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Lethargic child before having bowel movement. Irregular bowel movement. Cause?

My grandson becomes lethargic and very sleepy up to a day before having a very large bowel movement and after the bowel movement returns to a very active state. His parents indicate he has a bowel movement approximately every 3 days, he does not complain of any pain associated with the movement or prior to it, he is just very....very sleepy.
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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I would suggest you get your child examined by a Pediatrician/ Pediatric Surgeon. It is important that you get a thyroid test done. Low functioning thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) may result in such symptoms of lethargy and constipation. You did not mention the duration of this constipation. If it is since birth, you need to think of a condition called Hirschsprung's disease. Till the time you consult a doctor, you may bring about some dietary changes. Let him have a lot fluids and high fibres in diet.
Give him honey everyday. Hope that helps
God bless you
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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