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Really smelly poos in 2.5 year old

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chesnut Sat 07-Mar-09 10:53:14

My 2.5 year old daughter is very healthy and happy, has a fantastic appetite and eats anything I put in front her. But she has suffered since birth from chronic, painful constipation. She was treated with Lactulose, but we stopped giving it to her, as she is now passing very soft stools. However, they have turned orange/yellow in colour and when we undo her nappy the smell comes out and it actually makes the eyes water (no exaggeration). It smells like ammonia, and she has a very bloated stomach at the end of the day. Any ideas what is causing this???

mersmam Sat 07-Mar-09 20:45:37

Sounds like she could still have some constipation problems.
I would ask your GP to refer you to a paediatrician.
This happened to us with our DD1 and one visit to the paed sorted her out - she was prescibed movicol (lactulose never did anything for her).
Also make sure that she's drinking plenty of fluids.

mersmam Sat 07-Mar-09 20:48:03

Meant to add, we were told that runny poos can actually be a sign of constipation (weird I know). When the bowel gets really blocked up it stops working properly and might need a good 'clear out' using something like movicol.

movicol Thu 28-May-09 19:54:58

I have been reading reviews on Movicol and it is all so upsetting really. I have a 2y7m child who has bm problems since being toilet trained in Jan/Feb. He is constipated and there are the overflow of soft stools etc. Syrop of figs, then lactulose did not work at all. Tuesday put on movicol. One satchet yesterday - nothing. Two satchets today nothing. We have had to cancel our holiday because we can't leave the house really. Elder children really struggling with the situation (if any friends come round). I am seriously worried. You hear stories all the time of 11 year olds who are unable to control their bms.
Any positive help or advice please for a little one so young?

movicol Mon 15-Jun-09 14:38:28

Thanks for that. The movical cleared him out but now he is back in pull ups because I couldnt leave the house. Went up to 3 satchets a day then down to 2 then 1 now 1 every other day. If he does bm it is in pull up only but he may go days or lots in one day. anyway asked to see paediatrician - got appt in 1 month. i just do not feel confident in how I am using movicol or how much I am using and if the little fella will ever be out of pull ups.

chestnut - I haven't experienced that so I would def see health visitor or doctor.


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