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JakB Tue 12-Jul-05 19:29:32

DD has had two weeks of crying in agony. We have finally surmised (after another couple of days in A&E as the GP can never figure Dd out) that she has impacted constipation- no wonder she has been in pain. I am worried it is due in part or wholly to her 'special diet' (gluten and dairy free). What do people think? I feel really responsible, I must say. She eats really healthily, though. Lots of fruit and vegetables and, I though, enough fibre. Anybody else found this? Is constipation also a problems speficially for children with autism? Any help gratefully received

Jimjams Tue 12-Jul-05 19:31:45

I doubt its the diet if she's eating lots of fruit and veg. DS1 went through a terrible phase of constipation- but that was caused by him holding and holding. You could add linseed to her diet. I used to add it to ds1's bread.

JakB Tue 12-Jul-05 19:33:53

What do you mean Jimjams, holding his bowel movement?
Linseed a very good idea

Jimjams Tue 12-Jul-05 20:04:16

yep- he was going about once every 4 days - and it took ages as one end was all hard (normal behind). It sorted itself out once he swapped schools! give lots of water with linseed....

heartinthecountry Tue 12-Jul-05 22:20:22

I was told to crush the linseeds up too otherwise they are more likely to pass straight through.

It seems a lot of kids with SN in general get constipated. Dd is often and I remember TC mentioning it about Lottie.

Has your dd had antibiotics recently (think she did for horrid ear infection) - maybe a probiotic would help? The nutritionist at BIBIC suggested we give dd something called Acidopholis which is dairy free - to help with constipation (not sure it is working though )

eidsvold Tue 12-Jul-05 23:00:30

dd1 gets constipated if we change her diet and she has a little processed food - fish fingers etc for dinner... once we get her back on the veges she seems fine. Constipation is a problem for children with down syndrome due to the low muscle tone. I have also read that ( again for children with ds) to get them moving and exercising which helps the bowel... don't ask me the whys of it... I also increase her apple/orange juice intake along with water and cut down the bananas, eggs and other foods that bind... and that seems to help.

louismama Wed 13-Jul-05 10:17:22

Have always used regulose with ds normally only takes 1 dose but have never let him go more than two days without a movement(now 2) got it from lloyds chemist its not available everywhere dont think its very strong in a medication sence as pharmacist sold it to me ( not prescription) when he was tiny baby. Hope its of help.

JakB Wed 13-Jul-05 12:16:19

Thanks for all your fab advice. Have also heard that my specialist health visitor runs a 'Constipation Clinic' so will be booking my place...

monica2 Wed 13-Jul-05 20:11:03

Hope the clinic has some good advice JakB, and glad dd is feeling better. Bet there aren't many yummy mummies at the constipation clinic hope they sell extra strong lattes!!

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