I apologise if this has been asked before but can a toddler become dependent on Movicol?
My 19 month year old son has been on and off Movicol since he became incredibly constipated and started to withhold at about 14 months old.
To begin with, one dose was all he needed to have very loose poo. Then as he started to get constipated again we would increase the dose to one a day for a week then he would be fine for a few weeks and then need it again.
In the end, we managed to maintain a bowel movement a day with one Movicol in the morning, lots of fluid including watered down prune juice and increasing his fruit intake (vegetables are still a battle).
Over the last few weeks however (with no change that we are aware of to his diet or fluid intake) we've had to increase his dose to two Movicols a day.
Today he's started to withhold again. Is this normal? Has his body somehow become reliant and adapted to two Movicols and should we increase again? 3 Movicols a day seems rather a lot.
We've not had much luck with his Dr who thinks he should be off Movicol altogether and that diet and fluid intake alone should fix things (if only it was that simple).
I really feel I need to push for a referral but I don't know what options I have if the Dr is dismissive.
Thanks for reading. Xx