So my 3 year old daughter has been withholding her poo for about 14 months now. I'm not entirely sure what caused it to start, probably the potty we bought her for her 2nd birthday (not that we started toilet training), but it definitely wasn't constipation.
Various trips to the gp have done little to help, Movicol being prescribed first but was taken off it after an explosion that resulted in me throwing away 2 whole outfits! (Doc said this was not the desired result, but half a sachet less and she was still able to hold it in)
I've tried baked beans, lots of praise, sticker charts, ignoring the whole poo subject altogether, olive oil, diet changes, etc and nothing seems to work - she is so strong willed!
Then I had 2 very stressful nights a couple of weeks ago where she was waking up in the middle of the night screaming and crying because she needed to go but really didn't want to! It was almost as if she was saying "mummy I can't live like this anymore, help me!"
I'm lucky if I get a a solid lump once a week, most of the time she just soils her nappy. It's a viscous cycle because she's held it for so long that it does hurt when she passes a lump now, because it's so large.
I stumbled across the Eric website and have taken her back to the gp and she's now on sennakot syrup. She needs a "clear out" which the sennakot will do but I'm a little unclear as to when to know she's clear. The Eric website says "brown water".
She's currently on 5 tsps at bedtime and I'm getting what I would call diarrhoea - it still has some substance to it and is not watery (sorry TMI!)
Do I keep her at 5tsps until this is achieved? Or do I continue to up the dose gradually?
If you can help, many thanks in advance. I just want my little girl to feel better