Hi all, I've only just found this website, but have been having problems with my 4 year daughter for the past 7 months.
She was toilet trained at age 3 and we never had any particular problems since then. In September she started school, and then in October she started to have poo accidents. I'm not sure if the timing is relevant or just a coincidence?
After several visits to the GP she was diagnosed with constipation and put onto movicol (started with 1 sachet, and then increased to 3 a day) and when that didn't have much affect she was also put onto lactulose (twice a day).
She has not improved, and I don't think we've gone a single day since October when she has not had an accident. She typically has between 2 and 6 poo accidents a day. Never in the night though, just in the day.
We have been referred to see a paediatrician but as the waiting list was so long we paid for a private appointment. The doctor didn't think there was anything majorly wrong with her medically (because otherwise she is a healthy, happy, active little girl). He told us to stop the lactulose, and wean her back down to 1 sachet moviol a day to see what affect that has. He will then do some blood test / stool samples to 'rule out' any general health problems. He thinks maybe she has some IBS type problems and then wants us to do some exclusion diets (8 weeks dairy free, 8 weeks gluten free etc).
Not sure what my question to you is - I'd just like an answer to what is wrong with her and how we can help!! It's really starting to get us all down so would be great to hear from others who know how this feels. The school have been really good, but I'm starting to worry about when she moves up next year and maybe the new teachers wont be as helpful, or the other children might start to notice her problems more once they are in a more structured classroom setting.
Currently we are using potty training pads in her pants to try and contain the problem. We considered putting her back in pull ups but we worried about her friends noticing and teasing her. Are there any other products out there you can recommend? The pads are good, but usually not big enough to save her pants getting dirty.
Thanks for listening x