Many children with disabilities have an issue with constipation. It is one of those things most of us deal with, but somehow it is also one of the hardest things to talk about, even with other moms. Yet it is a daily struggle that many of us face with our children.
Here are some things that I have learned and do to keep my child comfortable and healthy:
The first, most important step is to find a pediatric gastroenterologist (GI) for your child. My child has a follow-up visit with her GI doctor every 3-4 months. She prescribes my child’s constipation medication and nutritional supplements.
I make sure to do my best to keep these appointments, otherwise things could get bad quickly and we may have to do the dreaded colon cleanout. I also make sure that she gets her medications as scheduled.
Another mandatory step is to make scheduled visits to the bathroom. Important times will be at wake-up in the morning and right before going to sleep at night. It is also a must to have your child go to the bathroom after meal and snack times.
Remember, your child should sit for no more than one minute per one year of age. So, at 12, my child should not sit on the toilet longer than 12 minutes. Make sure their stay is not too short, either. Sometimes it takes a few minutes to get things going.
Here are a few more things that are helpful.
Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your child more comfortable.
You might find other helpful tips for medical issues on the Diagnosis & Health Care on this website.
After making the difficult decision to medicate your child, with time and on occasions, old symptoms return or new ones appear. Once again, you’re faced with what felt like an already-made decision - to medicate higher or more, or not.
Giving yourself permission to take the time you need when you are ill can bring about good, healthy outcomes.
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My son is 7-years-old and still drinks from a bottle. We didn’t plan this, and we have tried to work around it. But the bottle gives him the flow control he needs to digest liquids properly.