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My 2 Year Old Daughter, Can't Go Poop, Not Even with Laxatives,etc.

My two year old daughter has a very hard time going poop, it usually takes days if not weekd for her to go. My husband and I have done all that we can.. I have taken her to Cook's Childrens in Fort Worth, Texas but they haven't been able to help me as you can see.. She still has the problem. We have cut out cheese, milk and anything pretty much dairy. I had to take her to the hospital today, cause she was trying to go so bad even in a warm bath tub of water, and she was turning red and ended up throwing up. I was at the hospital for 2 hours and they did not help me at all. No advice nothing, They did an xray but didn't tell me the results on that.. I need someone to help me.. I am at my breaking pont. I have done, miralax, exlaxs, enamas, castol oil, and still nothing.. Someone please help me, I am a mom, and I only want to help my daughter and I can not sit there and watch my daughter go threw this... Please help me...

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Nothing has happened yet.. I have a number for a place in Dallas Tx, called Dallas Children and I am going to call them tomorrow and talk to someone that may be able to help me out. I just went and bought a bunch of juice and some carrots and other things to see if maybe that will help but, I have done that before and nothing worked so I am not getting my hopes up... I just need someone who has taken there child to a specialist to tell me what all they did to help.. Cause I am done with giving her exlax and enamas and so on, I don't want her to get to the point she needs it to go for the rest of her life.. So please help.

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My grand daughter had all of these problems and still does to some degree and she is 13. She had encopresis ( severe constipation). We have been seeing the gastrointerology people at Cooks Childrens. This is a problem that does not go away overnight if it is encpresis and can be quite frustrating to treat. She may also have some other issues with her bowels that need to be addressed. My granddaughter had a number of test to rule out other problems. Her doctors were Dr. Osuntokuni and Dr. Ogummola at ###-###-####.

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I believe the name is milanta is magnesium milk, and has work good with my child....
I'm sorry I know how you feel, but I don't think keeping her out of milk and cheese , will help.

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My daughter had the same problems. I had her IGg tested for food intolerances (simple finger prick) and found out that rice was her problem.

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Did they do an x-ray/sonogram of her abdomen to confirm that nothing physical with her digestive system is going on? My daughter went through this same thing at roughly the same age as your daughter. Although my three boys never suffered constipation, I learned it is very common at this age, particularly with girls. I would not suggest the enemas, traditional laxatives or fiber increasing agents; although if you do use these, keep in mind that if you don't GREATLY increase your daughter's water intake, many of these will have the reverse affect on her issue, compounding the constipation and actually making it worse. How persistent were you with Miralax? It took a few days with my daughter, but this is what eventually worked for her. She took this for quite some time, until she and her body decided to have regular bowel movements without the aid. Miralax is not a traditional laxative, so you don't need to worry about her body developing a dependency for it. In short, I would recommend insisting on the x-ray. At this point, your daughter could simply have a blockage, in which case, if that is cleared up then you persist with Miralax, her problem may be solved. Or I would be inclined, like the other Moms to think she could possibly be having a food allergy if the constipation persists with consistent and proper dosage of the Miralax. Hope this helps, and praying your sweet baby improves soon....

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Everybody has given you great suggestions. I would also suggest getting her on some probiotics. My son had severe constipation issues and we were at our wits end trying to help him (he's 5). Finally a friend suggested probiotics. I was willing to try anything. They have not resolved the issue 100%, but now at least he goes every 3 days or so, and without much trouble. We have an appointment to see a natural medicine doctor because the GI and Pediatrician doctors have thus far provided not solutions that have worked.

Hope you find something that works!

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My daughter had the same problem. She would even yell at the top of her lungs "my bottom hurts!" in the store. My doctor said to never give her over the counter laxatives. What ended up helping her is eating some high fiber cereal like Quaker oatmeal squares (cinnamon) every night before bed. Our digestion works best when we're asleep so in the morning she was usually ready to go. It took a couple of days to get her started; I think because at some point it had hurt her so she had been holding it on purpose. Hope that helps!

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Alternative & Traditional Pediatric Care, Dr. Amber Brooks. She considers her specialty to be addressing those issues that the regular Ped's ignore, such as chronic ear infections and bowel trouble. This would be an all natural approach if you are open to that.
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I second taking her to a gastro specialist. I know you have eliminated dairy, but also wondering if food allergies have been ruled out. Celiac disease can do this to people for instance. Might be worth checking into that as well.

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My grand daughter had all of these problems and still does to some degree and she is 13. She had encopresis ( severe constipation). We have been seeing the gastrointerology people at Cooks Childrens. This is a problem that does not go away overnight if it is encpresis and can be quite frustrating to treat. She may also have some other issues with her bowels that need to be addressed. My granddaughter had a number of test to rule out other problems. Her doctors were Dr. Osuntokuni and Dr. Ogummola at ###-###-####.

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I would take her to a specialist too. I'd take her to doctor after doctor until some one can tell you what is going on. That poor girl. Find a gastroenterologist. From what I've read Magnesium citrate works miracles for people who couldn't poop but once a week even though they needed to more than that. The label says consult a doctor under 6 so meet up with the new doctor and talk to him/her about it. Anything that has to do with the BRAT diet cut down on, I believe that hardens poop which sounds like a big problem here. Make sure she is drinking lots of water.

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Try not to talk about it. Don't make it daily conversation "Did you poop yet, do you need to go poop?" The karo syrup trick usually works. Give her a book to read while she's on the pot, don't make a huge issue. Nature will usually take its course when it's time. Stressing her out by making a big deal out of it could cause her to hold it rather than to relax enough to go. Sitting on the pot for a while and being distracted by a book helps gravity make things work without her straining so much to go.

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I believe the name is milanta is magnesium milk, and has work good with my child....
I'm sorry I know how you feel, but I don't think keeping her out of milk and cheese , will help.

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i had a hard time also after i had my son. i take 250mg of magnesium now and i go every morning. this is after i went to the drs and he said eat more fiber, etc. they couldn't find anything wrong with me. a low magnesium can cause you to not be able to poop. they have to do a blood test to find out if this is wrong. i didn't do that. i was taking magnesium citrate. they sell at walmart. it works really well, but you can't leave the bathroom and she would probably have to wear something if you gave her that. nothing helped. i was taking 14 laxatives a day. still nothing. try the magnesium.

Have you cut out meat and bananas? meat for the obvious reasons, but bananas are natures cure for diarrhea, so they will constipate.

try feeding only plums and fruits and see what happens.

I agree go to another Dr. Alth ough probably not, they should do some xrays etc to rule out an obstruction.... Berries are great laxitives... also prune/apple gerber fruit is helpful. Best of luck...

Hi T.!
Constipation can result from a number of factors such as poor diet or lack of fiber, inadequate fluid intake or as the result of certain medications.
I believe probiotics or acidophilus could help your daughter. You could empty 2 capsules and mix it with apple sauce. I gave my daughter prune juice or organic apple juice mixed with water to drink. Check your daughter diet. If she doesn't eat fresh fruits and vegetables she doesn't have enzymes that our body needs for proper digestion. She needs to drink lots of water or healthy juices to have soft bowel movement. Did you check food allergies?

Half a teaspoon of dark Karo syrup in her milk. It works like a charm! It has to be the dark syrup though. My niece's doctor told her this when her baby was constipated and it worked. She gave me the same advice when my daughter was constipated and it worked!

When my daughter was 2 1/2 we had the very same issue. Frustrating to say the least. I tried enemas. Castor oil, suppositories, diet change...you name it. It was just not normal and I was determined to get to the bottom of it. Naturally minded, I took matters into my own hands when I had no answers from our pediatrician and other Dr's after 4 years. I used www.enterolab.com and had her tested for a gluten intolerance and there it was. The blood test we had done earlier was negative!! It may not be the same issue for you but worth checking out. It is a non-invasive and accurate way to test for this problem. 5 years later, at 11 years old all is still well, she is healthy and has not missed a day of school since.
Best of luck to you!

If it were my child, I would be taking her to a naturopath.

But if you want to stick with western medicine, definitely get her into a specialist.

I hope she is better soon, poor little thing.

I have IBS with chronic diarrhea and I think my grand daughter has IBS with chronic constipation. We have had to give her Miralax several times. Ask the doc, perhaps a internal physician, about that as a diagnosis, they have medications for it but then may be for just adults.

It looks like you are taking her to another doctor, and that is a good idea. I hope they are able to figure out the problem and help. There are many different things that can cause extreme difficulty pooping, and they aren't all easy to diagnose. It took about 7 years to get my nephew diagnosed, but they did eventually.

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It looks like you are taking her to another doctor, and that is a good idea. I hope they are able to figure out the problem and help. There are many different things that can cause extreme difficulty pooping, and they aren't all easy to diagnose. It took about 7 years to get my nephew diagnosed, but they did eventually.

Have they xrayed her abdomen? Some of the symptoms sound similar to encopresis which apparently can be caused by constant constipation with everything building up in the colon to the point that it blocks the ability to have a normal bowel movement. My friend's child has struggled with this, and it's miserable on the child and parent. It also hampers potty training because it impacts the child identifying when they need to go. The solution required very strong prescription laxatives and stool softeners. Can your pediatrician refer you to a specialist?

My daughter had the same problems. I had her IGg tested for food intolerances (simple finger prick) and found out that rice was her problem.

Give her Benefiber daily. I think it was Miralax that my hubby said does weird stuff. I can't remember the details. But my daughter has pooping issues unless she takes Benefiber regularly. It can take a little while for it to start working, but once it does, give it to her daily. It does a very good job softening stools. It's good for prego women who get bad constipation too!

Have you gone to your pediatrician to see if they can get something going to figure it out in case there is something more going on? They can refer you to a specialist in that area. They can also find out the results from the hospital and tell you that. It's bizarre they didn't get you any of the results. They always have with us. So frustrating! I hope you get something figured out. But I would for sure start her on Benefiber.

You can try taking her to a pediatric chiropractor. My friend had similar issues and took her child to Dr. Amber Brooks in Dallas and it turned out to be something structural.

My daughter who is 9 now had the same issue for a very long time, she was getting backed up so bad it was causing her to have urinary track infections every couple of weeks. I was referred to Dr Ogunmola a pediatric gastroenterologist in denton, he put her on a special diet and when that didn't work he went to testing. She had a colonoscopy done and while doing that they diva biopsy of her colon and intestines, they found that the flap from her colon was not relaxing to allow her to go, so even if she did poop not much was coming out. They fixed that flap with an out patient surgery and she has been fine since then. Hope this helps and best of luck to you and your family!

I would take her to a pediatric gastroenterologist.
Best wishes!! =o)

Morning,
I went through this about two years, ago. My child even got a hernia from the force he was making trying to go and had to have surgery.
Upping the Miralax dose helped A BUNCH. I am sorry i dont have any more suggestion.
i am very sorry you and baby are going through this.

I would try probiotics along with seeing another doctor. Probiotics work with your own body to help keep the good bacteria alive and well in your system. It has worked like a charm for me! Good luck.

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