Type 1 has spent the longest time in the bowel and type 7 the least time. A normal stool should be a
type 3 or 4, and depending on the normal bowel habits of the individual, should be passed once every
one to three days.
Children are constipated and it’s becoming a growing issue. Paediatric constipation makes up 25% of the referrals to gastroenterologists and most commonly, doctors are recommending over-the-counter laxatives for children to deal with what is largely a mechanical issue. This means that kids are being given a bandaid solution to something that most often has a very clear root cause.
If you’ve ever gone to the digestive health section at the pharmacy, you likely have been overwhelmed with all the available products and rightly so! There are so many digestive health remedy options to choose from that are used to attain a variety of results that it really could make your head spin.
Before trying remedies that you find on the internet or hear from someone in your mom’s group, its most important to uncover WHY your child is constipated. The solution for your child’s constipation lies in figuring out WHY they are constipated in the first place. If you try a slew of treatments without figuring out why it is happening, you may just be putting a band aid on the problem rather than fixing it long term.
Constipation is a common childhood complaint. Despite its prevalence, it remains a challenging affliction for paediatric patients, their families and health care providers.
You CAN get your child to poop easily, on her own! You CAN heal his intestines from the inside out! When kids come to my office, I recommend several different things to help resolve their constipation once and for all, and not just put a bandaid on their symptoms.
Treatment of constipation and fecal soiling is a three-step process that may take several months to a year to improve, if not longer.
To help relieve constipation, you need to know what you’re dealing with. A child who has hard stools, but can feel the urge and desires to go, will need a much different course of treatment than a child that is afraid to poop, withholding or leaking stool.
Constipation can be treated naturally. There is reliable scientific data on both the safety and effectiveness of the tips I’m about to share with you. I’ve used these in practice for 30 years.
Like Grandma said, “it’s important to stay regular,” and that’s especially true for babies. Fortunately, breast-fed babies almost never get constipated, or hard stools. They may skip a few days between poops, but even then, the consistency is pasty to loose. Bottle-fed babies on the other hand, can get hard poop, but a couple of commonsense ideas can usually correct the problem and provide baby constipation relief.
Almost all formula-fed babies, at some time between the ages of 2 weeks and 4 months, will go for 2-4 days without a bowel movement. (Breast-fed babies may do this as well but it is much less common.)
This is a very common problem -- sometimes we just don't admit it!
Every child will occasionally have a hard stool. Hard stools can be painful to pass. If they are very hard, they can even cause tearing and bleeding of the rectum. Children who have a lot of hard, painful stools will try to wait as long as possible before going. This can develop into a vicious cycle.
Acute and chronic constipation together accounted for nearly half of all cases of acute abdominal pain in children treated at one hospital. The study also suggests that physicians should do a simple rectal examination for constipation when trying to determine the cause of abdominal pain in children.
If your child is on Miralax or a PEG generic, check in with your doctor every three months to ask about cutting dosages, and increase roughage in the diet, Dr. Swanson said. She added that some parents are reluctant to give up laxatives. “Constipation is awful for kids, it’s humiliating, awful and painful,” she added. “People are scared to go back to that place.”
Childhood constipation is common and almost always functional without an organic etiology. Stool retention can lead to fecal incontinence in some patients. Often, a medical history and physical examination are sufficient to diagnose functional constipation. Further evaluation for Hirschsprung disease, a spinal cord abnormality, or a metabolic disorder may be warranted in a child with red flags, such as onset before one month of age, delayed passage of meconium after birth, failure to thrive, explosive stools, and severe abdominal distension.
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Miralax — an odorless, tasteless laxative — has become a go-to response for childhood constipation. For constipated children in excruciating pain, Dr. Tricia Jean Gold, a pediatrician in Brooklyn, has no problem recommending Miralax or a PEG generic laxative, which draws water into the colon to soften stool.
Just kidding—we have no idea either.
I am not a nutritionist and don’t specialize in this per say, but wanted to share the natural remedies for constipation in children that I’ve learned so it might help you.
The highest rate of constipation, he said, was found in boys around 10. “My experience is the kids don’t like to go to the bathroom at school, so there’s a sort of voluntary retention that exacerbates itself.”
When dealing with chronic constipation that does not respond as well to typical laxatives and medications, Senna can be a great option
Functional constipation (FC) is a significant health problem in children and contrary to common belief, has serious ramifications on the lives of children and their families.
Though they might be harder to get children to take, other stool softeners exist that do not include polyethylene glycol (PEG is the active ingredient in Miralax and its generic equivalents), like milk of magnesia, lactulose and mineral oil.
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Constipation is often attributed to deficiencies in our modern diet — not enough fiber, not enough fruits and vegetables — or to the same combination of overprocessed foods and sedentary lifestyle that puts children (and adults) at risk for obesity. So there is often something judgmental in the air when the subject is raised. And mind you, it isn’t always raised. It is not, shall we say, a sexy topic.
Constipation is a very common problem in children. Whether it’s something temporary after an illness or diet change, or something more chronic, up to 20% of children suffer from it at one time or another. As much as it makes people uncomfortable to talk about poop, having trouble pooping is even more uncomfortable. Luckily, it is generally a very treatable problem.
I am often seeing children for the treatment of constipation after they have been dealing with it for years and they have already seen a number of gastrointestinal specialists, but they are still struggling. This is where I will utilize other natural therapies and do further testing and evaluation to see if we can improve the situation.
To accomplish this desired state, parents often tackle the problem with fiber, laxatives and more. But if not administered properly, those strategies can backfire. Here are five common mistakes (and solutions) I encounter when parents attempt to solve chronic constipation...
If your child was chronically constipated, would you know it?
You might think, “Of course!” Yet chronic and severe constipation often goes undetected in children. This is a big deal, since constipation is by far the top cause of belly pain, bedwetting, pee accidents, and poop accidents–conditions that are epidemic among children in Westernized countries.
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