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2 year old son in pain from constipation

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  • Posted By: jenniferj
  • April 25, 2007
  • 10:48 PM

Hello, I need help my two year old son has always had problems going to the bathroom since birth, used to be very big and hard, now it is getting better no so har,d but symptoms are getting worse. He has been on medincine for a year to help soften his stools, now he cant go to the bathroom without enemas or suppositories, when he goes to the bathroom he is screaming and in pain. He sits on his tallbone and rocks till it comes out. Now he has lost his appetite, the doctors keep saying fiber diet, which we have been doing for months with no change. He does not sleep at night because his stomach hurts so bad, it is distended and hard. We have cleaned him out time after time, it does not get any better. He now changed very much, he used to be happy and eat, and play outside ewith his sister, now he sits on the couch alot and cries, i dont know what else to do. Please givce us any advice you have.

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  • Please get him checked for food allergies. I've been through this with my kids. One had diarrhea, the other constipation. Both turned out to have allergies to very common foods (milk, soy, oranges, chocolate). Often the food/drink they crave the most is what they are allergic to.Also, given how often he has been "cleaned out" it would be a good idea to give him some probiotics to replace the missing flora and fauna in his digestive system.Best,Shula
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  • Please get him to a NAET practitioner, who will be able to pinpoint EXACTLY what he has an allergy to - it could be calcium, b vitamins, or even environmental. NAET is the ONLY treatment that I am aware of that will actually eliminate an allergy - it is truly revolutionary, and noninvasive! Please look into this, visit www.naet.com and see if there is a practitioner near you. If you cannot find one near you, then I would recommend finding a naturopathic, homeopathic, or chiropractor to help your son. Western allopathic medicine just isn't very holistic, and woefully lacking in the nutrition dept. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am so sorry for your son. I would definitely get him checked out and yeah a fiber diet is supposed to help but sometimes it just doesn't work. I saw the replies on food allergies and that's good advice. I also wonder if there might be something that's blocking or maybe malformed in the digestive tract. Have they done a colonoscopy or anything like that to be sure there's not something else that would be inhibiting a bowel movement. I've suffered constipation my whole life and it is very very painful at times. It's not like a child to just give in and change their behavior. That worries me. God Bless and I hope he feels better soon.
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  • All the above are very good advice.Additionally, try changing his diet for a month. Begin with him eating no solid foods for a day or two (even 5). Only as much as wanted veggie broth. Overcook baby marrows and cabbage in water, then save the water and discard the rest. Flavour with Trocomare salt only if needed. This brew can be kept in the fridge for a day. It is very nutritious, makes one feel great. Also plenty to drink but no tea, coffee, carbonated drinks etc. ONLY use sterilized (long life) milk. Mix hot water, honey /sugar and sterilized milk for a drink. In Africa we call it "silver tea".After some time on the fast, softer stools will appear - quite a lot, as if he was eating normally. There are fluids that should get added by the gall bladder etc, to form healthy stools. These form stools even when we don't eat much. The fast gives the organs a chance to sort themselves out. After this, go back to solid foods, BUT:Avoid all processed, branded stuff, including cereals with bran! Go for basic materials. NO bread or pasta (it acts like glue) and NO meat (it makes intestines fester). Plenty cooked veggies (nothing raw) especially butternut (well mashed and mixed with sugar to taste) and real mashed potato (not from powder in a bag), flavoured with cold olive oil or real butter, and Trocomare salt. The mashing and flavouring is just to make it taste better for kids. Keep things natural and simple and look for high quality fresh veggies that taste good. Also try cabbage, some kids like it.Bran can actually make things worse, abandon it for a while. Then in the mornings start making Oats Bran porridge with sugar and sterilized milk. The oats "bran" is softer than other bran and does the same job, namely to retain water. But start with bran only later.Dreading bowel movements is inevitable but will make it worse, so get him homeopathic Resque Remedy, ask for the sugary pills version that are sucked. Or anything homeopathic for nervous tension. He should try to have a bowel movement at least once a day. There will be some, which then gets no chance to dry out.Better than most medications is slow-release vitamin C, for him about 500 mg per day. You could mix ascorbic acid into the porridge etc. If you have soft dried prunes in your country, add them. They have iron, to make up for not eating meat. Of course once things are better and stable, he can go back to eating anything. If it then gets worse again, you go back to fasting etc.An easy Yoga movement is "The Cat". Show him how a cat stretches, and why. On all fours, lower back curved inward, front paws far out. This they do to make an involuntary muscle in the colon pass their stool through to the rectum. It works for us too. We can bring our hands back in (to all fours position) to achieve a better inward curve of our spine. Also find excuses to do lots of running and exercises with him.
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • I also have no doubt you will find these posts interesting -http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showpost.php?p=42284&postcount=10http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showpost.php?p=42295&postcount=20http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showpost.php?p=42182&postcount=18 Remember to read these external pages (in full please): www.drcarley.com and http://members.aol.com/doctorrmosk/articles/hidden.htm - thank you.
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • You may also want to try Miralax too, It used to be a prescription but now you can buy it in Wal-mart. My nephew is 5 now and it has helped him since he was in infant. It works well and you can mix it with whatever he is drinking. Good luck!
    stacylynn 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm now impressed with most pages at Westonaprice.org such as www.westonaprice.org/askdoctor/ - I recognise easy tips there that I've been told but have forgotten again. Such as fermented bran, the secret of many healthy Africans.Be sure to read this one: www.westonaprice.org/soy/complaints.html whole page (!) and elsewhere http://thyroid.about.com/cs/soyinfo/a/soy.htm .. There is a lot of soy in commercial bread and many other products.
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies Flag this Response
  • A parent should assure that any child with these types of symptoms (constipation since birth, hard stools, abdominal distention, lack of appetite) has been tested for Hirschsprung's Disease. It is curable by surgery. The disease can be very harmful or lead to a fatal intestinal infection if not diagnosed. I was misdiagnosed for several years with chronic constipation, but I actually had Hirschsprung's. There's many details about the disease on the web.
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  • How about lots of pear juice, along with prune if he'll take it--or give him prunes to eat, too. Try some Bach Flowers--read through the emotions and pick one that fits him. You can find them at your local health food store or online.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Actually I use to have the same problems I had gotten a cat scan done and then a upper and lower GI. Its probably the lining of his intestine is bruised or swollen because I remember having lots of pain of what I ate and ended up in the bathroom for awhile and I couldnt sleep hardly but slept sleepin up on a pillow. And started to eat gluten free foods, I also take prevacid for my stomach and you take it in the morning 30mins before you eat every day and it regulates the stools so it won't be to often and hurt so much. And I've had ibuprofen 800mg for two weeks and I started to feel fine after like a month, but the pains are they on the lower left side above his waist? because at first the doctors thought it was my stomach but it was my intestine you should get that checked out
    boyz872003 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello, I need help my two year old son has always had problems going to the bathroom since birth, used to be very big and hard, now it is getting better no so har,d but symptoms are getting worse. He has been on medincine for a year to help soften his stools, now he cant go to the bathroom without enemas or suppositories, when he goes to the bathroom he is screaming and in pain. He sits on his tallbone and rocks till it comes out. Now he has lost his appetite, the doctors keep saying fiber diet, which we have been doing for months with no change. He does not sleep at night because his stomach hurts so bad, it is distended and hard. We have cleaned him out time after time, it does not get any better. He now changed very much, he used to be happy and eat, and play outside ewith his sister, now he sits on the couch alot and cries, i dont know what else to do. Please givce us any advice you have. I dont think your doctors have done anywhere enough for your son, he shouldnt have been allowed to get worst like that.. as over time, if not properly treated, the bowel will get distended (stretched)..making the issue all the worst. Has he seen a specialist (gastointestinalist) for this issue??? He should of. If not, you need to insist for a referal!!! (and if he has seen a gasto doctor who's not helped, you need to go and see a different one). My own daughter due to muscle problems (she was unable to push well and her peristalsis didnt work well).. had a severe constipation issue (from birth) which after several hospitalizations (big G&O enemas) and almost surgery one time as she was sooo impacted.. anyway.. we ended up getting her meds right but it was really a trial and error thing to work out which took over 6 mths, how many meds she needed and what doses she needed. (She ended up on 4 different bowel meds.. at adult doses, at only the age of 2 yrs old. Today..she's on no meds at all :) ) I'll give you my email address in case you wish to contact me.. as i have a lot of advice I can give on this issue. tania_selth@yahoo.co.uk Im curious if you have been doing things for his issue, without the doctors advice? (As some meds can make the bowel lazy and cause worst issues. Does doctors know how often you are needing to give him enemas? .. Yeah i understand that he needed them...but too many enemas can make bowel lazy too.. the problem needs to be try to be solved by other meds and ways.. it needs to be brought under control with the enemas just stand by things, just when needed.. they shouldnt be relied on all the time. 1/ enough fibre in diet? (whole grain foods)2/ enough water in diet? (important for him to be drinking enough water) You need to get him cleared out properly and then aim to make sure he goes properly EVERY DAY. To miss a day.. can lead to it all building up again. Once you have got meds which kind of work for him ..then you may also need some kind of plan of action needs to be formulated for him on what to do if a bowel motion dont occur. (to prevent any bad issue reoccuring). In my own daughters case.. that involved increasing her meds if she missed going for one day.. and the next day if she still hadnt gone meds were further increased.. after that, well then an glycerine enema was given. If that didnt work.. another kind of enema was given twice (microlax).. and if that didnt work and the fews days of increased meds wasnt working either.. well it was a hospital trip for G&O enemea to be done. The problem just shouldnt be left to be an ongoing one.. causing pain and more issues. If a child is scared of going due to pain.. they will hold back and make the issue worst. A friends young daughter had an anus which was smaller than normal.. and hence she had problems with her child too.. her child developed an immense fear of going which caused further issues. Her child's case got fixed by meds and hypnosis. The hypnosis... stopped the child from holding on and making issue worst in that way.................. I'll try to help you help your child.. but i need to know what meds your child is on first? I will suggest things from there... different meds work in different ways.. some things grease the bowel, other things soften the stool, other things increase fibre. He may need some kind of combination of all the above.
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  • This could be caused also by celiac disease. It is an intolerance to gluten. Although most may not agree costipation, abdominal distention, weight loss and irritability are all syptoms of celiac disease. A blood test is needed to diagnose and then a biopsy if it comes back positive. Early diagnosis is extremely important to prevent further damage to the small intestines and is treated with a gluten free diet. Starting early helps with the child getting used to the diet so as not to run into a grumpy child not understanding why they can't eat the things that they once ate and sneaking food causing further damage. It is better to be safe than sorry and a blood test as bad as it may seem to the little guy may save you a lot of greif in the long run.
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