Advanced search

Mumsnetters aren't necessarily qualified to help if your child is unwell. If you have any serious medical concerns, we would urge you to consult your GP.

Oh gawd please help - DS2 has impaction/overflow (deep joy)

(50 Posts)
BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 17:44:37

Not pooed since at least last Wednesday.


Lots of pain, refusal to use the loo.

Doc has prescribed lactulose today - 15 ml at 11am this morning, I shall give 15ml again in a minute.

Tried -

Bubble blowing
Feet high on a stool
Cycling legs/rubbing tummy

It all started because he didn't want to poo at school (who can blame him - they are VILE) so now of course afraid.

Loads of water/fruit, cut right down on milk and cereal. No banana since Thursday.

How can I make help him to poo right now, tonight?



stroppyknickers Mon 06-Oct-08 17:46:31

warm bath? Sorry, not much help. Ds used to have constipation a lot and this helped make her feel better.

Blandmum Mon 06-Oct-08 17:48:10

can't help with the 'getting him going now' bit.

But re the lactulose, it will take a few days to work and soften his stool, you have to take it regularly for it to have any effect

sorry if that isn't what you want to hear. It is horrid and yo have my every sympathy.

CarGirl Mon 06-Oct-08 17:48:13

I think I'd be tempted to ask for a pessary to get the first lot going.

Blandmum Mon 06-Oct-08 17:50:14

friend's dd was given exlax and lactulose.

Might be worth acting for something to 'shift' it

cornsilk Mon 06-Oct-08 17:50:43

oh no boys - poor ds. My ds2 did that.

MUM23ASD Mon 06-Oct-08 17:51:36

just wanted to say that lactulose works well in our house....

it will gently 'let nature take it's course'.

its very 'child friendly' and there's no harm in giving him a 5ml spoon after school- daily for a while as a 'maintanence' dose... for a week or two...which shoul mean he is able to pooh at home.

how old is he?

i add my ds's lactulose to orange squash... 5ml is pretty easily disguised in a glass full....

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 17:51:46

Thanks all, I knew really that we have to wait for lactulose to work.

Wish us luck.

[watery smile]

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 17:53:04


He is six

Crying again.

Back later.

cornsilk Mon 06-Oct-08 17:53:39

We also used lactulose. Our GP told us to give him a dessert spoon full to get him going (which we did) then daily for ages.
Would he go on a potty?(my ds resorted to that)

DesperateHousewifeToo Mon 06-Oct-08 18:02:17

Can you have a disco?

Lots of jumping around might help!

Lots of threads about this

here's a current one

Good luck. I've been there with dssad

DraculaNeedsArteries Mon 06-Oct-08 18:07:44

Sorry...this may be stupid. TBH I don't know too much about teh subject.

I think lactulose will only soften the stuff that is coming won't soften the stuff which is (presumabley) stuck at the bottom of teh bowel....I would have thought a glycerine pessary would give quicker results without teh lactulose adding to teh blockage....

SaintRiven Mon 06-Oct-08 18:10:06

one of those suppositries can really help. It softens what is stuck and stimulates the bowel.

DesperateHousewifeToo Mon 06-Oct-08 18:11:27

Do the suppositries have to be prescribed?

Twiglett Mon 06-Oct-08 18:12:56

no experience but poor thing

and I'm sure I read somewhere (look for Pecca's thread) that vaseline around the anus can help

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 18:39:25

No luck

Oh dear

Off to college now, DP will have to manage.

Thanks all

DraculaNeedsArteries Mon 06-Oct-08 18:43:00

it appears they are available over the counter as you can buy them from an online pharmacists

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 06-Oct-08 19:12:59

BALD - lactulose will take a few days to work. Sorry. You can get sennakot syrup which you can take alongside lactulose. Poor thing.

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 21:25:25

No movement - he is asleep though I had to wake him when I got back home to wash his wee arse.

Mega pant wash on atm


I shall have a word with the pharmacist tomorrow.

Thanks all

Grammaticus Mon 06-Oct-08 21:28:11

Poor you. What is overflowing?

QueenofAllWildThings Mon 06-Oct-08 21:28:11

Senna? Apple juice? Dried fruit and lots of water (preferably warm).

CarGirl Mon 06-Oct-08 22:06:24

I think your ds may need movicol as well which get the gut moving properly as in the peristolosis (sp??? I've been drinking) action to get the old stools passed along.

Go back to the dr tomorrow I think.

Also with lactulose he needs to seriously up his fluids.

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 22:12:06

Grammaticus - over flow is where there is a big lump of poo sitting near anus (bumole) and the poo backing up bahind it flows around the block and leaks out of the anus.

So it presents almost as diarrhoea (sp) but is actually constipation IYSWIM

TMI, sorry.

I will reassess in the morning, he is whimpering in sleep .


nightcat Mon 06-Oct-08 22:35:53

How old is he?
Try building in either something with beetroot into his meals (some salads have beetroot leaves and you can use them in sauce etc) or something with mint (a sip of mint tea or a sweet). Flaxseeds also good.

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 06-Oct-08 22:49:13

No can do - he self-limits his food, beetroot is out. Dang, that is such a good tip, too.


Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: