Just wondering if anyone has any experience of children with really bad constipation? My daughter is 3 1/2 and has been "holding it in" for about 6 months now. I think the problem started around Easter time when she started to have REALLY big bowel movements and I think one must have hurt her and now she is afraid to go. We have obviously been to the doctors and they have given us a few different kinds of laxatives to try and we have also been using reward charts and all that kind of business, but she just flat refuses to try to move her bowels and ends up screaming and crying and really getting distressed.
It's so bad now that she has an impacted bowel and has constant overflow constipation where she is pretty much messing herself 24/7. I have had to revert back to putting her into pull-ups all the time now.
Before this happened she was the most laid back, contented little girl and now she is grumpy, sulky, whiny etc. Its like someone came in the night 6 months ago and took my little girl away and gave me another one. I feel so bad for her because I know it's not her fault but I really don't know how to get throught this. It breaks my heart to see her so distressed, especially when she starts screaming with pain at 3 in the morning!
I should add, we have been referred to see the paediatrician, waiting for the appointment to come through, but was hoping in the meantime that someone has maybe been through this and has some advice for me.
Thanks for listening.
- Tartan Terror