Embarrassing Bodies Kids: Episode 4

Constipation

Five year old Kelsey, like 1 in 12 children under ten, is suffering from a poo problem. Kelsey holds in her poo, as she finds it painful to go to the toilet, it can be as long as 7-10 days between poos. Dr Christian wants to determine whether Kelsey is suffering from constipation or toilet phobia, and has a feel of her stomach to check that her organs and bowels are ok and that there isn’t a build up of hard poo. He confirms that it is a psychological problem, rather than physical, and refers Kelsey to child constipation specialist Dr Anthony Cohn. Dr Antony tries to change Kelsey’s perception of poo through a friendly cartoon character Mr Poo and by prescribing a high fibre diet and laxatives. After trying out the treatment, mum Claire reports positive results to Dr Christian, Kelsey is going to the toilet regularly now, thanks to mums persistent use of the laxative.

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Dr Anthony Cohn, Consultant Paediatrician

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I'm 13 years old and I think this is what I have. Every time I need a poo i keep it in because of fear of pain. I know holding it in makes it worse but I'm so scared of the pain I can't help it. When I do have a poo it's very hard and big and extreemely painful. It feels like I'm pooing razor blades and that my bum has been ripped in half. Also when I wipe myself after I've had a poo there's loads of blood on the paper and some even drips on the paper. Also when I have had a poo before its so big and painful that I had to strain so much that it made my nose bleed. Is this worrying?? This has only happened once though. This has been going for about half a year and I need it to stop because it's so unbearable. Should I go to my doctor or what cause I don't know what to do please help me.I NEED HELP !





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my daughter is 11 and has suffered chronic constipation since birth. She's had lots of different medicines and suppositories over the years. She has had enemas and a kleanprep clearout(shes on this again at the minute).Shes been tested for hirschsprungs and coeliacs but both were negative. We are seeing her dr on tuesday and Im going to ask for her to have a MACE as this has been going on far too long. She still soils daily. the longest she has been without a poo is 9 weeks although now its been since way befor november(6 months plus) we have fought so hard for 11 years for treatment,tests and cure but have got nowhere.We are totally desperate to get somewhere before she goes to high school in August but I doubt we will get any help. We just get told she will grow out of it but she hasnt. Shes a fussy eater and barely eats because she feels full all the time. She also is small for her age. We are desperate for answers and help. If anyone can help us(the drs on the show) please we would be so grateful.





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My son is almost ten and has been constipated since he was four. THere are periods which are better than others, though it has never left us completely and sometimes it has been very bad with him soiling himself every day. We have been prescribed lactulose which did not really work and then sennacot. The Senna took almost ten days to work the first time we used it and after that initial time it didn't seem to work again. we were then prescribed movicol. I asked for a referral to a paediatric gastroenterologist but was told that it could be managed within the practice with movacol. The GP said that 'if it turns out we have got it wrong and can't manage it' then at that point they would refer to hospital. She said that my son needs to be on movacol every day, long term. My question is that how will the GP's know if my son's constipation is no longer there if he is taking a laxative long term? - won't this mask the symptoms which could remain only to need treatment, or exploration, at a later date? If he needs this we want it to happen before he is a teenager. I am worried about the long term effects of taking movacol too. Please help





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My daughter is now 10 years old, and has been syffering with this for the last few years/ Even now she holds herself, i find it so frustrating. She ended up in hospital last year for over a week, where they gave her 2 enemas. Finally when we came home she went to the toilet. She now hasnt been for 5 days and is in lots of pain but stil gets so far then holds her poo in at the last moment. I was told she would grow out of it, she attends constipation clinic but same thing every time theya ask her what she eats and drinks, if she has a bout again they just say up her movicol. Surely this isnt doing her any good all the time!!!!





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My daughter is now 6 and still suffering constipation she can go more than 10 days even with movicol and high fibre diet, I'm really struggling as to what to do she's embarrassed at school due to the soiling and I don't want her struggling socially. This started at around the age of 2 and a half. She's seen a specialist which hasn't helped they just prescribed moviicol, any suggestion? I've tried rewarding with small gifts and sticker charts, talking to her, reading poop stories





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Please get a 2nd opinion! My son's "Constipation" started at 22 months, he is now 14. The ONLY treatment Drs want to give is Movical, its a very lazy and cheap alternative to actually investigating the condition properly! Problem is if just one DR says it "Constipation", in my experience any subsequent doctors follow the first diagnosis to avoid under-mining the initial doctors assessment. By now my son would have been on Movical (A VERY strong Laxative) for 12 years! I was told he would grow out of it and that he was deliberately 'with-holding' to get my attention ... guess that's not the case with a 14 year-old. No adult would be allowed to remain un-investigated and on Movical for 6months+ without a GP considering Colon cancer as a possible cause, but it's OK for Kids to remain on movical and no other treatment for years?? My son now has a 'megacolon',piles, an ulcerated colon, so my very loud advice to you is to get your daughter help now, not movical.

My son pooed his pants every day. Would hold his poos up to 4 days. At an early age he got recurrent ear infections, doctors prescribed antibotics often 2 scripts at a time usually 4-6 times per year. Turned out antibotics destroyed most of his good gut bacteria and once given a 3 week treatment of Inner Health plus, eczema shield powder and Easiyo make your own home yogurt we had brilliant success. The Lactobacillus fixed his poo problems.





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I see that constipation is a big problem here. I had lots of constipation as a kid, and endless prescriptions of lactulose, I even resisted going for about 10 days until it was unbearable and I went for a suppository. Now that suppository was AMAZING! It changed what would have been excruciating pain into a normal, easy to pass stool, I couldn't BELIEVE it!You have to have a prescription for it though. One of my remedy's for a tear down there was sudocream, a bathroom cabinet must! I would put a generous amount on at night around the bottom hole, and depending on the severity of the tear, it would shave more or less healed in 1-3 night-time application.I still get it every now and again, but the most important thing to do to prevent this would be TO STAY HYDRATED WITH WATER!!!!!!!! it helps so much, so if you do anything to combat constipation, DRINK!!!!!





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My baby seems to scream n tense in pain he he also has thrush all over his mouth n tongue so I can't tell which one. It is





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my son is a teenager and suffers from pooing all the time in his pants. What can I do?





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Please get him a 2nd opinion! My son's "Constipation" started at 22 months, he is now 14. The ONLY treatment Drs want to give is Movical, its a very lazy and cheap alternative to actually investigating the condition properly! Problem is if just one DR says it "Constipation", in my experience any subsequent doctors follow the first diagnosis to avoid under-mining the initial doctors assessment. By now my son would have been on Movical (A VERY strong Laxative) for 12 years! I was told he would grow out of it and that he was deliberately 'with-holding' to get my attention ... here we are 14 years later, same problem so Hogwash in my view. Your son's life must be pretty miserable as an incontinent teenager, it is for my son. I don't know if your son is receiving any treatment(s) but we are looking into a 'new' treatment where the anus is botoxed: sounds horrendous but it does make some sense .. it allow the waste to come out, preventing further damage to the colon and as the botox wears off (over 3 months)the child gradually regains control of the anus muscle(?) and can re-learn how to poo. In reality it means 6-8 weeks of total incontinence and 4 to 6 weeks where the child will start to regain sensation/control. I figured this procedure is only possible if it could be done at the beginning to July, endure the worst over the school holidays with a 'break-through' by the start of the School term in September. I don't know if there is anyone (on here) who has agreed to this procedure for their child and had good results, but might be worth discussing with your GP?

hi my 3old son wont eat much. hes hasnt eaten much in the last 3months, the doctor said as long hes drinking its fine. but hes allways loved his food. he can only have a small sandwich and an apple and a yogurt and thats all for the day





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