Hi, I'm so happy to have found this website and source of support, it's so nice to read people's comments and not feel so alone with this issue.
My son is nearly 3 and has suffered with constipation since he was 6months old. Currently he is on lactulose and laxido and goes for a poo roughly every 8 days. He is very anxious about sitting on the toilet or potty and is definitely withholding his bowel movements. Every 8-10 days we have a whole day where we have to stay at home because he is so uncomfortable and grumpy as he needs to poo. He eventually goes and it is pretty explosive! I'm a single parent so find these days particularly challenging and frustrating.
I've tried everything from rewards for pooing, talking about it all the time, books about it, regular encouragement etc but nothing seems to be helping.
The doctors just keep prescribing different laxatives which only make the stools looser but don't change the amount of time between poos.
Here are my questions!
How do I know if this is a physical or psychological issue?
should I insist on a referral to a peadiatrician?
I would really appreciate any help and advice as I feel so alone with this and it's really starting to affect how well I am coping with single parenting.
Thanks in advance for reading and responding,