Chronic Constipation - Tips And Advice
Chronic constipation is something that affects many people worldwide, for whatever reason it could be their diet, their health which is preventing them from letting the poop plop or in some cases in particular kids can be scared to go to the toilet either because of the perceived pain of the poo passing or a fear of the toilet itself.
My daughter is 5 years old and she has had 3 years worth of chronic constipation and we've tried everything and it takes committment and determination to get her to go to the toilet or else she'll just not go at all if she had her own way, but to help her we had to have a dietician invloved to look at the certain things she used to eat and eliminate the sweets and the cakes from her daily diet and introduce more high fibre foods into her meal times.
Of course since she has been so chronically constipated she has had to go on a medication called Movicol which is in the form of sachets with a powdered mixture that you can mix with water or other flavoured drinks and then combine this with something else called Dulcolax which softens the compacted fecal poop and this has resulted in her going a bit more regular, but the specialist says that this would be a long term thing until she gets used to going on a regular basis and gradually come off the medicated constipation solution.
That's when a high fibre diet becomes really good to introduce and it takes time to see what your child likes in the high fibre foods that are available, because sometimes kids can be picky about what they eat and my daughter especially is, although she does eat some vegetables, fruit and whole grain foods, she doesn't eat enough, but so long as they get some fibre into their digestion and daily routine, this helps tremendously.
Of course though if the medication doesn't work for whatever reason, like they don't take the prescribed dose of medication then they most likely will have to stay in hospital for a short time, as my daughter did a couple of months ago, which is the last resort and another way of relieving constipation through a drip which is inserted through the nose via a thin plastic tube that goes all the way into the stomach and this is then fed through a machine at a speed of so many drips per hour and quite often it depends on the child or the individual who receives this treatment, it could take a day or up to 4 to 5 days to clear out the stomach, especially if the poo has been compiled and compacted over 3 to 4 weeks.
There is something that is very common with constipation in children as my daughter took after her mum when she was a child and by all accounts the nurses at the hosptial said they are seeing this occurence more and more now, but it can be treated with constistent follow through and specialist check ups, because once you have been checked and tested to see if there is nothing else wrong such as other obstructions then it should be just a case of treating with medication and going on a high fibre diet.
My daughter is still on her medication and she still is scared or lazy to go on the toilet and we want her to get out of this as she starts full time school next year and it wouldn't be nice if she has soiled pants at school as you know how other kids are, all you can do with children who are chronic with constipation is to be consistent in putting them on the toilet to try to go and giving them the fibre rich food that will aid there poo to plop.
Constipation Advice Sites
- Constipation - An Informative Introduction
Information on Constipation from NHS Choices including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, risks and treatment and with links to other useful constipated resources.
- Constipation Advice
Constipation Advice - Symptoms and treatment of constipation, chronic or moderate constipation.