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ER? Please HELP! Flower. 3 kids; Rockville, Maryland 1244 posts
19th Feb '13

We are thinking about taking our 3 year old to convenient care tonight because he hasn't pooped in 8, going on 9 days. He says he feels like he has to go, but can't. He has large BM, as do I so I know how painful and hard it is to pass. We went to our regular doctor yesterday and he just said that he thinks he has a condition where his bowels don't contract right to squeeze the food into a comfortable enough width to poop out. He said it is genetic after I told him I have the same thing. He has been on Miralax for 4 days now and tomorrow morning will have been 5 days. Still nothing. I feel so bad for him. He barely wants to eat anything.



He's been drinking apple juice, been on Miralax, we've given him a suppository that just fell out because his BM is so close to coming out.....it's just too big. We've also put olive oil around the end of his anus to see if that would help his BM to come out easier. Nothing is working. He acts okay until he has the urge to poop. He just can't poop it out because it's too big. What will they do in the ER?



Is this worthy of taking him to Convenient Care or should we just wait? It's bedtime now so we might just put him to bed and see how he is tomorrow morning.



The only reason I'm taking him the Convenient Care over his doctor is because our family doctor is out of network and costs more than the $50 copay it costs to go to CC.

Angel [Mariah's Mommy] 1 child; Indianapolis, Indiana 18065 posts
19th Feb '13

There is nothing they can do at urgent care and doesn't really call for an ER visit either. Did you ask about a stool softener instead of a laxative?

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11904 posts
19th Feb '13

Have you tried prune juice?



Also I would try a warm bath and then putting him on the pot when he has to poop.

PennyBarnes Due May 20 (boy); 1 child; Mississippi 3 posts
19th Feb '13

Have you tried a suppository with him?

Angel [Mariah's Mommy] 1 child; Indianapolis, Indiana 18065 posts
19th Feb '13
Quoting PennyBarnes:" Have you tried a suppository with him?"


Did you not read what she posted?

ElleBelle (36 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 22237 posts
19th Feb '13

There's not much an ER can do. I also have this problem. It sucks. Time helps..so maybe putting him to bed after taking a stool softener and in the morning it might come out

Juliette 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Olive Branch, MS, United States 3015 posts
19th Feb '13

Liquid suppository!! We go through this about once a month with my 2 year old. Its the only thing that relieves him.

Buzz and Almond Joys momm 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 12593 posts
19th Feb '13

I would not really go there because all they will do is say try a suppository or an enema. ( my daughter has bowel issues)

brodyzmom Due December 18 (girl); 1 child; 3 angel babies; Huntsville, Alabama 2792 posts
19th Feb '13

I would try an enema first. If that doesn't work I'd take him tomorrow.

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 10408 posts
19th Feb '13

I don't think it calls for a trip to the ER, but you may want to take him back to his regular doctor. only thing I can suggest is keep trying everything you've already tried. Hope he feels better, bless his heart!!!

I♥RYLEIGH 49 kids; Windsor, Ontario 10434 posts
19th Feb '13
Quoting Angel [Mariah's Mommy]:" Did you not read what she posted?"


:!: Like seriously...

The Monk Due March 6; Nerima, Japan 723 posts
19th Feb '13
Quoting PennyBarnes:" Have you tried a suppository with him?"


This.
They use to give me suppositories. I have the same condition as does my brother. Poor guy. I use to go up to two weeks without a poop. :roll:

Dwinkswife 2 kids; Texas 360 posts
19th Feb '13

This will probably sound gross, but you may need to get some disposable gloves, some lubricant, and manually remove the impacted poop to make it easier for him to go. If there is poop right in his rectum, you can use a gloved and lubricated finger to gently swipe out pieces of the hard poop. Once you have removed what you can, give him a kids Fleets enema or liquid glycerine to get the rest of it moving. It may take a few times of having to help him along for him to be able to do it himself.

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15558 posts
19th Feb '13

Try an enema, then (I know this will sound gross) but let him try to go IN the tub of warm water. it will help relax his muscles and lubricate him. Sounds gross, but it's something that can be cleaned.

Take me as I am 18 kids; Wyoming 1669 posts
19th Feb '13

My son was the same way, went to the ER they did an X-ray and he had ubstructed bowl, admitted him right away to clean him out.