Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Durri | 2008/11/12



My four year old daughter has cerebral palsy and struggles with
constipation. So badly that she actually pinches her bottoms when the sensation to let go go " closes in" . She also cramps very badly (she literally screams when she cramps). It makes me tearful to see her that way. This continues for up to four days before she makes a number two.

We have tried freshly blended paw paw juice and puree, we give her fibre in the form of carrots (this sometimes help), pro nutro whole wheat, weetbix etc. We have tried Dufalac, prunes juice, strong sugar water and even tap water.

Do you have any suggestion as to what she can be given to help with the cramps and to kep her regular.

Thanks and regards

Expert's Reply



You are really having a difficult time with your daughter's constipation. You are certainly doing all the correct things to help her. It is possible that she is so constipated that she has reached a state of faecal loading. This means that hard constipated stools are being retained in her colon and rectum as a result of incomplete passing of her stools.It would be best for her to be seen by her paediatrician so that a clear diagnosis of her problem can be made so that she can be treated correctly.

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