Chronic Constipation you’re giving me the S^%$*

Chronic Constipation

I understand this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea to read, but when you become a parent things that never crossed your mind sometimes end up being your day to day worries with your child – cue my life right now!

I’ve not really mentioned this openly over on my social media accounts,  but the past few weeks have been very, very difficult at our home.   After Grace had a 24 hour gastro bug which was horrific in itself, she’s not been the same since.

Unfortunately when a child who already has a sensitive gut like Grace gets Gastro, it completely upsets their system and we are still feeling it weeks afterwards.  I feel like we’ve gone completely backwards with treating her chronic constipation, every couple of days she’s becoming blocked and it’s affecting everything, including her sleep (which we didn’t think could get any worst!) and eating.

As I mentioned in previous posts, Grace is on supplementation twice a day as well as a small amounts of laxatives for this. Everyday I monitor her bowel movements to try and see if I need to give her more or less.  At the moment I’m trying to get her supplementation and laxative amount just right, which is becoming a near impossible task.

The older she gets, the more I’m starting to notice the psychological aspect of all this,  and the vicious cycle it’s all becoming.  She gets a flare up of constipation which obviously makes her uncomfortable and sore from straining and basically holds it in for the fear of being in more pain, which of course only makes matters worse.

When we first started our journey to sort out her issues it was really obvious that food intolerances were the root cause.  However nearly two years down the line I’m starting to question everything as I don’t understand why she is still suffering with it, especially as we’re so careful with her diet.

We’re seeing her Integrative Paediatrician next month, which really can’t come soon enough.  Initially when we first started seeing our current doctor she said we could test her gut flora. We decided to wait and see if we saw improvements, which we did,  but even before the gastro hit we had started to plateau – I now think this will be an essential thing for her to get tested.

All we can do now is hope and pray that her gut starts to settle down with the help of the prebiotic food I give her and the supplementation….. and roll on May!

I’m really interested in connecting with other parents whose child/children suffer from chronic constipation and the reasons why.  So if that’s you please send me a private message or comment below so we can connect.

Mel x

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    April 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

    We struggle with this too! And thought it was food intolerances but now questioning that as I’m super careful with his diet. We’ve gone from explosive diarrhoea in infancy to now chronic constipation. See the dietician and paediatrician next month too. It’s tough for everyone!!

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    April 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Hey Jo, thanks for your message! This sounds exactly like us to! I’m just setting up a support and group chat group over on Facebook, would love to know more about your story. You’re welcome to join us:

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    August 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I’m so glad I have found your blog, my daughter is 16 months old and we have been seeing pediatrician for around 12 months numerous laxatives (for her age) and nothing has budged, she has only been tested for celiacs and came back clear. She also is in so much pain and is terrified from straining so much, it can take her days before she can go, not eating, sleeping or drinking and feeling miserable. The way I have been treated by Doctors is making me feel like a bad mother who freaks over the smallest things. I have 2 older children boy almost 7 with Autism and 5.5 year old girl also Autism and ADHD. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope you find the answers needed for your daughter and I am glad to see I’m not the only one struggling .

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      August 6, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Hayley,

      I’m so sorry to hear that, I totally get it as this has been our life for the past 2 years now.

      I can see you’ve come across to the chat group, so hope to connect properly in there.

      Mel x

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    November 5, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Mel.
    My daughter aged 12 has suffered with constipation since 2 years old. She has a good diet . And I have no idea as to why she would suffer from this . We have seen numerous doctors and there is no health diagnosis.
    Would love to hear how things are going now for your child.

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      December 7, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Hi Suzanne, thank you for your message and I’m sorry to hear that. We are doing much better now, but still need to wean my daughter off the small amount of laxatives. We still see a paed gastro, infact we are going today for a check-up.

      Have you seen a paed gastro?

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