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3 year old has difficulty going for a poo

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  • Posted By: kittykat
  • December 20, 2006
  • 07:08 PM

my 3 year old grandson seems to have to strain to go to the toilet for a poo sometimes he even crys as it hurts him.he goes loads of times day and just does a tiny amount each time it is not hard so i can't see why he has such difficulty getting it out.i feel for him as he goes red in the face with the strain of trying to push it out.he has had this problem now for a long time and the doctor has given him lactulose but i am not sure if this has made matters worse or better.......any help out there please.....kittykat

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  • The laxative the doctor gave will help...it is just that your grandson may have anxiety about using the bathroom b/c in the past it hurt so much...so now he is all clenched up and expecting it to hurt. thereby making it hurt.My little brother was the same way.You may want to talk to the pediatrician about it and see what you guys can do. Maybe talk to the child and let him know that you understand his fears, but the medicine will make it all better so that it won't hurt anymore.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 20, 2006
    • 08:25 PM
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  • you may find this funny, but this is waht I did...I had this problem when I was little too. I had a little potty chair and a plie of little books. My mom would 'go' with me too. We would sit, side by side, reading books and ventually i'd go without the fear of pain association. I am now in my 50's, and even now, if I am constipated or anxious, and I sit down to read, I can relax and just forget about going poop, and it helps quite a bit.So, maybe this is the real reason folks all read in the bathroom...But try with the little one, it may help with teh emotioanl part.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 04:09 PM
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  • I am 33 and have always had problems with this, ever since I was 3 or 4- this is why I am on this forum right now. With kids, this is common and normally goes away- i am abnormal. When i was a kid my doctor gave me Colace, a vegetable stool softener with no stimulant. I would take one every other day. You can buy them in any drugstore, Walmart, grocery store. Water intake is also important. Dehydration is the most common cause for constipation.
    pumibel 42 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 08:01 PM
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  • my 3 year old grandson seems to have to strain to go to the toilet for a poo sometimes he even crys as it hurts him.he goes loads of times day and just does a tiny amount each time it is not hard so i can't see why he has such difficulty getting it out.i feel for him as he goes red in the face with the strain of trying to push it out.he has had this problem now for a long time and the doctor has given him lactulose but i am not sure if this has made matters worse or better.......any help out there please.....kittykatMy 3 1/2 year old daughter had this problem; we started feeding her bran muffins with raisins every morning...it definitely helped!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 09:39 PM
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  • I would add a good quality probiotic - there are some good children's chewables you can get at the healthfood store or at www.vitacost.com. This will help his intestinal flora. Adding fiber should definitely help, but go slowly...I would look into food allergies or intolerances. Does he eat lots of cheese? This can cause constipation. Also carrots and white rice - they are very binding. Organic brown rice cooked as a porridge (1c rice to 5 c water cooked VERY slowly for 5-8 hours) is extremely gentle and fortifying to the stomach. Add some prunes to the mix for extra laxative effect.Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 09:56 PM
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