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Old 02-02-2003, 08:42 AM
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stomach pains

I have raised 4 children and am now in the process of helping to raise my 2 year old grandson and although this does not make me a expert I do have some suggestions. Besides the obvioous of contacting a pediatrian try and watering down the juice with about half juice and half water. And try your own experiment. Try eleminating his foods one at a time and see if it could be a food alergy. This can sometimes be the case. With one of my children I found he had an alergy to food coloring and artificial flavors so you can check this out also. You might have a case of mild milk alergy also. A pediatrician is a specialist in this field where an adult doctor or gp does not necessarily have these insights.
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Old 04-13-2004, 04:17 AM
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Bowel problems

I know that it has been an incredibly long time since anyone's posted here, but I thought I'd give it a try. I'm at my wit's end.

My 9 year old son has always had problems with constipation. He apparently has a very sensitive system, and to top it off, he doesn't want to go at school, or in certain places. He's also very sensitive emotionally.

Well he recently became so "backed up" so to speak, that he felt ill. We kept him home and treated it and he finally began "going" again.

Now it seems as though it won't stop. The need to eliminate comes on him so quickly that he can't make it to the bathroom and he's having "accidents". It's embarassing for him and frustrating for me.

I'm wondering if his bowels became so stretched out with "withholding" that he's now having trouble controlling it now that it's working again.

Has anyone ever experienced this? It's been going on for a week and I'm considering taking him to the doctor--although I don't know what they'd do.

I'd appreciate ANY information!!

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Old 04-14-2004, 03:35 AM
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I would suggest taking him to the gastroenteerologist.

The intestines have their own nervous system.. It's called the "gut brain" and it's a very poorly understood and aparantly sensitive organ.

The balance in the gut is a delecate thing. And it doesn't take much to disturb it.

What you are describing sounds a lot like the symptoms of iritable bowel syndrome. It can have many causes.. but the outcome is the same.

There are medications to treat it so that your life isn't so disrupted.. diets to try, and eduational materials for theraputic techniques to make the mind over body tug-of-war a little easier to control...

If in fact your son's bowel did become "stretched out" the doctor would be able to examine him for signs of that, and perscribe treatment to help correct the problem... (Sometimes there can be nerve or muscle damage.. but that is very rare. ) Usually it's just the balance that gets messed up..

Please keep in mind that this does not constitute "medical advice" and you need to talk to a physician about this. BUt I would say that a visit to the doctor is NOT wasted time.

Your son's embarrasment is not a small thing. And the doctor's visit will not be easy. Please try to find a PAEDIATRIC gastroenterologist.. they are versed in handling kids and their shy ways...

Good luck.. I hope he feels better soon.. In th mean time be supportive and kind about any accidents he may have... It's not an easy situation.

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Old 04-15-2004, 04:29 AM
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Thank you SO much for the reply! I had considered irritable bowel syndrome or something like that, but am not familiar enough to know the exact symptoms.

Yesterday I called the advisory nurse at our clinic. She did say that there is an intestinal bug going around that lasts a while. I'm keeping him home today, and if he's not better by tomorrow, I'm going to take him in--since it's Friday and the weekend's coming.

I'm also trying the BRAT diet--but I don't want him ending up having the opposite problem again either.

We're really pushing the pedialyte, gatorade and other liquids too.

The nurse didn't think it could be an obstruction-since he doesn't have those symptoms either.

Again--I really appreciate your response!

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