Originally Posted by VBMama
snip}} Also, gack, what a mess to clean up with the medication (he's still in diapers)! Anyone have good tips for easier cleaning?
My son will be 4 in January and has had troubles pooping for at least a year, probably more. Started with infant size glycerine suppositories, they stung. followed by months of Fletcher's Senna Laxative. Changed his diet, limited milk to 1 cup, no cheese/bannanas or other binding things, and increased fiber where I could. He is a smart kid with no other medical problems.
We started on Miralax after a particularly bad episode of 11 days no poop plus 24 hours no pee, impacted, 102 fever with febrile seziures. ER visits, abdominal xrays, MRI and referral to the Encopresis Clinic at Childrens Hospital. started on Miralax about 3 months ago with 2x17g daily doses mixed in juice. That first blowout was simply amazing!! saturated the pullup, pants, throw rug etc. I just grabbed him by the armpits and put him in the tub, clothes and all. Stripped all his clothes and pullup into the garbage can, rinsed him with the shower then ran the bath. Thank gods we were home. He did that several times a day for several days. Then tapered down to 17g per day. I went out and bought a case of size 6 Huggies Supreme fitted diapers and use these when ever I anticipate a blowout. Generic pullups were not designed for this kind of capacity. ;}
I keep a calendar posted next to the changing table and write a shorthand note with every poop.
some days might have several THD or perhaps HCMD. I look for patterns. If he has several Tiny's in one day then he is withholding and I adjust the miralax to get the oatmeal consistency the Encoporesis Clinic (and I) wants. I missed 2 halfsize doses at Thanksgiving and we are back to having backups again. Today was day 5 and I will have to give him a full dose.
He no longer does his 'poop dance' of holding onto furniture, dancing on tippietoes, and screaming. now he gets real quiet and hides and answers 'no' to are you poopy? Still frustrating. He pooped 3 times on the potty last month, but won't pee. and not once since.
Pooping shouldn't hurt. but I can't do it for him.
I found a preschool that will take him in diapers, but to move to the next group of 4's and 5's, he will need to be reliable in underpants.
Love and Light,
amazed there are more mom's in the same boat. I felt like the only one.