Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: In a perpetual 2WW
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Our DS withheld poop for three months. We saw a ped about it a few weeks into it. We got a prescription for Miralax but never filled it after reading about the dangers (it has never been approved for use in children, especially long term use and there are a lot of parents who have noticed both short and long term side effects.) After three months of DS' escalating issues, we finally did a complete and strict elimination diet (we had tried cutting things out here and there with no help.) When we cut out wheat and gluten, he did a complete 180. His very quickly started pooping on his own after cutting it all out.
There is a Yahoo group dedicated to the dangers of Miralax where you can also find a lot of good recommendations by parents on how to treat chronic constipation. There is also an encopresis group with many members who have dealt with this for years and can offer a lot of advice.
Enterolabs has a stool test that you can do that will help identify gluten sensitivity (plus, cow, egg, yeast, soy). They can also do a gene test for celiacs.
It is a tough situation but definitely consider trying a complete elimination diet (we are currently, egg, dairy, gluten, corn, soy, nightshades + a couple other foods free) - we never suspected wheat. He ate it every day but he got so much better so quickly when we finally cut it out. It is NOT easy - eliminating everything was very difficult for us. We mostly cooked everything from scratch anyway so that wasn't a big change for us (but could be for some). We did, however, have to figure out how to prepare new foods with a limited selection in a short period of time. Make sure if you try this that you start keeping a very detailed food journal - it was the key to helping us figure it all out.
Me (37) ~ DH (39) ~ DS (3) ~ TTC #2 since 4/10