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Child has constipation, blood in stools? What should I do?

doctor my daughter is 2 year old now. So far she has ben ok and a very healthy child but now for last 2 months she has developed a constipation where she holds her stools . when she passes she strained and passes hard stoold sometime there wasvery light blood also. what shud i do. IS there a chance there is magnesoum defecinency. which supplement i can give to her. please answer to may email YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Fri, 6 Jul 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.
Your child seems to have functional constipation which is common in this age group.
It can be managed by behavioral canges, diet changes, and with medication.
First I advise you to give plenty of oral fluids and water to maintain proper hydration.
You can change her diet by adding dietary fiber rich food.
Dietary fiber will retain water in stool, make it bulky and soft, so that stool passes easily.
Dietary fiber is present in vegetables, green leafy vegetables, and fruits.
And medications like oral lactulose can be given in prescribed dose for 3 to 5 days or till loose soft stool.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
Constipation is common in children and is usually related to dietary intake.
I suggest you to give her plenty of fluids,diet rich in fiber including green leafy vegetable,fruits,green leafy vegetables,salads.
Give honey with warm water.
Give sitz bath that is make her sit in tub of lukewarm water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Avoid all kind of fried and junk food.
If it persist get her examined by pediatrician ,she may need laxative for few days.

Wishing your child good health.
God bless.

Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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