Maintenance Dose - Grrrrr!

My 40 month old daughter has been withholding poo since she turned 2.

GP was useless - put her on movicol with zero explanation as to what to do. Got to the diarrhoea stage, panicked, went back to the GP who took us off it and said it was a control issue that she would grow out of.

Scoured the internet for advice and tried almost everything; sweets, stickers, star charts, diet changes, the list goes on.

Came across the ERIC website where I learnt about laxatives and disimpaction. Armed with this new info I went back to the GP who prescribed sennakot syrup for her.

I was able to disimpact her easily enough, but I just can't get the maintenance dose right. She needed 5tsp to disimpact and the first round we got her down to 1.5tsp and she was passing the ideal poo daily.

Then she just stopped going and started withholding again. 9 days later she passed a very large and probably painful poo.

So I did the disimpaction regime again and made sure she was empty. I very slowly started to reduce the dose until we were down at 2tsp when she caught a cold. Now she's withholding and soiling again and not eating and miserable again, so I'm taking the dose back up a tsp at a time (we're currently at 4tsp) and still no luck.

She's still in nappies and has no interest in potty training.

She can't communicate exactly why she won't poo - just says "I don't like poo"

Bribery does not work.

She won't let me near her when she's in the process of withholding so blowing bubbles is a no no.

Help me out - PLEASE?

2 Replies

  • Bless you both its so frustrating and annoying. So many of us on this website know exactly hoe you feel. You did well to get it going well with the maintainence dose. It's then so annoying when for no apparent reason it all goes pear shaped again, I have been through this so many times and there seems to be no exact science. Just get to a clear out dose again and slowly come down to a maintainence dose again! Good luck. X

  • Thank you so much for your kind reply.

    I know that I shouldn't let it get to me but sometimes I think "why me and my little girl?"

    Then I come on here and realise that its not just me, in fact it's more common than a lot of people realise, and I don't feel so alone anymore


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