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Child has severe constipation, stools are hard and brown with black pieces, strains for passing them. Cause and remedy?

my daughter has been having a horrible constipation problem, which started at birth (she is five years old now) but the past six months it has gotten much worse. nothing is working to help and the stool seems brown with black pieces in it and is so hard its hard to believe she can pass them..which shes does with great difficulty and an enema. what is going on and what can i do?
Asked On : Fri, 19 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014

Thanks for posting your query.

Treatments for childhood constipation usually includes stool softeners and changing the child to a less constipating diet, with more fiber and fluids.

Good choices of fluids include apple and prune juice and perhaps switching children low-fat milk or soy milk.

The type of laxative depends on the age of the child and the exact problem. You may need to make an appointment with a doctor.

Wishing you good health.

Answered: Sat, 20 Oct 2012
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Neha Chandna's  Response
hello... the reason may be weak intestinal muscles.. try avoiding milk for her and see if it makes a difference.. give her fruits, nuts, boiled veggies, vegetables juices, oats, brown rice.. as a kid she may insist on junk and processed foods.. avoid giving her those.. make sure she drink a lot of water and push her to do some activity like play any sport, run, skipping etc.. take care..
Answered: Wed, 28 Nov 2012
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