Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: dana | 2008/06/27

Q.

constipation in children


Hello,
May name is Dana and I have a concern regarding my 2 1/2year son. Since January he's having problems with bowl movements. I don't know if i can say that this is constipation on something else! The problem is that he is struggling everyday with having a bowl movement : the stool is to bulky(too big and wide for his anal oriffice)and to hard! First I thought that is a dietary problem but I tened to rull it out. I cook for him every 2 days and in the last months he 's having mostly soups with vegetables at lunch and fruits and yogourt at dinner.He is drinking a lot of water and fluids. in spite of this he stil has problems with stool elimination. At the time when he feels that he'll have a bowel movement he gets red and perspirates and he becomes very cranky.Eventhough he has regular bowel movement which means every day or every other day he has problems with the elimination of it.
Please can you send me your opinion about this?!
Thank you and I'm waiting for your response!


Regards
Dana

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son may have a problem other than constipation which is causing his stools to be so bulky.This may be due to a condition which is known as malabsorption. It would be best if he was seen by a paediatric gastroenterologist. There are experts in all the main cities in SA, often working in the large teaching hospitals.

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