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When Should I Worry About Child Not Pooping
My child 5 years old had blood on her stool , she has problem of constipation is it something to worry about?
Yes: Blood on the stool and chronic constipation is always something to worry about, but not anything to panic about. The blood is likely due to either a small hemorrhoid or a fissure that tore and has caused some minor bleeding with the passing of stool. You need to be much more aggressive with treatment of her constipation. Much more fiber in diet, increase water intake and consider med like Miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
It may be encopresis: Encopresis can be caused by physical or psychological problems but is usually a result of chronic constipation. Your child should be seen by his pediatrician who may refer you to a specialist. For further work up or treatment. This condition may have serious medical or psycho-social consequences for the child and should be diagnosed treated expeditiously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Child retains stool: Assuming hirshprung's has been ruled out, her behavior may be a "control" thing. But, the longer she holds it in, the drier & harder it gets, & it hurts to pass. Have you tried using miralax/colace daily to improve laxation, a scheduled stooling program at which time each day she is expected to sit on the cammode, & have you rewarded spontaneous bowel movements on her part & disuaded her holding? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recycling: I'm not sure i would accept the accidental part as many toddlers believe their sense of taste is a way to understand the world. They have no social conscience at that age & may sample poo, dog food, bugs off the floor or poisons. A bit of poo is basicly just debris & germs. If it is their own, no signifant issues are likely. If from a pet, the pets gut germs may include bad ones. Watch for GI probs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends : It's hard to discuss without knowing what "special needs" means. If he is a teenager that really should be able to control his bowel movements, it could be encopresis. Essentially it happens when a child is so constipated, that the stool leaks around the impaction. If that what it is, treatment is aimed at managing the constipation. I often refer to the gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Is it possible for a child's anus or rectum to be too small and cause him to have trouble with pooping?
Yes- anal stenosis: As the intestine forms, it starts out like a long sausage that eventually forms an open space thru the middle.This gut descends to meet the skin of the outside (a different cell type) & the joining point can be tight or never actually connect. If a gloved little finger can easily enter the bottom, that is not the problem.Discuss the issue with your dr. ...Read more
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