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Child having difficulty in passing stools. Suggestions? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Jun-2013
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User:Hello Doctor
Doctor:Good Evening
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:My 2.5 years old daughter is having difficulty is passing stool as it becomes very tight
User:she has her bowel movement every alternate day
User:would you please suggest some medicine for her
User:she also cries a lot sometimes while passing stool
Doctor:I understand your concern. But, it would not be right to suggest any medication without examining her.
User:I give her oranges and grapes in fruits
User:and also give fibre XXXXXXX vegetables
Doctor:That is fine.
User:would you suggest some stool softener
User:her stool is not tight everytime
Doctor:I am sure you would have tried most of the home remedies for constipation.
User:but once in 10 days she gets this problem
User:What would you suggest
Doctor:Please do the following to keep the stool soft.
Doctor:1. Include more fresh vegetables and fruits in her diet.
User:That we are doing anyway
User:1st point
Doctor:2. Give her more water to drink. Reduced intake of water is one of the most common causes of constipation in children.
User:any medicines?
User:can we give banana in fruits
Doctor:If both of this is done regularly, and still the kid is having hard stools, then, it is important to get the child examined.
Doctor:Usually stool softeners are ot given for children.
Doctor:Surely, you can include bananas in the fruits. The smaller variety helps in improving the motion.
Doctor:Papaya and dry grapes are also a good option.
Doctor:Give the fruits as whole fruit rather than juice.
User:she is very choosy in food
User:dont know how to give everything to her
User:she will vomit if she does not like it
Doctor:You can also try another suggestion. In the mornings after she wake up, give one glass of water before giving anything else.
Doctor:Give anything only after 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Doctor:I understand the difficulty you are facing.
User:is almond good for constipation
Doctor:Within my knowledge almonds doesn't improve constipation.
User:So no medicine is required as of now
Doctor:Have you understood all my suggestions?
User:just try following the above remedies
User:yes I have
Doctor:I would prefer not to give any medicines for hard stools in kids under 3 years.
Doctor:If with the above measures it is not improving, then please do visit a pediatrician for a proper examination.
User:Sure doctor
User:thanks a lot for your suggestions
Doctor:After examination, if required only the kid would require medicines.
Doctor:Hope I had been helpful enough to your satisfaction.
User:will check her for 2 more weeks with your suggestions and then consult a pediatrician
User:Yes definitely
Doctor:Is there anything else I could help you on?
User:No Doctor
User:there is nothing else
Doctor:Ok. Thanks for consulting me.
User:welcome doctor
Doctor:Let me know if you have any other medical queries.
Doctor:Have a Nice Evening!!
User:Same to you
Doctor:Bye for now.
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