to wonder why i don't crap my pants every time i blow bubbles?

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myhandslooksoold Thu 15-Nov-12 20:57:36

My first aibu...so here goes...
Gah i am so fed up with frivolous advice regarding my dd's chronic constipation, if one more person suggests getting my dd to blow bubbles when she is on the potty I will reply "I wondered way I always shift myself when I blow bubbles". She's more interested in dunking the bubble wand and holding the bottle and spilling the mixture.
I've heard and done it all, freshly squeezed juice, apricots, porridge, every f-ing thing. She's on movicol and lactose and I still spent 5 hours with her today with her crying saying her tummy hurt, to no avail.
She's been like this so long it is really stopping us doing fun things. I didn't take her out this afternoon because it really seemed the poo was on its way any minute and then hour after hour went by. She can't settle to anything because she's so uncomfortable and hops from foot to foot in the effort to keep it in.
She had her 2 1/2 year review with the hv the other day and all she could offer was a fact sheet

Blowing bubbles does not fucking work.

Bribery, lactulose and toy confiscation did though.

stargirl1701 Fri 16-Nov-12 00:00:34

I would def agree with the advice above. I suffered with chronic constipation as a child, teen and adult. Once you have cleared out the blockage I have found the only thing that keeps me regular is fairly huge daily quantities of raw vegetables - soluble fibre. Normal fibre, i.e. bran flakes, etc just make things way worse. I have raw veggies with every meal plus 3 snacks of raw veggies a day. Exercise helps too. I swim every day.

Supergiggle Fri 16-Nov-12 00:27:14

I feel your pain op! My dd is 3.2 and has been suffering from chronic constipation since she was 2. I'd definitely agree with getting referred to the incontinence clinic or even a pead specialist (my daughter is under both). I found my gp who is good, to be crap at dealing with this problem.

We cut out any foods that we noticed were 'blocking' her, bananas etc.

Atm my dd is on 2 sachets a day of movicol and has to do 3 five minute sits on the potty a day, one after breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't get her to blow bubbles, I let her bring her potty in to the living room and stick on her fav cartoon. She has a chart her pead gave her and if she manages a poo during one of her sits she gets a sticker and if not she gets a tick.

I would wonder if your daughter poo's tend to be quite sloppy if maybe she could be still blocked up and what she is getting out is just overflow leaking around the blockage? Is her tummy nice and soft? I think the main thing with the movicol is to give a good clean out first and then lower the dose to a maintenance level.

Hope you get some answers soon smile

MrsReiver Fri 16-Nov-12 09:41:43

Blowing bubbles did help my DS, along with a step for his feet when he's on the loo. However I know from speaking to other friends with experience of this that it doesn't work for every child.

I would second (third?) the suggestion of an evacuation dose of movicol to clear out any impacted stool that could be causing problems.

My DS is 8 and we're still dealing with chronic constipation and encopresis and will be doing our own evacuation over the weekend as he's gone 5 days with no action. Like Supergiggles' DD, my DS is on 2 sachets a day with a 3 times sitting routine, but sometimes he get impacted and we need to clear him out.

I would also press the GP for a referral to the continence clinic. We found the GPs very reluctant to refer us until DS was 4 as before then poo incontenance wasn't considered a problem, however I believe if we'd been referred earlier we may well not be battling with his bowels today.

BlissfullyIgnorant Fri 16-Nov-12 09:50:52

Just remembered - GP told me not to give apples (made me laugh at him; "But it's fresh fruit!") or apple juice (laughed again...) He told me "You use apples to make jam, it's what makes the squishy fruit go firm in the jar...it's called pectin"
Oh...yeah... blush

DS was constipated right from the start of taking solids. Was given lactulose to start with, but actually it didn't work for him, even at high doses. Movicol worked fine, and I watched his diet. When he was a toddler, it was clear that he was suffering pain with big poos, so he was trying to hold it all back, which obviously increases the problem.

Eventually, DP and I were able to talk him through how his tummy felt when he needed a poo, and how he needed to use his muscles to squeeze it out. He'd been trying to avoid it for so long he didn't know how it should feel. sad

He's now 8 and appears to finally be growing out of his problem. We still have Movicol for him, used on occasions when he's facing a bit of a build up and hasn't gone for two or three days. Most of the time he goes normally now, although it might appear odd to other people that we keep checking if he's pooed that day. grin

He will even tell me if he's not pooed for a couple of days and can he have his "tummy juice" please. It helped that our doctor's daughter was facing the same problem.....

I should add that it took us at least a year of gently talking to DS about how his muscles/tummy should feel before he started to understand, which for us was the breakthrough in beginning to solve the problem.

He actually developed a certain way of sitting on his heels, that would tell us he needed to go and was holding back. We would whisk him off to a toilet whenever we spotted him sat like that.

MrsReiver Fri 16-Nov-12 13:15:47

DS is only just beginning to get that sensation back (the feeling has the best name ever "the call to stool") About 6 months ago he started telling me his "tummy feels funny" and I realised that was him getting the feeling back. It's such a horrible thing to watch your child deal with, he's been having tiny accidents for the last couple of days and he's been so depressed. He is just desperate to be better.

He's older now so we've given him his own diary to fill in, so he keeps a track of his accidents and bowel movements which really seems to have helped.

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