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Preteen bowel problems?

(7 Posts)
Slh0404 Fri 14-Jun-13 21:00:43

My ds lately has to go to the loo in the middle if dinner, often disappearing for 15 mins at a time! He swears he feels fine but is this normal! He claims not to need to go before dinner though I ask him every time. It's getting v annoying, will he grow out of it or is something wrong? He won't want to go to the docs!

KristinaM Sat 15-Jun-13 07:36:51

Is he vomiting when he's in the loo?

Slh0404 Sat 15-Jun-13 12:10:33

No, I don't think so, just takes a long time to poo I think

KristinaM Wed 19-Jun-13 12:10:16

It's not normal and he needs to see the doctor

Don't be annoyed with him, whatever the problem is , it's something he can't help . He needs your support to get over his embarassment and get medical advice

Ragusa Wed 19-Jun-13 19:00:48

I thought it was normal for people to need the loo during, or shortly after, a big meal. Isn't it a reflex action?

I am not sure anything's up in the absence of other signs (eg anything that might lead you to suspect bullimia).

KristinaM Thu 20-Jun-13 09:34:16

Not normal to take 15 mins to poo I think hmm and have a sense of urgency

Ragusa Thu 20-Jun-13 10:51:28

Sense of urgency is normal surely but I see what you mean about it taking 15 minutes. Although... in our house this is common and usually indicates someone taking their time and reading a book or something, we call it a luxury poo rather than a physiological problem grin

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