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my DD almost four had a virus afew weeks ago and has never had any problems with constipation aside from when she was a baby, she didnt go afterwards for three days and then started complaining of a sore tummy which alarmed us to the fact she hadnt been, a trip to the doctor at afterhours on NYs eve after severe tummy pain suggested we use lactulose and get her egular again. problem is around the time of the virus she had a reallty solid poo which mustve really hurt and has made her so phobic of going poos that she really putting it off, screaming when she even goes in there! Ive been to the doctor 3 times last time he was useless and said theres noithing wrong after feeling her tummy, which was semi reassuring, but still does not help with how we manage this problem of not wanting to go, obviously I cant keep her on lactulose as it seems to make her far more crampy and also made her vomit from the pain the other night which he thought was unrelated!! I just feel like something else is wrong and making it sore for her to go, have checked her bottom and looks fine maybe just psychological which is far harder for me to deal. we will see our nomral GP thank God on weds to address my concerns, anyone had dealings with this?
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Monday, 2 January 2012 8:07 a.m.
Saturday, 14 January 2012 7:49 a.m.
Going through this with my 4 year old after getting blocked up over Christmas. We have had her 6 days on lactulose and the fear is starting to go luckily. This was the most stressful experience for us. I made the mistake of searching the net on this and freaked out when I heard on some struggling years on. I think in most cases it really is that it was painful and it takes many more non painful ones to make them not scared. If things don't improve I suggest a peadatrician who would have more dealings with this. Good luck.
Thursday, 12 January 2012 9:48 p.m.
I'm not sure where you can get them here (ask the chemist I guess), but glycerin suppositories help with the bowel movement. You could tell her that they will make it hurt less to poo so maybe that reassurance will allay her fears. There's nothing medicated about glycerin suppositories, they just relax the muscles to help the poo come out, so you don't have to worry about laxative use or anything. If they're adult suppositories, you probably would want to cut them in half.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012 7:18 a.m.
Hi, our 4yr old Flynn had problems like this. He had a staf infection that was painful so of course didnt want to go and would end up going in his undies. He then became constpatd from the stress of it all (holding on to prevent the pain) and he was put onto lactlose. Its a bit of a circle really and I would try and keep up with the lactlose. Once the system has got going again the pain goes away therefore making the anxity go away. Took about a mth to work for us. He also had a fissure so that had to be treated to. Unfort we were told reward charts etc wont help as the pain is there so a reward given becomes pointless to them when they next go and it hurts again. You need to deal with the problem that may be causing pain 1st then work on the anxity if its still there. But generally once they realise the pains not there anymore when they go they hopefully will just start going again. Which is how it workd for us. Get your GP to check for fissures, we would never have found it when we check.
The cramping should clear up over a couple of days as it makes the system work. And make sure you give a BIG glass of water after as well as the lactlose binds water into the system to help regulate so a glass of water after helps with the process.
Anyway, thats what we learnt for it, hope some of it might help with you guys. Good luck.
Monday, 2 January 2012 8:55 a.m.
You poor thing, sounds like you have had a rough time for the last few weeks. While I have never had experience with my own daughter and being afraid of going number 2's, I work in an early childhood centre and we have had a few kids through that have been afraid of going. Lots of positive reinforcement and encouragement, maybe even create a reward chart and get some cool stickers from the $2 of her choice that she can put on every time she goes for a poo. Make it an easy goal like 5 times and she gets to pick a reward like a trip to the beach, playground etc. Also could try apple juice, prune juice or kiwifruit to help prompt her bowels to move. I hope your GP can help you out more than the other dr, it's so frustrating when they find "nothing" and you know too well there is something. Hang in there :)
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