A 17-year-old female asked:
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What is the chance of a child having a twisted bowel due to severe impaction? Giving senokot (senna) at bedtime one time no large movement yet tried supposito

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Dr. Leto Quarles
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Soften vs stimulate: "obstipation" (severe constipation, unable to pass bm, no other obstruction) can be tough to treat in kids, but untreated can lead to emergencies (twisted or ruptured bowel) or ongoing problems. Senekot is a gentle start, but she may need stronger meds to stimulate a bm as well. If it's been 3-5 days without bm or she has pain, work with her doc to manage and monitor a bowel regimen to get going.
Answered on Jul 4, 2013
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