Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Charl | 2010/04/20


constipation in sixteen mnth old

My baby girl has had constipation once a week, every week since she was about six months old. Her poo is not hard as you would expect from constipation, i therefore believe that she could have a problem wth her interstines .her tummy gets crampy and she cries a lot. Her paediatician recomended Duphalac syrup. It did help in the beginning but not anymore. I am aware that duphalac is a short term remedy but her paediatrician says to continue using it and also to give her glycerine suppository when needed. This also does not workanymore. I am now giving her Dulcolac supositories when needed (once a week).

Unfortunately her paediatrician does not think the constipation is serious. Regarding her diet, she loves fruit and veggies and also fish. She drinks juice, water, rooibos and Nido.

Please help me with advice as well as a name of a gastro specialist details as i feel that she needs to be seen by a specialist. I live in the Bela Bela area. and am unable to locate any gastro specialists

Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Your little girl's symptoms suggest that she is constipated but she is not passing constipated stools. Her failure to respond to Duphalac and glycerine suppositories is unusual.She seems to be on an excellent diet. It is possible that she has a condition called Hirschsprungs or some other condition which is causing her unusual form of constipation.You will need to contact the Dept of Paediatrics at the Pretoria/ Steve Biko Academic Hospital to make an appointment to see a paediatric gastroenterologist there.

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Posted by: Charl | 2010/04/20


i forgot to mention that i am giving her paed. probiflora everyday and reutri every second day. she has been taking this for over a month now. it was recomended by a pharmacist.

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Posted by: Lisa | 2010/04/20

Maybe you should try using the Reuteri Drops, My baby''s paediatrician recommended and they worked.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!

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