William has always struggled with his pooing but as he has got older it is less and less frequent. However he does have quite a few hard stools. Went to his anual review with consultant and she asked me how he was doing with constipation. She said it is common for lo's with DS to have hard stools and it hurts when they poo but you don't always know, if stools are hard that is constipation. She said that then puts them off eating except for what they fancy because they are scared to poo so can hold it as well.
She has said he needs to have 5ml of lactulose every day to keep them soft, no side effects. He is a poor eater so was very interesting will be doing it.
Hi, George started with constipation and hard stools when he was a few weeks old. The paediatrician put him on lactulose in Aug (10 weeks old) and gp kept increasing the dose as it wasn't really helping - George would only go about every 6/7 days and he really cried. A couple of months ago the GP gave him Movicol aswel which was really good,- he was going every day easily after being on it for about 4 days. When we saw the paediatrician 3 weeks ago she said to stop the lactulose and just give him the movicol but he's back to only going every few days and his tummy is all hard and lumpy and he seems very uncomfortable when he's having his bottle. Has anyone else been on the Movicol? Thinking I might start the lactulose again - any advice? Thanks xx
Will has been having a feally bad couple of weeks, the lactulose didn't work because he was so constipated so he went on to movicol twice a day, but his bottom was already really sore from the massive poo he had the day before he started the lactulose. The movicol made it soft but because he was so bunged up he pooed for england and screamed his bottom is raw and he is terrified of pooing or having his nappy chaned.
Amber's had constipation since she was around 1 year old and off. I have used lactulose on and off for that time but get different advice from different doctors. Some say it has to be used on a long term basis and then dropped gradually, others say use when needs. I believe that Amber's constipation has been continual for the last 3 years, a child can poo but can still be constipated. The outside of the bowel can still hold old poo and the new stuff can go through the middle.
Amber has quite a big tummy and i beleive it's down to constipation/digestion. After speaking to many people about this, i'd like to try Amber on movicol, i approached my GP recently but he was reluctant. He says that lactulose has had some effect therefore use as and when, children with DS can have a tummy the same as Amber's. I say the tummy is there for a reason ie, 3 years of on and off constipation, they don't just have a poo and therefore are no longer constipated, this is a medical fact.
When Amber was younger sitting her on the potty used to really help her but she currently thinks the potty is a hat so we're making no progress there !!!