G.A. asks from Spring, TX on December 08, 2008
Friend's 2 Year Old Has Not Gone # 2 in Three Days
My friend's two year old apparently had a xonstipation problem for a bit and then the pediatrician advised a diet change so now the diet entails plenty of high fiber foods and flax seed, etc.
But the little one has had so much trouble going, i.e. hard and painful, that now that her diet has been modified and she needs to go, yetshe is holding it in. She stands on her tip toes and dances around because she needs to go but she doesn't want to push . . .
My friend has a 4 year old , this little one, and a 5 month old. She is also giving her a supplement acidophulus.
The pediatrician has told them if she doesn't go soon they will put her on medication and my friend is worried about doing this.
C.R. answers from Sherman on December 17, 2008
I have given all my kids acidadophilus and Bifodophilus. The best kinds need to be refridgerated. Just add some to her juice or water and let her drink this helps clean out intestines and keep the good/bad bacteria balanced! I have used it for years myself and on my children. My husband and I have 7 children together, and all have lived with us!
A.R. answers from Austin on December 13, 2008
We went through this with my daughter for a while. When we got desperate, we would give her a suppository. That will MAKE her go. Then maybe, if the good diet continues, the cycle will be broken.
S.H. answers from Austin on December 09, 2008
Poor little one! Bless her heart! Has she tried increasing her liquid intake, or introducing prunes to her diet? This worked for my son.
C.P. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
T.E. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
my pediatrician told me to give them pear juice or apple juice and this acts like a natural laxative and makes the poo soft.
When my daughter starts to say her belly hurts, then i give her a little benefiber in her milk(because it has no taste and no grit, she can't tell the difference)and it makes her go.
If your friends child has trouble with constipation, and pushing is the hard part the child may need a stool softener to make it not hurt she can mix this in a little applesauce.
It is important that she make it as easy as possible for the child, if she continues to hold it in, she can get backed up and that will cause colon problems not to mention potty training.
C.H. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
It is important that the child go immediately. If the stool gets too hard, it can tear the rectum(called a fissure) and cause slight bleeding. Not dangerous, but painful. My DD had the same issue because it was so hard to go, then when she finally did, it really was painful. With prunes and juice daily, I kept her bowel movements really soft for a couple months to get her accustomed to having a daily b/m and to let the fissure heal. The dr. gave her an enema in the ofc because she was impacted. I applied A&D ointment several times a day so the area would not burn when she pottied and would encourage healing. HTH, C.
ps. Jhaug is right about the damage that can happen if the condition is ignored. We too used milk of magnesia to keep the stool runny so she would get past the fear of pooping, then kept her system running smoothly with prunes.
M.V. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
If I'm reading the post correctly, she isn't constipated anymore, but is holding in the poop because she is afraid that it will hurt as it has in the past. Does your friend have a portable potty? Maybe she could sit the potty in front of the t.v. and pop in a favorite video. Maybe her daughter will be too busy watching the video that she won't think about the poop possibly hurting. Or, if she has a portable dvd player she could set this up in the bathroom. Maybe role play with a doll. The doll is afraid to go poop because it will hurt but Mom and daughter talk to the doll saying it won't hurt anymore. The doll finally decides to try and poop and guess what? It doesn't hurt. Mom is so happy! Now it is time for her daughter to try and poop like the doll.
I'm sorry your friend is going through this. She must be so worried!
C.M. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
The good news is the medication is used only until the child loses the fear of having a b/m. A close friend had this problem with her eldest. He was on it for about two months and that was that. No problems since.
N.D. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
Fiber is great but we must have enough water to be able to eliminate. Sugar-free candy with sorbitol always worked for my son when nothing else would, but you have to be careful that the child doesn't get too much or they could have cramping. There are plenty of natural remedies at health food stores and over the counter.
C.F. answers from El Paso on December 09, 2008
My boyfriend has told me that when his daughter was a baby she had problems with constipation on a regular basis. Now I don't know whether this pertains to your friends child but my boyfriends doctor had told him that his daughters anus was not propertly aligned with the intestines and it caused constipation on a regular basis. I forgot what the condition was called but his daughter had a operation and after that she was never constipated again. It is not too common but does happen and people never know about it and just grow become adults with constant constipation. If you are interested I can ask my boyfriend what the procedure is called and let you know. Good luck to your friends child. I have two of my own and suffer along with them when anything happens to them. God bless
A.R. answers from Houston on December 09, 2008
Prune Juice!!!! It works also she could by the Baby Prune dessert and mix it with water and give it to her in a bottle she'll think it's just juice. Also I used to boil raisins in water and then of course wait for it to cool down and then put that in a bottle.I am telling you look out she will God willing be runnin to the bathroom to go because there's no way she could hold it in...it'll be coming whether she likes it or not. I am the mother of 4 my oldest being 20 and my youngest being 8.
Also you may want to see if the child is actually afraid to to poop because she had an accident in her panties, in the tub, etc...