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Healthy 5yro, very constipated, no bowel for wk. Thrown up twice. Cycle: 5 7 days, huge poop, repeat. Dangerous? Besides fiber, what should we do? Er?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Common at this age

Voluntary stool retention is common at this age, results in gut distension, increases mucus secretion, & makes stools harder & more dessicated which in turn may result in painful stooling.
Child then squeezes more to avoid pain, ultimately passing sodacan size stools that plug cammode. See doc to rule out hirschprung's, intermittent pseudo-obstruction (ciip), cyclic vomiting, "secondary gain".

In brief: Common at this age

Voluntary stool retention is common at this age, results in gut distension, increases mucus secretion, & makes stools harder & more dessicated which in turn may result in painful stooling.
Child then squeezes more to avoid pain, ultimately passing sodacan size stools that plug cammode. See doc to rule out hirschprung's, intermittent pseudo-obstruction (ciip), cyclic vomiting, "secondary gain".
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