Will a stool softener flatten my stomach?

If you have marked. Constipation in which retained feces is causing your GI tract to expand, then passing that feces may give the abdomen a flatter appearance.

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My 6 yr old nephew has always had hard time pooping. He would not take stool softener is there anything else I can try? The last time I went to dr with him (a few years ago) we were told his stomach was a little distended but dr had seen worse, given sup

Constipation . Constipation is very common in young preschool and school-aged children. It can be caused by any number of things such as: withholding, change in diet, changes in routine, family history, medications, cows' milk allergy, and occasionally another medical problems. Often, children with long-standing constipation will have leakage of small amounts of stool around the large, hard ball of stool sitting in their rectum. Since passing this large stool can be painful, many kids will continue to withhold causing worsening constipation. The key to fixing constipation is to figure out why it happened in the first place, disrupt the cycle of holding with medications and/or treatments and make permanent healthy dietary changes. Often, this can involve a number of treatments, so the best thing is to contact your nephew's doctor and discuss the constipation. They may suggest dietary changes, glycerine suppositories, and laxative use for a few weeks depending on the severity of the constipation. Extreme cases may require enemas or even hospitalization. Definitely, the sooner you have him seen and treated, the better! in the meantime, make sure he is drinking plenty of fluids and eating a high fiber diet (plenty of fruits, veggies and high fiber cereals). Limit foods such as white flour, sugar, meat and cheese that do not have much fiber. Try to have daily 5-10 minute "potty times" 2-3 times a day at the same time to get him on a schedule. Praise small victories and do not punish accidents - that can just make the withholding worse. Luckily, for most kids, constipation is a temporary thing and with proper treatment, they will be just fine. Good luck! Read more...

My kid 12 year son can't make bowle and has stomach pain and fever and stool softener not helping?

Clean-out needed. If you keep giving bulk laxatives without getting him cleaned out, he'll just cramp worse. Your pede or a pede GI may want a plain x-ray of his abdomen, then prescribe go-litely or enemas if he's too impacted. Once cleared, they'll have you give him MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) for at least 6 months. Chronic constipation can lead to diverticulosis & diverticulitis in adulthood, so it'll be good to seek treatment now. Read more...

Very terrible stomach cramps everymorning. Feels like somethings holding me back from pooping. On stool softeners, pain is still here. Gastro 6 m/wait?

GI doctor. Call the gastroenterologist's office and explain that this is urgent. Many will accommodate you under these circumstances. The alternative is to go to an urgent care facility or to an ER. Good luck, since this must be very uncomfortable. Read more...