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My 2 and half year old son hasnt pooped in

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Dr. Diptanshu Das


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Posted on Wed, 30 Jan 2019 in Child Health
Question: My 2 and half year old son hasnt pooped in 5 days ( today being the 5th day). He seems to have no problem as such but keeps straining in between.
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Not a cause for concern

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for using the Ask a Doctor service.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. Let me assure you that for a baby of this age, it is normal to pass stool once in several days. Alternatively the child may pass stool several times a day or even after each feed and that is normal too. Unless the stool is hard and pellet like, you need not grow concerned.

Incidentally, constipation in children has become a very frequently encountered problem these days. The primary reason for the same is lack of adequate play and/or the lack of adequate amounts of fiber containing foods in diet.

You need to give a fibre rich diet. Wheat, corn, and rice XXXXXXX are high in insoluble fiber, which helps prevent constipation. XXXXXXX can be sprinkled into his favorite foods, from hot cereal and pancakes to muffins and cookies. Many popular high-fiber cereals and bars are also packed with XXXXXXX Beans really are the magical fruit. Isabgol (psyllium husk) or senna can also be given as fiber supplements.

Fiber rich food items include:
* Apples, pears, parsnip, berries, raspberries, kumquats, guavas, squash, oranges, passion fuit, avocado, blackberries, pomogranate, currants, persimmons, kiwi fruits, figs, bananas, blueberries, cherries, apricots, strawberries, tangerines, papaya, mangoes, pineapple, plums, litchi, grapes, watermelon
* Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, brussels sprout, carrots, leafy vegetables and spinach, amaranth, artichokes, green peas, collard greens, XXXXXXX sweet potato, okra, fennel, eggplant/brinjal, sweetcorn, beets, turnip, asparagus, onions
* Legumes, beans, lentils, chickpeas, celery, soybean, navy beans, cranberry beans, french beans
* Whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, millets and oats, squash and pumpkin seeds, seasame seeds, dried coconut, almonds,
* Mushrooms
* Flax seeds, chia seeds, corn XXXXXXX

Let me know if I could help further.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das 2 days later
It’s 8th day today and still he hasn’t gone potty, we tried giving him prunes , berries , and high fiber food. He is passing gas and doesn’t look in any discomfort till now. Should we wait ?
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
You can wait. Apply glycerine suppository if needed

Detailed Answer:
Since the child does not look like he is in discomfort you can wait. In case you feel needed, application of glycerine suppository (to be inserted into the anus and you need to hold the lips of the anus closed for a few minutes) will help the child to pass stool.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Remy Koshy

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