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How long to wait until taking toddler to GP for constipation

(5 Posts)
PickledLily Wed 09-Jul-14 13:39:23

DD has been trying to poo for 4 or 5 days now, and is starting to get uncomfortable with it. We've tried OJ, water, lots of fruit etc, but no luck. Is there anything I can give her from the chemist, or do I need to see the GP? And how long would you wait until taking her to the GP? Reluctant to go until absolutely necessary as it's such a rigmarole getting an appointment, let alone getting to the GP.

crochetcircle Wed 09-Jul-14 15:21:22

Doesn't the gp do phone consultations for children on the same day? That's what ours does.

I contacted our gp after a few days (dd1 was 2.10), and we were prescribed movicol. The doc said its good to act early with toddlers so they don't get a bad association with pooing.

PickledLily Wed 09-Jul-14 15:27:43

Ok, that's good to know. I'll contact the GP this afternoon. They do do phone appointments but you have to battle with the receptionist for over 2s. sad

momofmonster Wed 09-Jul-14 15:47:08

When my ds had constipation i just went to the pharmacy and spoke to the pharmicist. he gave me some fig syrup laxative type stuff - worked a little too well (note to self in future cover everywhere in plastic sheeting)

PickledLily Fri 11-Jul-14 06:59:10

smile Well the power of mumsnet has worked again; merely posting on here and the problem has miraculously solved itself. Didn't quite need plastic sheeting but it wasn't far off!

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