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My Little Brother Can't Feel When He Has To "Go"
SO the title is a little quaint, but you get the idea. Since he was born, he's had problems with constipation. It took him about 5 or so years to be potty trained, and lately he's been having "accidents". He's 8 now. We've been to the doctor numerous times, and had him on Miralax, etc. Apparently, his colon is really stretched out and he can't feel it when he has to "go". He's so sore and screams when you go near him sometimes. We had to hold him down once just to get him clean and prevent infection. Any ideas what to do?
Can say something about the constipation part... but not the other stuff... Is he sore from the constipation or something else?
Anyways, you could always ask a doctor/pediatrician/nutritionist about diet. If he has issues with his colon, you would definitely want to check what things he can or can't eat. Not sure if extra fiber would be good or bad for him. If extra fiber is good, I could make some recommendations...
I have dealt with constipation my whole life since being a small kid. My daughter has suffered from it since being a baby as well but since she started eating solid foods, which was a little on the later side since she didn't get her first tooth until 23 months!! Well I had to put Citrucil in her formula bottle (according to her pediatrician, very small amount) and now that she eats solids... I make sure she gets a lot of fiber. It was so hard for her before that point (she'd scream so high pitch sometimes it hurt her so bad and it took a little time before a suppository starts to work... again on doctors recommendation). Now that she's a little older and eats adult foods... She and I eat this organic all natural oat meal that has added flaxseed in it (it's a blueberry flavored oatmeal from Trader Joes). It has a lot of fiber, and has a lot of insoluable fiber which helps you stay regular and not constipated. I also add a couple extra blueberries. There are other fiber items we eat as well. I try to make them tasty. My daughter is 2 1/2 and she has a very limited diet of what she will eat. If your brother won't eat something with fiber, you could add flaxseed to some other item he eats. Certain fruits also are good. We like to eat cantelope.
Oh, a warning about flax seed and fiber... you have to make sure you drink enough water in your diet. Not sure what the recommended amount is for a 5 year old. Again check with the family pediatrician.
I find from my personal experiance there's a window of time I feel the urge to go. If I keep myself too busy and don't drop what I'm doing to do my business, then I may not be able to go until later... So far I've found improvement if I drink lots of water and include more fruit items in my diet. Cutting back on things like cheese helps.
Lately oatmeal works occasionally as a semi aggressive laxitive, so I've been avoiding it. Perhaps I'll consider it if II get blocked up and have nowhere I need to go for the rest of the day...
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