Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nhlanhla | 2008/11/12


Please Paediatrician help

Hi, my little girl is 23months and for the past 4-5weeks she' s been constipated, her stool are black and very hard...The doctor prescribed some laxative for her and if she takes it, the stool is a bit soft but still black and if i stop her on that laxative the stools go backs being very hard..

She cries everytime you change her nappy, she doesnt want to be touched in the anus, i understand it must be painful...

What i want to know is,why is she getting constipated cos we didnt change her diet she' s been eating what she' s been eating before she had this problem(soft porish, veggies,drinks water,juices) and also im concern about the stool being so black what causes that? I' ve tried giving her prunes juice, but that doesnt help.. At nite she drinks rooibos tea, could it be the reason her stool are black? Im just so confuse and frustrated..

How do i help her...

And also at nite she takes out gas but before she does that she cries, turns like she having stomach cramps then she takes out gas and then she goes back to sleep, after 2hrs or so she does it again..Well this problem she had it from about when she was 6-7months till now, some nites she' s better but most nites its happens..

I real dont know what to do any more, ive taken her to several peado and even GP' s and they prescribe things but they never seems to help..Could there be anything wrong with her digestive systems? should i take her for some x-rays,blood test and which ones?

Could she be allergic to something that i keep on giving her?

Thank you..

Expert's Reply



You are quite correct. The main question here is why are your baby's stools black. This usually means that she is bleeding from some part of her stomach or small intestine. The most common cause in children of this age is a condtion called Meckel's diverticulum [look this up in Google]. Please see a paediatric gastroeneterologist about your little girl's problem and ask directly if she could have a Meckel's diverticulum.

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Posted by: Nhlanhla | 2008/11/13

Thank you for the responce, i will google it and aslo contact the pe paediatric gastroeneterologist.

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