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Jonathan, 7, has autism. He's been having constipation for yrs and this time it's been 2 weeks since his last bowel. Given Dulcolax and paraffin.

Jonathan, 7, has autism. He's been having constipation for yrs and this time it's been 2 weeks since his last bowel. Given Dulcolax and paraffin.

See his pediatrician: for a thorough history, physical & abdominal X-ray. He may need a "clean-out" before using bulk laxatives to have soft stools every other day for at least 6 mos. When stools are soft, have him sit on the toilet for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after a meal, with his feet supported so his knees are flexed, while blowing bubbles, playing on iPad, etc. Diet &/or low muscle tone are usually the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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My son has had chronic constipation since he was 2mo n he will be 9 yrs in dec. He has a foul smell that even after washing his clothes still smell.?

My son has had chronic constipation since he was 2mo n he will be 9 yrs in dec.  He has a foul smell that even after washing his clothes still smell.?

Chronic constipation: If your child has this bad constipation he neeeds to go see a GI doctor if your pediatrician is aware of it and has tried medications and stool softeners already. If his clothes smell, it sounds like he has stool leakage. Kids with chronic constip. Often have more liquid or softer stool leak past the hard stool in the rectum. Has he been checked for cystic fibrosis?(imp. In some races). ...Read more

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How to stop chronic constipation?

How to stop chronic constipation?

Diet and Medicines: First you have to find the cause of it, most likely it is due to lack of fiber in the diet. You can try different laxatives and seek consultation to get further testing. ...Read more

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I have chronic constipation. what can i doabout that.

I have chronic constipation. what can i doabout that.

See below: Constipation can present in several ways in general we would not expect constipation to present itself in an association with your menstruation. Several questions would help diagnose your problem. To include how often you normally move your bowels. Do you normally have a problem with constipation. Do you normally have pain in your pelvic and lower back area when you're constipated. Is your menstruation regular? Was this menstruation worse than your usual? Do you usually have cramping and discomfort at the time of your menstruation? A good rule of thumb in evaluating your bowel moment would include: bowel movement 1 to 3 times a day, the consistency of a banana, possibly floating, and six inches to a foot long. Other possibilities and more likely based on the small amount of data that I presently have is that you're having some type of hormone imbalance. Would suggest saliva testing to include estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. We would be happy to further discuss this issue in the concierge service at https://www.healthtap.com/dr-stevenfergusonmd ...Read more

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Any ideas of why this chronic constipation happens?

Any ideas of why this chronic constipation happens?

Poor diet and fluids: Not enough fiber and inadequate fluids. You need 20-25 grams of fiber and 80-100 ounces of alcohol free, caffeine free fluids every day, more if strenuous excercise is part of your daily routine. ...Read more

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Can chronic constipation damage the colon?

Can chronic constipation damage the colon?

Yes, but: There is a correlation between chronic constipation and diverticular disease which includes diverticulitis. Not everyone with chronic constipation gets diverticulosis. But, there are cases where patients get so much constipation, they get fecal impaction and have to be manually disimpacted. ...Read more

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Would taking probiotics help with chronic constipation?

Would taking probiotics help with chronic constipation?

Probiotic research: indicates that they help w/constipation. Here's a summary: "slowed “gut transit time” by 12.4 hours, increased the number of weekly bowel movements by 1.3, and helped soften stools," Dr. Ohira's brand is a well-respected one. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes chronic constipation and how do I get rid of it?

What causes chronic constipation and how do I get rid of it?

See below: The cause of chronic constipation in most cases is uclear. Potential causes include celiac disease, thyroid disease, hypercalcemia, adhesions, outlet dysfunction, poor diet and medications among others. The best initial treatment is a stool softener such as MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) daily. If you have bleeding, weight loss or are over 50 you should have a colonoscopy if you haven't already. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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