Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Elsie Jonck | 2009-09-08

Q.

Spastic colon?

My grandson is 15mnths old. Since birth he has battled with constipation. He was on formula and now drinks more water and black tea. He eats most solids and has a lot of fibre in his diet.

After meals, when his stomach needs to go, it is obvious that he is in pain. We have given him laxatives from the doctors and pharmacies, to no avail.

I am becoming increasingly worried as his rectum sometimes bleeds a few drops.

My step daughter is unemployed and does not receive any financial assistance from the father of the child. While finances are by no means more important, realistically, it is a concern.

Please advise what we can do for this little boy, who is otherwise very healthy.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your little grandson is having problems with constipation and this is ongoing despite the best efforts to help him with a good diet as well as safe laxatives. It is now time to get the opinion of a paediatric gastroenterologist. There are specialists attached to all the paediatric departments of the major teaching hospitals in the main centres in SA. Your daughter cannot afford to see a specialist in private practice so she should try and get an appointment at her nearest paediatric department.

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