N.F. asks from Wyoming, MI on May 10, 2009
Well to start off my 9 year old is having a problem making it to the bathroom in time for number 2. This has been going on for a year now. When I first took her to the doctors he told me to give her Metamucil every day and it should help her. Well of course it didnt and her problem seemed to go away for a while. Well it is back and worse than ever. I throw away at least one pair of underware a day because there is so much poop inside them and I wont clean them. I started watching to see if it was her just waiting to long to go but it doesnt always seem to be the case. I am seriously going nuts i dont know what to do. I dont really understand the metamucil thing either cause i thought that was to loosen you up and she really doesn't need that anymore! If any of you moms have gone through this or have an idea what to do. Please HELP!! THANKS N.
D.H. answers from Grand Rapids on May 11, 2009
YOu may want to think about a wheat/gluten/dairy sensitivity. My 2 1/2 year old had loose stools for a the first 2 years of her life. We took wheat/gluten and dairy out of her diet and they are now solid. Just something to think about. There were other symptoms that went along with it but I saw a difference within 2 weeks. Just something to think about. I'd be happy to talk to you about it.
G.B. answers from Detroit on May 11, 2009
If it were me, I'd pursue this further with a pediatric gastroenterologist. Children's Hospital is a wonderful place when you have anything weird going on. I'm sure there's an answer. There also could be an emotional element but I'd rule out other things first.
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C.H. answers from Grand Rapids on May 11, 2009
I would get a second opinion. Is there any blood at all? This sounds like when I was having a flare up with my ulcerative collitus. You don't want to ignore something like this so definitely get another opinion. Good luck!
D.S. answers from Grand Rapids on May 11, 2009
N.;i would try to see if she goes the same time every day and be prepared to help her get to bathroom sooner?which i know you may of tried, i would also offer her some cheese could holp in binding, and sometimes an alergy can affect stools, like a food alergy? i would also offer plenty of water, alot of kids her age are drinking energy drinks, dont knwo how those can affect children there is a warning label on them for children not use them, so just a few things to check into, things to think about , i hope things work out well for you and have a good day, D. s
K.M. answers from Detroit on May 11, 2009
Well metamucil can work both ways all fiber stuff can. If you take it and you don't drink enough water it can bine you up. But if you dink alot of water with it it than it makes you very loose. You said that at one time it stpped and now its worse. My ? Is what did she eat when it stopped she must have eaten something or maybe not ate something. Like maybe she drinks too much juice. Or eating too much apples. You can give her bananas bine people up too. Thata all I can think is its something shes eating or not eating. good luck.
A.S. answers from Detroit on May 11, 2009
K.R. answers from Detroit on May 11, 2009
My daughter has problems with #2 and I started giving her Culturelle probiotics (you can purchase online) in December...she hasn't had a problem since. She has to take them everyday, but I open one and pour it into her milk or juice and she doesn't mind. I take one every day, as does my littlest one. Another benefit is that, not only does it help with regulating digestion, it helps with the entire immune system. I tried Activia, but my kids won't eat it everyday and this is just easier for me than forcing something on them. Good luck!
L.R. answers from Detroit on May 11, 2009
A year is a long time for this kind of issue. A friend of mine had a similar issue with her son and he has since been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Sorry to mention that, but there are numerous possibilities with that symptom, so you should really go beyond the pediatrician.
Good luck - L.
K.F. answers from Saginaw on May 11, 2009
N., Don't wait any longer, go to your Doctor and stomp your FEET! No child should have to go thru this for so long!!
Ask about allergies, Dairy and fruit allergies can can cause
loose stools, it can be so many things! Start a food diary, everything she eats, you can cut out say all milk products for a week, see what happens, the next week cut out all fruits, then slowly add a fruit see what bothers her. continue to remove foods to see where the trouble is! Good luck, K.