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Child has difficulty passing stools. Could you help?

Hi my son is 14 months old and for the past month he has been struggling to pass motion , this results in him straining himself that much his face turns red and he crys in extreme pain , I then have to help him release it by massaging his bum. I have tried everything down to fresh orange , weetabix ect nothing helps , he has now started to pass motion with the same struggle only this time it s a lot softer and moist were as before it was extremely hard could you give me some advice please ? Thankyou
Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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Pulmonologist 's  Response

Constipation in infants is mostly related to food. Inadequate fluid intake is a common cause in all ages.

Let us presume he was all right a month back and has been weaned off breast milk. What changes have happened in his diet in the last month? Has he been recently put to day care centre or is there a possibility of reduced fluid intake? Has the local weather become so warm that he looses a lot of water in sweat?

Ensure that the child drinks around 1.3 liters of water a day. (Better than fruit juices or carbonated drinks). Fresh fruits are all good to prevent constipation. How much green salad does he take? Green salads can help to soften stools. Low residue diet (e.g. meet servings only or refined flour bread), without roughage leads to hard stools.

Soak 5-10 numbers of dried grapes in hot water and cool them to room temperature. Make him eat them before bed time. This may help him considerably.

There are a few disorders where the child’s constipation needs medical attention. Discuss your son’s problem at an early date with a pediatrician. He may also prescribe some laxative suppositories for an emergency to relieve the child.

Hope your son gets over this problem soon. Thanks a lot for using
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General Surgeon Dr. Deepak Kishore Kaltari's  Response
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I would strongly recommend you to visit Pediatric Surgeon for evaluation Constipation which could also include surgical causes like fissure in ano and Hirschsprung's Disease.
Do let us know about further developments.
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