M.R. asks from Grand Junction, CO on September 25, 2006
My Son Won't Poop!
My 2 year old son is not having regular bowel movements. A while back, he went 8 days without a bowel movement. He's shown no interest in the potty, even though he sees that mommy, sister, brother, Grammy etc. use the potty. I don't know if he's having some medical issues or if he just doesn't want to dirty in his pants. I have used Fletcher's Children's Laxitive and gotten results within the day. He was formula fed, and always had difficult BM's due to the high iron content. Can this carry over into his toddler years? Should I seek help from his pediatrician? Should I let him roam without a diaper and see if he is willing to poop then? He LOVES veggies, and fruit. I keep him on a pretty balanced diet. Any other natural suggestions to get things moving? I don't like having to give him a laxative once a week. I know daily BM's are normal for adults. Is it the same for children?
K.H. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
I make fruit smoothies... apple juice, bananas, frozen fruit and 2 tbl spoons of oil, whatever kind. The smoothie is good and you can't taste the oil, but the oil will "loosen things up" without giving him anything unnatural
J.R. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
I stopped breastfeeding my daughter at approx. 3 months of age and she instantly started suffering from constipation. We were advised to give her dark Karo Syrup by both my mother and our pediatrician. It has worked wonders ever since! We tried to cut back once we started her on fruits and vegetables but the constipation came back. We typically add 1 tsp. to every 3 oz. of formula. Ask your pediatrician if itís ok to add it to your 2 year olds juice or milk.
K.W. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
hi, my son only poopies evry 3-4 days I really don't worry about it, I am the same. We use apple juice it seems to work for him plus he doesn't like anything else, also you may want to try glycerin suppository(?spelling?) raisins too. goodluck
I watch children at my house and a lot of them have poopy issues either too soft 4 times a day, or none for a week. One little girl has been on laxatives for over a year prescribed by doctor I was so concerned at first and really encouraged the mom to find another dr, she didn't but I did get her to lower the amount finaaly I stopped washing out her clothes before sending them home, she would have water blowouts about 4-5 times a day. which means she was getting no nutrition from the food she was eating it was coming right back out. things are better now, just make sure his body doesn't get dependent on it.
K. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
I have had unfortunately way too much experience with this subject. My daughter has had problems since birth & still does if her diet and other items aren't in check.
Try Nutri-Grain waffles (these are great for them), White Grape Juice (other juices don't work as well) and anything with lots of fiber in it! Oatmeal, etc. This will make him poop. If you can try not to give him TOO much milk. My daughter was born with a condition in her intestines and we have to be really careful but - FIBER is most important for them. Good luck. OH I forgot to also say My daughter has never had formula just breastmilk (AND STILL had poop problems) Was breastfed till 2! Amazing.. She has a good immune system but can't poop... (sad)
J. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
I have a step-son that is now 7 years old and has the same problem. I think it started when his mother would put him in a diaper to poop, but dad wouldnt. He got to the point he would hold it in for days & days until his tummy was so hard & he screamed with pain and his butt started to blead when he finally would go. We tried rubbing his back while he sat on the toilet, he just refused to go! We tried all the oils in juice but he could feel the oil on his lips and refuse to drink it. That is when I started putting citrucel in his orange juice in the morning and that seemed to help.
Good luck to you, I know this is hard to deal with!!!
A.H. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
well my son goes about every day sometimes every other day and he is 3 so I don't think this is normal and you should take him to the doctor. If he really is not wanting to use the potty he may be holding it. My friends son will only go in his diaper and they tries taking them away and he just held it. I would try to let him rome naked and I not a naked roam type person but it helped with my son. My son is 3 and we are still working on the potty thing. He got sidetracked when he was sick so I know how you feel!! GOOD LUCK>
J. answers from Phoenix on September 25, 2006
Hi. I am going to make a few suggestions as I went through this with my son when he was 2 and 3. I ended up at Phx Children's Hospital so, hopefully I can spare you that. When children are afraid for whatever reason of pooping, they hold it in. The result of that is that the intestines become stretched from all of the poop backing up. When they finally do poop, it is so big that it hurts and tears their rectum which makes them scared to poop again and the cycle continues. The GI doctor that I saw at PCH put my son on Phillips Milk of Magnesia (it causes less cramping and discomfort than the other brands because it makes the poop retain water). She did a full clean out of his GI system. This required 4-5 days of being near a potty. I actually just put a diaper on him even though he was partially potty trained. He took 4 tsp in the am and 4 tsp in the pm. It is extremely large doses to get his system moving. It causes the bowls to be so loose that he can't hold on to them. he has to go. For the first couple of days it will look like muddy water. After the 4-5 day it will be a little more clear. Once the poop looked like water (had NO color to it at all) then we went down to 1 tsp a day. he had to stay on that dose for a month and a half. He does much better now but still has issues sometimes. He will still hold it in if I let him. I make him go and sit on the potty for at least 30 min everyday. If he goes before the 30 min is up then everything is good. If not, I wait a bit and make him try again. According to the GI, kids should poop everyday and it should be a smooth, not bumpy bowl movement that is not more than an inch or so in diameter.
I know that this is very detailed but, I am just trying to save you from what I went through and my son went through. Doctors are very expensive and it is also very uncomfortable for your child. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
H.R. answers from Tucson on September 27, 2006
I say, when in doubt ask the doc!! The only reason I say this is because my youngest was never 'normal' with potty stuff. As a toddler, she would have sometimes 12 bm's a day and then get very constipated. She also had kidney issues and her antibiotics (we thought) were to blame. We had her tested for wheat allergies,etc and all was negative.
At the age of 3 she went and saw a ped. gi doctor and we learned that. Basically, she has nerve damage in her rectum from withholding too long and as a result what may seem normal to another child, is in fact bowel impaction for her. She is on miralax daily with which is a great laxative and easy to measure, depending on what she needs.
Best of luck, H.