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Chronic Constipation Autism Autistic
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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