Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Neil | 2010-09-29


Constipation in Toddler

My son of 19months is battling from about 8months with constipation. He drinks enough fluids about total of 800ml to 1litre per day during the day and after meals. We give him 20ml of duphalac daily to help with the constipation. It doesn''t help. We took him to a paediatrician and he said to just keep on giving duphalac and that his anus is big enough. Is that really the only thing we can do? He really struggles, becomes red in the face from pressing, to do a number 2 and it sometimes bleeds and he cries in agony.

Expert's Reply



Your son is not getting enough in the way of fluids per day.He needs about 1100ml of fluid a day. It may help to stop him drinking milk if most of his fluid consists of milk and no hard cheese.He can have a little milk on his cereal. See that he drinks plenty of water and that his diet is rich in fruit and fibre eg Weetbix.He is on quite a high dose of Duphalac. This should be reduced to 5ml twice a day. It may help to ask a dietician to advise you as your son has had a significant problem with constipation.

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