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Chronic Constipation

Updated on August 18, 2010

Chronic Constipation

Chronic Constipation can re-occur. Image copyright 2010
Chronic Constipation can re-occur. Image copyright 2010

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.

Chronic Constipation

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    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks! I'll check out your link...cheers Lynda

    • Lynda Gary profile image

      Lynda Gary 

      8 years ago

      I try to avoid "self promotion" but in this case, I feel obligated: Check out this hub:

      Having a child with a colon disorder, I've had to become an expert in this area. I think you'll find the article helpful.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yes it aint nice for them when they get like that, she's gone through loads of pants as they've had to be chucked in the bin cos of the soiled mess, good thing asda has 7 pairs for 2 quid, cheers have a good weekend yourself!

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Thanks for the additional information there Nancy.

      I'll be adding more to this one as I have lots of high fibre diet tips and constipation solutions to round up as I've been thinking about this subject alot and trying to get my daughter to eat the right foods instead of junk, an uphill battle with kids at times!??

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      Nancy's Niche 

      9 years ago

      Very informative article and another possible cause for this problem could be a thyroid deficiency. Yes, it does affect younger children too. My daughter, at a very early age, was diagnosed with hypothyroid (low). Her tell tale signs were extreme weight gain and constipation along with many other symptoms of the disease…


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