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Withholding stools frequently, having stomach pain, bloating, vomiting. Long-term side effects?

Hi my son is 11 years old and still withholding his stool , refuses to take his stool softner medicine and now complains of his stomache hurting. his stomache is very hard and now he doesnt eat much and when he does he throws it up within about 30 minutes. what is the long term affects on his health and what is this doing to his insides??
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Infrequent voiding of stools lead to accumulation of the same ,resulting in dilatation of the bowels.There will be stagnation of huge amount of stools within,which causes abdominal pain and also makes the abdomen appear distended and hard to palpate.The same may be the reason for the inability to eat much.
Withholding of stool is more of a psychiatric problem and needs to be counselled out of this habit.In addition to this he may require regular stool softeners, till all the accumulated stools are washed away ,and bowels return to normal size.Eneama may be helpful in providing immediate temporary relief.
Answered: Wed, 10 Jul 2013
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