My daughter is five and a half, has had poo withholding issues since potty training at two and a half. After a lot of battles with Health visitors and the GP, she was eventually referred to the hospital where the paediatric consultant started her on a disimpaction regime. To cut a long story short, after several disimpactions, various doses of Senna and later PicoSulfate, we don't seem to have made many much progress. At Christmas my daughter had a tummy bug, this caused her poo to become very loose (not diarrhoea) for the following few weeks and the consultant suggested that perhaps the bug had caused her gut to 'reset' and to trial taking her off all meds. She also suggested that sometimes a tummy bug can cause temporary lactose intolerance. So, we took her off the meds and she started withholding again. I gave her one sachet of Movicol and this produced dramatic diarrhoea but got rid of the tummy ache. No more Movicol. The loose poo continued for a week so I took her off lactose, this helped a bit.
Last weekend, another tummy bug struck. My husband and family are very sceptical about the meds AND the lactose intolerance but have latched onto the 'gut resetting' idea: since Sunday, my husband has asked me to keep her off the medication and let her have lactose to let Nature run it's course. So far, when I am successful in getting my daughter to sit on the loo for 20 mins she can produce a small amount of formed healthy poo. In between loo visits she is having poo accidents in her pants at school. Last night, she cried in pain whilst on the loo doing a poo. She seems to hate sitting on the loo and pushing. She'll happily sit there with my iPad though. I'm at my wits end and cannot see an end to what has become a battle with my gorgeous daughter, and potentially my husband. Has anybody had any experience of their child recovering from withholding issues and constipation following a tummy bug?