DS 19 months - not walking and hates poohing!

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sephineee Mon 04-Apr-16 12:07:54

DS is DC3 and his not walking and refusal to poo is not something I have encountered before! I have wondered if the two are linked - walking should make the bowels move better?!

He can do a bit of walking and will on occasions but mainly crawls or uses his walker. His balance is not great though. He is so good at crawling that I cant see hes ever going to work out walking is better!

He does get frustrated that he cant join in things though and he is going through trouser knees like the clappers.

In terms of the poohing he goes red in the face keeping poo in and will scream on and off for afternoons at a time. We now have some lactulose - 5ml every day. Doesn't seem to be helping 4 days in though and it did immediately over Xmas.

Anyone encountered this before?

When will he walk?! I would love to leave the baby stage behind!

MadSprocker Mon 04-Apr-16 12:45:00

Some children are just later at walking than others. If he gets towards 2yrs, perhaps see the GP in case there is hyper mobility issues affecting his ankle sturdiness. I find lots of chocolate cake is a good laxative, otherwise offer lots of drinks, and no bananas!

FATEdestiny Mon 04-Apr-16 13:09:32

Keep his fluid intake high to help with regards to constipation. As a comparison my 18 month old drinks between 1000-1500ml of water (in the form of sugar free squash) plus about 400ml toddler formula milk per day.

sephineee Mon 04-Apr-16 13:14:44

Thanks both.

He only has 150-180ml of whole milk in the evening now, he does drink quite a bit of water and weak squash during the day though. I better keep a closer eye on it.

Good excuse for filling the house with chocolate cake!

Would proper shoes help with the walking? He's just got soft soled cruisers at the moment.

MadSprocker Mon 04-Apr-16 13:44:20

I use that excuse too! Ankle boots can be more supportive. My friend's ds, who is four, has hyper mobility and his teacher asked her to buy him ankle boots so he would stay upright.

TheFlyingFauxPas Mon 04-Apr-16 13:50:32

Usually outdoor heavy shoes not recommended until confidently walking outside. It will put him off. They need to feel their feet to start with. My ds used to walk a bit but if he needed to go faster he'd suddenly drop to all fours (bear-walker) and zoom away 😁 No advice re pooing. Could he be red in face trying to go rather than holding in? Any chance he'd do it on a potty?

sephineee Mon 04-Apr-16 14:21:58

No - I have watched him suck it back in (too much info?!).

Id try a potty if he was walking confidently but without the walking Im not so keen!

Mawsymoo Wed 06-Apr-16 09:07:38

No help with the poo sorry but DS1 didn't start walking independently until after 19 months (had been cruising furniture since 10 months and walking holding hands for a long time too). It seemed to be a confidence/balance issue. I brought him to a physio who said he had slight hypermobility in the ankles and recommended a little boot with firm ankle support and to leave those on a few hours a day. Also lots of stairs and put toys up on the sofa so he has to stand to play. As it happens he started walking a few hours after getting the new shoes! I had been leaving him barefoot and was surprised at the physios advice but she felt at this age he needed "something" to give him stability and therefore confidence.

sephineee Wed 06-Apr-16 10:19:45

mawsy - thanks for that, it seems like a confidence issue with our ds too. I know he can do it - when hes engrossed in play he will do more walking/bending down and restanding up type things. Think I might go and get him ankle boots this weekend!

Runningbutnotscared Thu 07-Apr-16 21:23:19

I bought my 15 month ds his first shoes two weeks ago and it's brought his walking on in leaps and bounds (ha!). 'Course he might has have got better at walking anyway but I am sure the weight of the shoes has helped him plant his feet more firmly on the ground. They have also stopped the tip toe walking that was making him topple over.
Hope that your shoe buying goes well.

Missymoomoo1979 Thu 07-Apr-16 21:32:54

My dd2 is 2 in July, I totally get the hating to poo as she is just like this, she's had lactose, some sachets (they did work but gave her a terrible rash, so stopped them), we are now back on lactose and it helps a little, but my god, the screams from her, they are awful, she eats plenty of fruit, loves water melon, the problem is she's trying to stop herself from going, feel your pain op.

Underparmummy Sun 10-Apr-16 15:09:31

We have ordered some shoes for him - in between cruisers and shoes apparently. He is still only 3.5 though. I think this is really small and means his feet haven't grown since December. I'm now worried about his feet!

Poohing is bad still too. Awful day straining on Friday then enormous poo before bed. NoThing since and on 10ml lactolose a day.

Good thing he's cute!!

Underparmummy Sun 10-Apr-16 15:44:49

Sorry - n/c!

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