Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Gina | 2010-09-28


Please urgently help- son of 2 yrs badly constipated

Hi Doc

I have a little 2 and half year old (weighing about 13kg''s, average height). Recently he has been very constipated. We have had a change in our living situation as we have temporarily moved to the grandaprarents for 6 weeks while our transfer on our new house goes through. He usually goes to his granparent''s house every day after playchool anyway though, and loves it there, so I am not sure if this could be upsetting his natural ''rhythm'' of stools.

He has a reglar and varied diet (but does eat a lot of pasta, as he is very fussy and won''t eat a lot of things!) I alternate between red meat lasagne, cottage pie, chicken lasagne, eggs and fish. He also has the veggie burgers from woolworths. He eats rice krispies or weetbix for breakfast.

I cannot understand what is causing this constipation, but he was usually very regular and had a stool every day at almost the same time. Now he is pushing and nothing is coming out, and his tummy is bloated. I have had to give him Laxette (5 mls at a time) which in itself takes about 2 doses before it starts to work.

What should I do about this- are there any foods that he may eat that I can give him to naturaly soften the stool? I think stress about potty training (most of the other children at his school are potty trained, he is one of the youngest though)/ or new living circumstances may be bothering him, but I feel terrible about him having to be on laxatives. I have stopped the potty training for now and will go more into it in our new house once he has settled, and in the summer time. This is not helping with the constipation though.

Could you please advise? Thanks so much,


Expert's Reply



It may be the change of routine with your move to your son's grandparent's home that has upset his potty training. You have done the right thing by taking the pressure off him for a while. His diet apart from the Weetbix seems rather poor in fibre especially if the pasta dishes also have cheese which can be very constipating. Give your son more in the way of fibre-rich foods, fruit, fruit juice [diluted] and water as well.He should settle when he is in his new home.rather try the new diet before giving him Laxette or any other medicines.

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