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7 year old with constipation and sticky stools. Any medication?

I have a 7 year old son who is currently having trouble with soft, sticky poop . He is finding it very hard to go--he will push but not much comes out---sticks to his bum which causes him to push more because he feels that there is still more to come out. He is afraid to have bowel movements because it hurts. He has bowel movements several times in the evening and it can take up to 20 minutes.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Your son is having constipation.

I advise the following measures to get relief from this condition :

1. Ask him to take plenty of water and oral fluids

2. Make a habit of going to toilet on every day and sitting for 5 to 10 minutes there

3. Dietary fiber rich foods like vegetables, fruits, and leafy vegetables to be given daily

4. During impaction, rectal suppositories are used.

5.Oral softeners like lactulose syrup can be given orally till his stool becomes soft and loose.

And underlying problems like anatomical and metabolic like hypothyroidism has to be ruled out by doing appropriate investigations.

Hope I have answered your query.

Answered: Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Balaji Chinnasami's  Response
Dear JamesMom,
These are classical symptoms of constipation. Passing hard stools results in pain and pain inturn results in avoidance of passing stools leading onto a vicious cycle. It needs to be immediately taken care. Laxatives like lactulose, paraffin, PEG are avaialble and can be obtained after physician's advice. But these are transient relievers, a change in lifestyle i.e taking high fiber diet like fruits, vegetables, water and avoiding oilyfoods, processed fast foods helps in avoiding constipation.

Don't worry. He will be alright. But lifestyle modification is needed. Take care.
Dr. Balaji Chinnasami
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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