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5-year-old child says belly hurts badly when she pushes on it, at & below belly button. She is not constipated. What could it be? What signs 2 look 4?

5-year-old child says belly hurts badly when she pushes on it, at & below belly button. She is not constipated. What could it be? What signs 2 look 4?

Several things...: Has she had any contacts with illness? Any recent travel? Loose stools? Bloody Stools? Any contact with animals, pets, in particular reptiles? Past history of constipation? Any fever? Is pain intermittent? Or is it persistent and worsening? Can she walk? or is she lying very still? These are the first questions we will ask when evaluating her.

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My 5 year old son does not poop every day, but when he does, it is quite large &he cries. Is he constipated? How much Miralax should I give?

My 5 year old son does not poop every day, but when he does, it is quite large &he cries. Is he constipated? How much Miralax should I give?

Constipation: Increasing water intake and increasing fiber intake are good ideas. You can give 1/2 of the dose of Miralax, but why not try something a little more child friendly? There are fiber gummies, or my personal favorite, Bush's baked beans. Half cup a day.

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5 year old daughter has had intense pain in lower left side for over an hour. No other symptoms. Have taken pepto and drinking water. Constipation?

5 year old daughter has had intense pain in lower left side for over an hour. No other symptoms. Have taken pepto and drinking water. Constipation?

Agree: With going to er. Yes it could be constipation but there are other problems more serious that need to be ruled out. Generally intense abdominal pain that is unrelenting and lasts for more than 1-2 hours with no relief needs to be evaluated.

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My 2.5 yr old is often constipated and not regular. How to establish regularity? Her diet is pretty balanced on the whole.

My 2.5 yr old is often constipated and not regular. How to establish regularity? Her diet is pretty balanced on the whole.

Diet: Constipation like that is almost invariably dietary and you should look at "balanced on the whole" it might just be the part of the diet that does notmeet the term "balanced" that is the invisible cause!

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What is the best cure for constipation of my 5 yr old with hives

What is the best cure for constipation of my 5 yr old with hives

Not related: Hives and constipation exist independent of one another. Constipation isusually either too much constipating food, not enough fiber, or not enough water. Fiber supplements help, as does cutting down on dairy and drinking more water. Hives are an allergic problem. First treat with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) then find and remove the cause of the hives. If all this fails, see your pediatrician.

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Can gummy vitamins cause constipation? The only real change in 3.5 yr old's diet in last 2 months & he used to be reg. Has gas but hard/painful stool

Can gummy vitamins cause constipation? The only real change in 3.5 yr old's diet in last 2 months & he used to be reg. Has gas but hard/painful stool

Stop it: The logical approach is to stop the gummy vitamin for a week or two to see if this is the cause for the constipation. Do note that most people (except pregnant women), do not need a multivitamin. In fact, it may do more harm than good.

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Constipation for a five year old, what to give them?

Constipation for a five year old, what to give them?

Start with diet: Pear juice, prune juice, increased fiber. If that does not help, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) (or generi, otc) has been used for years in kids.

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5yo boy poops one or two times a week and has since birth. X-ray reveals constipation. What are some causes and solutions?

5yo boy poops one or two times a week and has since birth. X-ray reveals constipation. What are some causes and solutions?

Child constipation: Causes - diet (not enough fluid and fiber, too much dairy), slow intestinal motility, stool withholding because of pain or fear of pooping, Hirschsprung's Disease, thyroid problems. These are the main causes but there are plenty of others. Regarding treatment, increase water and fiber intake and start Miralax (polyethylene glycol) 1-2 times per day to increase water content of stool (see other answers on treatment)

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My 3.5 yo son is potty trained for pee (has been for 6+ months) but absolutely refuses to poop in the potty. He is not constipated. What can we do?

My 3.5 yo son is potty trained for pee (has been for 6+ months) but absolutely refuses to poop in the potty. He is not constipated. What can we do?

Be Patient!: Trying anything but subtle encouragement will likely cause the opposite effect! At his age I would guess that only 1/2 of all boys are fully trained. Leave the potty available to him, offer privacy, and recognize his cues for a pending bm to suggest a sit on the potty. You might consider a star chart (star on the chart for each movement he does on the potty, but avoid treats as rewards.

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5yo has chronic constipation. Doc said colons completely full of stool. In 3 days had 4 100mg collace, 4 fiber gummies, 2 caps miralax (polyethylene glycol) & no bm. Wat causes?

5yo has chronic constipation. Doc said colons completely full of stool. In 3 days had 4 100mg collace, 4 fiber gummies, 2 caps miralax (polyethylene glycol) & no bm. Wat causes?

Relatively common: Stool retention is relatively common. Successful treatment requires a plan of scheduled emptying, long term use of stool softeners or wetting agents (like miralax), & work by the kid & parents for as much as a year or two. A skilled pediatrician or pedi GI doc can help. Good luck.

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I broke my leg when I was five years old should I be worried about artheritous?

I broke my leg when I was five years old should I be worried about artheritous?

Not to worry: Worrying about things you cannot control or change and that may never appear is a lot of wasted energy. This doctor thinks you would be wise to spend your time on other issues.

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My five years old girl looks skiny and loses weight easily too. Is there anyway to improve the situation?

My five years old girl looks skiny and loses weight easily too. Is there anyway to improve the situation?

Better nutrition: First, check a growth chart. She may be normal. If her weight is too low for her height, improve her calorie intake. She should drink whole milk and avoid low calorie/empty calorie drinks such as soda and juice. There are nutritional supplements but it is best to give her a well balanced diet.

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I am forty five years old doing government service I feel anxiety for writing infront of others how can I solve it? Need suggestion

I am forty five years old doing government service I feel anxiety for writing infront of others how can I solve it? Need suggestion

Therapy: You can see a therapist familiar with cognitive behavioral therapy, who can work with you on decreasing this anxiety. Same therapist may also know eft (tapping), because it's possible this could help also. Good luck.

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How come doctors recommend people over forty-five years old to drink milk?

How come doctors recommend people over forty-five years old to drink milk?

Calcium and Protein: Many american's have relatively low, if not deficient, calcium levels. This leads to slow leeching of calcium from our bones, making them more brittle in old age. I suspect any doctor's you've spoken with recommend milk for this reason. Milk is also a good source of protein. Remember the fat though, I always recommend skim milk, and at most 2%, for adults.