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    Faecal incontinence means children involuntarily open their bowels and soil themselves, often without being aware it's happening, and this can occur several times a day. Read more →

    My advice would be to see your GP and ask to be referred to a child constipation or continence clinic as soon as possible. We spent a year having contradictory advice from different GPs whilst her constipation got worse and worse. In my experience GPs do not understand this condition or the way that it should be best treated. Her life has changed since she has seen the specialist.

    Hiya. I totally sympathize with you. My son Kaelan, was seen by our GP numerous times and then referred but we were given no answers in terms of diagnoses. All I was being told was that it was probably worms. Although after worming him twice, with no effect, we knew it had to be something else. It wasn't until we met Anouk that we finally got some answers. She knew what the problem was straight away...an anal fisure. My advise to you is to keep on at your GP and insist you be referred to investigate the possibility of a fisure. After our meeting with Anouk, Kaelan has been prescribed Xyloproct (a cream) to heal the tear and Movicol(a powder for oral solution) to keep his stools soft to avoid a reoccurence of anymore tearing. We were quite shocked to hear Kaelan had been suffering with constipation. As a family we enjoy a high fibre diet, eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. According to Miss Van der Avoirt some children's digestive systems are slower than others. It's just one of those things. Kaelan is getting on really well now. His had one little tear since but no way as bad as it was before. He just has to keep up the treatment and we have to make sure he drinks plenty of water, as this can also be a cause of constipation. I hope this has been of some help to you. Good luck with getting your son treated. Regards, Esther x

    my 4 year old daughter suffers with a constant stomach pain, sometimes it gets worse but she says she has it all the time, she doesnt have constipation or vomiting but does get very sore arround her bum. my doctor is useless and just gave her laxatives , any ideas





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    my son has a bowel condition. he suffers extremely bad from constipation and has done since he was 1, he is now 6. He can go 2 weeks without doing a poo and when he does he is in very bad pain and the poo is so large it blocks the toilet sometimes. the doctors keep giving him meds, he has had movicol and lactulose that dont work and wont refer him for tests! he gets embarrassed at school as he can sometimes soil himself a little bit but even when he soils himself , it still takes him a few days 2 do a proper poo. is there anything else i can do?





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    Hello, I don't really have a solution to your problem but I can relate to everything your saying my 3 year daughter is exactly the same and I just feel like the doctors are not interested. I have tried to get them to do more test but they say she has a lazy bowel which is no good to me when she's in pain everytime she goes to the toilet. It is just nice to know that your not on your own.

    I have had the same problem from the age of 4 and I am now 20 years old, sometimes a fibre suppliment added to an orange drink or other drink he likes may help, you can also cook it into food and treats so he wont een notice it's there but it has helped me, I have had every medication and nothing has helped. I control mine with diet and exercise now, good luck to you and your son!

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    is it normal for 9 year old boy to poo every 3 weeks??when he does its enormous and painful and blocks toilet.on movical but if drink it in between 3 weeks,gets terrible diarrear.even with 1/4 teaspoon.help please.normal paeditrician say just constipation.he had it since 3.i dont think it normal.as he 'gives birth' every time he goes.





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    My grandson is the same and the drs are saying he has an emotional problem, as to why hes like this, he also is on movical and the drs have also put him on senokot, we have had more diarrear, he was off school for 2 week with diarrear and this is no good for his education,i stopped the movicol for a while and kept him on the senokot but hes gone back the same. i know this isnt an answer but it has helped me to realise that its not just us i just dont know what to do any more, he's in high school now and most days comes home with leakage and this is not right, and as you can imagine im scared now incase the bullying starts. i just need someone to see us and help instead of just giving the medicine as this isnt helping

    sorry i am a bad speller. no boys should go to the toilet more than that my son who is 2 years old has the same kind of thing and what i would do is give him lots of water to drink and if it does not work you will have to try this it worked for my son you mix honey and barly water togher and give him it it will make going to the toilet a lot easyer but it will be a week before you may see it working

    my son whose 2yrs also has an "outie belly button" we were told its a hernia and that it may go back on its own. they also told us that he could have an op when hes older if it hasnt gone back. my son also suffers from chronic constipation, he will go for days without doing anything docs put him on movicol which helps sometimes but we have to double up the dose on the advice of "poo nurse". we did have him wee pottie trained but its all gone wrong thanks to no support from the doctors or poo nurse. i need help too!!!! please

    My sister seems to have constipation. She's always been prone to sore throats and a bad stomach. This happened to her the same before and she was put on medication, a month after she stopped it started again, we've tried to give her something to help but its just making her vomit. If she does finally 'go' its often been small clumps and very hard which is hurting her. She eats plenty of fibre and drinks enough. She's very tired a lot but still can't manange to stay asleep and often wakes up in the night in pain. Also she has extremely violent and sudden mood swings that nobody can control... What should we do???





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    Hi. My 7 year old daughter is showing signs of early puberty. She has begun to develop breasts and has pubic hair. I contacted my GP and he took blood tests which have returned normal. He did a full blood count and a hormone test I now have to wait 9 to 12 weeks to see a pediatrician. I really worried my daughter may take her period. She has also been having constipation since these symptoms have appeared. Im very worried





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    hi my daughter of 18 months has suffered from constipation from 12 months. when she does need to go she is so scared and sore she hides. tonight her stool was white, does anyone know what is causing this? she has a healthy diet. the gp has prescribed 10ml of lactolous twice a day but this doesn't help. she's too young for the doctor to prescribe movicol so she's been referred to a specialist, her appointment isn't for another couple of weeks though. im really worried about the white stool. also they are always large and really smelly. thanks to anyone with advice!





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    I have friends who have a gluten intolerance. One of the symptoms is white stools. I would stress you take her to then doctors and make sure they test her for it. They can do it via blood test.

    My 3 year old daughter has an outie belly button and was premature with lots of complications, lots of tubes in belly button. She now suffers from chronic constipation, treated by GP with movicol and senna. I read somewhere that these two things are related, is this true? And also, is there anything that can be done about outie belly button?





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    my son whose 2yrs also has an "outie belly button" we were told its a hernia and that it may go back on its own. they also told us that he could have an op when hes older if it hasnt gone back. my son also suffers from chronic constipation, he will go for days without doing anything docs put him on movicol which helps sometimes but we have to double up the dose on the advice of "poo nurse". we did have him wee pottie trained but its all gone wrong thanks to no support from the doctors or poo nurse. i need help too!!!! please

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    My daughter who is nearly two has just had a positive result for coeliac disease. We are lucky to have had a relatively quick diagnosis. Doctors did keep saying it was just constipation and prescribing laxatives but then the consultant did a test. Her symptons were constipation, very bloated tummy and then sickness every few days and some weight loss. I would urge anyone to get a test as I was beginning to think I just needed to accept it was just constipation which she will grow out of (as the doctors were telling me) but it turned out to be coeliac disease.

    Like so many other cases, my son has been having problems with constipation for the last 3 years (he is now 6). Although he is on Movicol, we still have problems - not going for a week, it being huge when he does go, and it also doesn't flush. After going to and from the GP and also the Constipation Clinic, and alot of pestering, we have finally got the doctor at the Constipation Clinic to agree to run some blood tests. Even if the blood tests do not show up anything, at least we will know that there are no other causes. I think as a parent, you just have to be a complete pest with GP's etc in order for them to do anything other than just sending you away with Movicol.





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    My son has been on movicol for over a yr and his belly is swollen. My doctor suggested limiting his portions, which I did. My son eats very heartily and doesn't take any dairy products either. I asked could my son be refered to a specialist and was told no, his doctor said I am obsessed wiv his belly being swollen m I said I was concerned. What can I do to make him listen? I hav been festering him for ages and I an getting angry now

    I have read so many comments, where parents views are so readily dismissed, it's disgraceful that we're not listened to, as it's us that have to deal with the problems day in and day out. Anyway, since my last posting - we went back to the Constipation Clinic and was told that nothing showed up on the blood test, and just to carry on with the Movicol. I was not happy with this and went back to my GP, she was annoyed that the clinic were not trying any other avenue and also that they had not copied her in on the blood test results. She has referred him to another specialist at the local hospital, so we will have to wait to see what they say. Like I said before, you just have to keep pestering away.

    Hi, I'am 16 years old and suffering from constipation for about 6 month but the last two to three weeks i've not even felt like I needed to go but when I try I struggle. I've changed what I have been eating before to high fibre and fruit and veg but nothing seems to change. Want to find out if it's just constipation or something else if anyone could help. Thank you





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    My son is 6 and has suffered from what doctors believe to be constipation since he was 4 months old. We have had variety medication which works to begin with, then his body. The reason for my comment is i watched your show on 07/05/10 where you featured a little boy who was in pain when going to the toilet. My son seems to have some similarities to this child but we have always been to that its constipation. what do you suggested that i do.





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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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    Hi My daughter is 3 next week and has suffered from chronic constipation since she was 4mths old (when she started on solids). she has been in hospital many times for blockages and had lots of tests (coeliac,biopsies,beriam xrays,cameras, intolerances (she has a nut allergy) etc, etc, etc) she is under the hospital for it and has 60ml of lactulose, 4 movicol and 15ml of docusate sodium every day. its horrible to see her in so much pain.she has tears on her bum and has had piles. They are now putting it down to IBS and she is having thyroid tests done as she suffers from pins and needles quite a lot and does not gain weight. I hope you all sort your little ones constipation out very soon.





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    my daughter is now almost 6 yrs and has suffered from constipation almost since birth,it has become a nightmare as she is now terrified of the toilet and all it involves she refuses to empty her bowels in the toilet and will only do so in a pullup this is effecting her socially, has anyone any advice please

    Hi my son will be 4 in October. he has sever constipation all his life, he has been on every medication, movicol, and few others. anyway we saw peads 2 years ago who put him on pic solphate 20mil a day. with this even though we have has problems he has been pooing and got his appetite back again, not great but better the what it was. anyway i jan we was told by peads to decrease it by one mil a month. he is now on 6mil a day. anyway this has effected him, as he is going back to same place again, he is strugglin gto poo, he is on the toilet for an hour, used to be on toiler for about 20 minutes when we started decreasing. he says it wont come out. i am so stressed that we will go back to stage one again of no poo's and severe constipation, i was told that his body will learn to poo and get rid of backlog. was going well up until we started lowering the dose and now its been really bad. please help!!!!





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    Hi, I'm 23. I am suffering from majority of the symptoms stated above I mean I have cloudy urine, it really burns during and after urinating. The last two times however I have noticed a blood after urinating. Quite stressful really.. The after burning sensation was reduced when I wiped myself with water straight after urinating. I have been feeling sick as well! I have just read the threads above and just seen that u must treat constipation quickly to avoid UTI. I have been quite stressed recently with having to move away from home to go to uni.. Which had affected my system quite a fair bit. Erm.. I suffered from constipation lady week also had a milder form of UTI, I thought it went away but it came back today! Not a nice feeling at all.. Especially when your Trina to sleep n have an early start in the morning!





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    Hi my little boy has had the same problem for years and has only recently starting to get resolved. He's five now and if he'd been started on the right treatment I think his problem could have been resolved easily without the months of upset and frustration. The doctors put my little boy on lactulose and it did work to some extent but never really fully sorted the problem and he kept lapsing back into constipation. He got so bad he was admitted to hospital and finally started on medicine called movicol. Apparently he should have been started on this treatment from the start as it is the chosen medicine for chronic constipation. He now goes everyday and we are weaning his dose down from 8 sachets of movicol a day down to 2. A day.

    My son is now 12 and is still soiling his pants once to twice a day. This has been going on his whole life. We have to been to many specialists. They say it all relates to constipation. Was on parachoc, movicol all those things for years and nothing worked. Used to give him enemas as a little boy, which wasnt pleasant!! He was checked by a neurologist for spina bifida, no idea why. been to incontinence clinics, childrens hospitals, naturapaths, all any one can tell me is its constipation. It happens at school, hes just learnt to except the fact and its not right. He is going to high school next year and I want this fixed. Years ago I was told his sphincta was probably stretched by being constipated for such a long time, but it has never got better, he says he doest feel it. Its embarrasing for him and frustrating, I need someones help!! What can I do?? At the moment were just living day by day dealing with it cause nothing works. Is there some kind of operation to fix it. Hes 12 I dont want him to spend his whole life like this, It cant be healthy, what do I do?????





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    try to get your GP to refer you to hospital, and ask for botox to be injected into his sphincter,(they do it at leicester RI) it should relax his muscles and therefore allow him to pass faeces more easily n painfree, my 5 year old grandson has had this done and YES IT WORKS!! however it doesnt last very long, he has had this done 3 times in all and also needs to ave GA for manual evacuations,he has now been put on a waiting list to have a "MACE" procedure again at leicester RI. this is where his appendix is taken to the outside of his abdomen and twice daily he will have to sit on the toilet for approx 20 mins while a liquid is passed through a catheter to wash out his bowel, sounds very daunting but the hole in his abdomen would be the size of a catheter and weve been informed that it is 85% effective and is also reversable. good luck i sympathise with you and your son.

    there IS AN OPERATION!!!! mt 5 year old grandson has had botox injected into his sphincter under GA, however it doesnt last very long, and hes had to have it done 3 times and also manual evacuations under GA, he is now on a waiting list for a MACE procedure ( wort googleing) it will sound very daunting but its not that bad really, theres 85% sucess rate on this op, we have been assured that the gastro nurses do not let the 15% get away with it not working!!! they do both types of surgery at Leicester royal infirmary, i must add the surgeons are excellent there and the nurses are second to none, very welcomming and although they are run of their feet they ALWAYS have time for you and your child, good luck

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    My Daughter is 5 and she has had constipation since a baby, she as been in and out of hospital, she can go for weeks and weeks without having a poo, and all I have been advised to do is give her Movical, and I really dont think Movical helps at all, she as been having 2 sachets a day, but i have just been advised that i need to be giving her more, (i got told some people have up to 12 aday) i can barley get my daughter to have 2, i am really stuck on what to do and i am at my witts end with it all, as it is effecting her school life because she is soiling her self and also wetting her self most of the day too. i also think it is something more than just constipation, is there any other kind of madicine or proceedure they can have to make them go. she has been into hospital a few times and had a few treatments which as made her go but they havent lasted and she just gets bunged up again. I really dont know what to do any more, my daughter is actually off school at the moment because of it. She as got a very good diet plenty of fruit and fibre she as a very good appitite. Somebody HELP!!! Thank you





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    my daughter is 4 n as the same problem, i'm sick of washing her knickers n bedding all the time n it is stopping her having a normal life at school but all the above is spot on with my story i do feel for you cathy xx

    I hope this helps... I hid my childrens movical in fruit juice or dilute juice, they can't taste it. Hope it works for you! :-)

    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 4 year old was on lactulose for 6 months and she has been on movicol for nearly a year now she still has constipation and she still holds it in as she keeps getting really red sores like nothing ive ever seen before on her bottom,ive been back to the doctors since this started on average 3 times a month, not one of them has looked at these sores and im extremeley angry and frustrated with the doctors and im going again tomorow to demand to see a peadeatrition, its heartbreaking to watch my child go through so much pain and to be told to just keep using sudocrem and movicol when its clearly not working and being told that the constipation is caused by diet which is untrue as my daughter is a very good eater,she might have a fear of going to the toilet now after 2 years of pain she might be associating the pain with the toilet but i dont think thats the case as she does try to go toilet and since getting a sore bottom shes even been going a bit at a time in her knickers





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    Marie I really know what your going through; my daughter was finally diganosed with impact constapation nearly 4 months ago (after visiting 4 different GPs at our surgery over 2 months), like yourself I had problems getting any of them to even look at her and take the problem seriously. Thankfully we are with BUPA who let us go to see a peadatrician, she then did an x-ray that showed the build up of poo inside of her, but then that peaditrician lost all interest! We then went back to GPs saw a 5th doctor who refered us to another peaditrician; this one has been excellect, he monitors the build up inside of her and assess how much movicol she needs to take, been told this can last upto 18 months or so :( Does your daughter wet herself? (to get these sores)as the constipation pushes the bladder (my daughter does have a problem with leakage), I also wake her up at least once a night to check she is clean and so that i can take her to the toilet. I hope you get some answers as i know this problem can make you feel very alone x

    i would suggest you cut down on het milk intake as this is a common cause of constipation in youngters

    Hi m 21 years old i hv bin suffering from constipation its bin a year now,,i tried almost evrithn it does not work.





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    Holland & barratt sell tablets called fibre force. They are fab. Take 2 with breakfast lunch & tea & u will not be constipated. U will do a normal toilet every day. I swear by them.

    Holland & barratt sell tablets called fibre force. They are fab. Take 2 with breakfast lunch & tea & u will not be constipated. U will do a normal toilet every day. I swear by them.

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    hi lucas, i am sorry you are going through that. i am 27 i had an anal fissure last year from being constipated too i had to go see the doctor because it hurt so bad. they put me on a mild steroid cream to help heal it. i think you need to tell your mom if your dad won't understand. i am sure they have delt with plenty of thier own emberassing things in life maybe even this same thing. it needs to be looked at by a professional incase it is infected or it needstitches but even though it hurts to make sure and clean it well after using the bathroom to keep infection from happening. the other reason you need to see the doc is that this fissure is only a symptom of the constipation you are going through and i think you would feel waaaaaaay better if you could know what is causing that and solve it! consistant constipation can also cause future hemorhoids and you seriously want to avoid those if you can. also drinking lots of water and eating fiber will really help you be able to go #2, the water helps keep your poop from drying up and becoming hard to pass and apples are a great source of fiber. last tip, don't "push" it out if you can help it when you are trying to go just relax and let it happen if it doesn't don't sit there forever just wash up and wait till you for sure need to go. good luck!

    hi my name is Amanda smith ive a 2 year old son who is suffering with constipation is there anything i can give him to help him to go to the toilet AS IT IS FRUSTRATING NOT BEEN ABLE TO HELP HIM THANK YOU .





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    hi my daughter was very constipated for a very long time, nothing seemed to work, she was in so much pain it was awful. i was advised to stop cows milk and try goats instead. i really didnt hold out much hope, but the transformation in a couple of weeks was not far short of miraculous. she is never constipated now also she used to be quite croupy and this has completly gone. its worth a try. i shared this advise with a friend whos child had similar problems recently and the effect was the same for her child also. hope this helps

    thanks for replyin to my message il give it a try cause my poor little mite is still suffering thanks very much

    hi my son is 16months, constipation started after i weaned off formula to cow milk,i've been giving him lactulose but only helps for a few days.i don't know what to try next someone please help





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    my son has been having problems with consipation since he was 7 months now he is 2 and a half. He suffered terribly and we tried everything that the books had told us. Prunes, pears, apple juice ect... then i had a second baby and we took him to get his check up and mentioned about my other son having trouble with getting his poo out. Luckly she was also a natropath and told us that there is light at the end of the tunnel! First things first get them off cows milk and put them on soy or rice milk. She then told us that we try warm lemon cordial before bed then brush teeth of course and then first thing in the morning. They do this is hospitals when a child goes in for having extreamly bad constipation and usually helps get things moving . this helps and is a natural sugar lubricant to help move the waste through the bowels. much like lactalose. then we were told if that has no effect then to try kids probioctics and fish oil which teamed with soy milk WORKS A TREAT. we have had no problems at all with the constipation and now my little boy doesn't scream anymore and no more anal fissures:) it was such a relife to see him happy on the toilet and not terrified of pain when he passed his poo!!! give it a try and let you bubbas have the relife too:)





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    hi,karen my 5 yr old son also suffers from constipation have you tried giving her kiwi fruits they are a godsend,they are rich in magnesium which will regulate her more,i hope this helps her.

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