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Child has pain while passing bowels, stools seem to be runny, taking movicol and calpol. Suggestion?

hello i have a boy aged 8years old who at the moment is in pain as he can t open his bowels he s taking a powdered medication called movicol and calpol it does help him go but still has times where he ends up in so much pain and unable to go, not sure what i can do to help him go, he s also leaking and its very runny, any advice will be very grateful thank you for reading my email hope to here from you soon from miss g lauder
Asked On : Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Thank you for the query.

Such symptom can be a constipation or bowels obstruction. If his abdomen gets bloated and he has some cramping with gas and stool blockage, bowels obstruction can be the reason.
Constipation can be caused by bad diet, chronic bacterial infection or hypothyroidism.
I suggest you to take him to the doctor. Abdominal X-ray and blood work should be done. If no obstruction, than you can try stool softeners. Diet should be modified (increase fiber rich products) and start probiotic intake. Stool tests are also necessary.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Tue, 31 Dec 2013
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