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5 yo. son had intestinal difficulties

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  • Posted By: cmabry
  • March 29, 2008
  • 09:53 AM

My son has had let's say intestinal differences since he was 2.5 yo.
Mainly the problem has been constipation. but it has evolved into cramping throughout the day, and loose stools. their will be "lumps" in his belly (fecal matter) that don't move much for a long time. He has cramps through out the day, and loose stools. He will have a solid stool a few times in a few months. It is sometimes very large. This is rarer and rarer though. Doctor's say it's nerves, because the cramping and constant loose but sparse elimination continues into the night at times. His condition seems much less serious than it has been in the past. I've been giving him fiber and exercise seems to help. He rarely has a normal b.m. but pain seems less troublesome lately, or he might just have become more embarressed about it. He still has to wear training pants because of constant loose stools. Mentally he's fine, but I don't think he will be able to go to school next year, and he's almost 6. We can't get a good stool sample from him because elimination is too sparse.
ANy help is appreciated, especially experienced...

Thankyou
cm

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  • Have you had him checked for celiac disease?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please go to the link below and read the info on fecal incontinence. But first let me tell you a story. When my nephew was a toddler, he would get constipated. It hurt passing hard poop, so he tried to stop it, held it in, and would get more constipated. Soon it became a mental & physical thing. He finally would pass a very large poop which hurt. He did finally get pass this, but does it sound familiar? Now go read the link and tell me if this could be what's going on with your son. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/fecalincontinence/
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, I do think emotions and stress play a part, but I would have him checked for food intolerances, which is a common cause of bowel problems, especially in children. What does he eat and drink on a daily basis? Is he a picky eater? Allergenic foods include wheat/gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and others. Please research a noninvasive, nondrug treatment called NAET. NAET is fantastic and may really help get your son back on track. www.naet.com for more info. Also consider finding a naturopath or kinesiologist or homeopath to help. A holistic approach may really help get him on the right track to health. IMO they are better able to work with chronic digestive issues. Lastly, get your son a good children's chewable PROBIOTIC - this is VERY important to help get his intestinal flora in balance. You can find this at any good healthfood store - I like FloraBear's children's chewables and use them for my kids. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I found this link interesting and thought I would share. At the bottom of the first page you will find "When to call the doctor about constipation". The last sentence is what worries me. I hope you find an answer for your son. I wish you well. Bethhttp://www.healthy.net/scr/Article.asp?Id=246
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, Beth this sounds very familiar. Thanky ou for the helpful article. I'll take the diety advise into account, and start keeping a food diary. We're getting him to a specialist soon. Thanks for your help.
    cmabry 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks DomI'll see about getting him checked for allergies and guten intolerance. I've started sprinkling lacto baccilus on his food, but I'll get the florabear chewable tomorrow morning, thanks.Also, there seems to be a Naet specialist only 5 miles away. I'll look into that. Thanksc
    cmabry 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't know if my other replies will show up or not. Thanks to Beth and Dom for all your help. With much appreciationC
    cmabry 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks DomI'll see about getting him checked for allergies and guten intolerance. I've started sprinkling lacto baccilus on his food, but I'll get the florabear chewable tomorrow morning, thanks.Also, there seems to be a Naet specialist only 5 miles away. I'll look into that. Thanksc Wow, that is great there is a NAET practitioner near by - do look up info on this treatment on their website. I really think it would be helpful. IMO Western allergy testing is dubious at best, and often overlooks food intolerances. I spent over $800 on allergy testing that said I had no allergies, even when I would get an acute asthma attack if I walked by juniper! I just don't think the skin testing is very accurate. Best wishes,DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
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