Problems at 5

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Registered: 10-12-2004
Problems at 5
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Mon, 02-20-2012 - 4:13pm

My grandson is almost 5 and has recently started pooping in his pants. He has been toilet trained since 3 1/2. He is pooping at home, at school & at daycare then lying about it. He doesn't like to poop as he says it hurts. Dr says there is nothing wrong, he is given lots of bran & if they haven't been successful in getting him to poop after 3 days, Dr has given meds to help. If he could go everyday, it would likely eliminate the pain but he holds it & holds it until he can't hold it any longer. He sits on the toilet for 20 mins every night after his shower, reading stories & playing his games but most of the time nothing happens.They have hidden prunes in his peanut butter, they have used Metamucil mixed in his peanut butter.

Has anyone run into this problem? I think his parents are doing all the right things but nothing is working & he is getting embarassed at school.

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Registered: 08-23-1999
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 1:18pm

Hello Dee,thank you for the information.

Now I understand,with this background it can make the help a lot harder,but not impossible.

If the cool-aid does not work,I will go with the peanut butter,just add a small bit more of the laxative to help

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Wed, 02-22-2012 - 6:42pm
Thanks for the response. He has mobility issues & one of his specialist is a development expert who when asked about this problem said that there is no medical reason for this. He has a nice healthy but long poop when he goes. He is does not like medicine as he has had so much of it, so it's best to hide in food. Unfortunately, peanut butter is the easiest to hide things in as he loves it.

He was born 10 wks early & has spent a lot of time with drs & drugs in his short life so we have to be creative. I will suggest trying kool-aid to see if that helps.
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Registered: 08-23-1999
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 2:15pm

Hello deenow,sorry for being so long.

Could you please tell me what tests the doctor did?wetting problems are quite normal for this age,but not pooping,withholding is fairly normal and of couse if held to long can be painful.

what consistancy is it when he goes?

I can understand his embaressment if he is not wearing any protection.

One thing to try would be to increase the amount of stool softener.

one other point,peanut butter does not help,it actually hardens the stool.try putting the meds in his milk or water with some cool-aid.

Please keep us informed as to my questions and his reactions to what is tried.

I will be happy to see if we can improve on the advise.

clmac