on for psychological reasons there is an excellent children's book that could help, Everyone Poops. A family member used it with her son and it really helped him develop a positive attitude towards pooing.

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    What's his water intake like? This can affect how hard or soft his stools are.

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    Yes we introduced more fruits, fresh and dried and he drinks a lot of water. We got into a doc on Saturday and she said to try him on movicol chocolate and ordered an xray for Monday. He had a movicol Saturday, Sunday and finally went #2's Monday afternoon after much discomfort over the weekend. He filled 2 nappies the poor monkey We're back to the docs tomorrow for the results of the xray but i'm sure she will just say it's psychological. I will look into that book, thanks @EvilWombatQueen


 

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