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My 9year old son still holds his bowell movements. He has done this since he was a toddler. Is there any suggestions?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Time for consult
I would have him seen by his PCP and evaluated for chronic constipation/stool retention.
If your PCP is unfamiliar with the issue, contact a pediatric Gastroenterologist or developmental pediatrician.The various problems that lead up to this symptom are complex, and often take months and years to resolve with proper help.

In brief: Time for consult
I would have him seen by his PCP and evaluated for chronic constipation/stool retention.
If your PCP is unfamiliar with the issue, contact a pediatric Gastroenterologist or developmental pediatrician.The various problems that lead up to this symptom are complex, and often take months and years to resolve with proper help.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez-simon
Pediatrics - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Toilet retraining
It is important to give him quiet toilet sitting time 2 times a day to attempt to have a bowel movement.
He should not have any games or toys in the bathroom during this time and he should try to gently push to have a bowel movement. Occasionally some children may need a gentle stool laxative to assist with this retraining period. With time and positive reinforcement he should improve.

In brief: Toilet retraining
It is important to give him quiet toilet sitting time 2 times a day to attempt to have a bowel movement.
He should not have any games or toys in the bathroom during this time and he should try to gently push to have a bowel movement. Occasionally some children may need a gentle stool laxative to assist with this retraining period. With time and positive reinforcement he should improve.
Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez-simon
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Dr. Elizabeth Yen
Also pay attention to his positioning on the toilet seat. Are his feet comfortably touching the floor? If not, use a support for this feet. This will facilitate relaxing the pelvic floor muscles to permit passage of stool.
Dr. Indu Lal
Pediatrics
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In brief: Behaviour modificati
At 9 years of age , it is more a behavior issue.
He may need some stool softener and drink lot of water, high fiber diet for soft stool so he does not feel pain during bowel movement. Scheduling and encouraging daily bms is a healthy life style, .

In brief: Behaviour modificati
At 9 years of age , it is more a behavior issue.
He may need some stool softener and drink lot of water, high fiber diet for soft stool so he does not feel pain during bowel movement. Scheduling and encouraging daily bms is a healthy life style, .
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal
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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Miralax (polyethylene glycol)
This is a common probably and is often due to large, hard, or painful bowel movements causing pain.
..Therefore a reluctance to pass them. Often i suggest a daily dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help soften things up. If this doesn't work, a further work-up often needs to be performed.

In brief: Miralax (polyethylene glycol)
This is a common probably and is often due to large, hard, or painful bowel movements causing pain.
..Therefore a reluctance to pass them. Often i suggest a daily dose of MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to help soften things up. If this doesn't work, a further work-up often needs to be performed.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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