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Suggest treatment for constipation

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Dr. Meera Kotecha


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Posted on Tue, 26 Aug 2014 in Child Health
Question: I have a 7 year old grandson who was completely potty trained before 3 who has suddenly begun passing small amounts of very sticky, foul smelling stool often in his pants. He says he can't feel it coming, it just does. He actually has constipation and passes a large, rather hard stool every 3 days or so. He always goes to the bathroom for these, which are quite large.
Answered by Dr. Meera Kotecha 49 minutes later
Brief Answer:
constipation needs to be treated.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using health care magic.
Constipation for a long time can lead to this kind of problems. In this condition because of the hard stools the child is not able to perceive the urge to pass stools properly and so it leads to passage of small amount of potty staining the pants.
In my opinion you should treat his constipation so that this problem will be solved.
I suggest you do following for the constipation.
1. Syrup lactulose 10 ml three times a day. You can get this medication with doctor prescription.
2. diet modification like high fibre diet including vegetables and fruits and whole grains.
3. atleast 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
If constipation is not treated with this then I would suggest to get his stool checked and also his blood thyroid.
I hope I have helped you.
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Thank you
Dr. Meera Kotecha
Developmental and Behavioural paediatrician.

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