Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chrissie | 2008/10/13



Good day. My daughter (3) has started with constipation since beginning of this year. I have been using Movicol (Pegicol was prescribed, but i' m using Movicol now since it can be bought over the counter &  is cheaper). It looks to me that she' s holding it back rather than her pooh being hard like it was in the beginning. I suspected that it was due to something that happened at school (playgroup with approx. 8 kids). (My neighbour' s daughter also started with constipation after she started the same school). Beginning of last week I took her out of the school &  is looking after her from home. Next year she has been enrolled in a creche. She is fine with making a wee on the toilet, but refuse to pooh on on the toilet or pottie. She insists on having a nappy on when she wants to pooh, but since she' s sitting, she STRUGGLES to get anything out. It is a regular occurance for her not to go in anything from 4 - 7 days. Eventhough i start giving her the first sachet after the second day that she hasn' t gone. How do I get her to understand/trust that it will be easier and okay to sit on the toilet/pottie for her pooh? I am really concerned, cause I don' t like to see her struggle so much. Thank you.

Expert's Reply



This is a very difficult problem. Your daughter may indeed be holding back her stool and the school situation may have started off this cycle. She cannot go for periods of as long as 7 days without passing a stool. She probably has developed faecal impaction now and she simply cannot pass a stool normally. It is important for her paediatrician to see her and to decide whether she needs specific treatment to clear out this possible faecal impaction. Once she is clear you will be able to resume her potty training with plenty of encouragement and a star chart reward system.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.