I apologize in advance if this is TMI. I'm at a loss of what to do and am hoping to get good advise. My 3 1/2 year old daughter started to have constipation issues ever since she was potty trained 9 months ago. She often withholds and doesn't have a bm everyday. There are times when it has been 3 days since she had one. When she does go, it is a struggle for her. After talking to the doctor numerous times, I am working with her changing her diet and drinking more fluids. It can be tough getting a stubborn 3 year old to eat and drink differently. This past week the constipation got so bad that we added more fiber and prune juice (just a little bit) to her diet. Now she is having soft poop stuck in her butt. She has been telling me when she has to go, complaining of a stomach ache, and says her stomach feels better after she goes, but it's just a tiny amount. There were a couple of times when she didn't even realize it was there. Could this be from adding the prune juice? Can her body be so messed up she doesn't know when she has to go? Could there be a bowel obstruction? I don't want her to have to go through this and I'm afraid she will have an accident when she's at school.
In addition to my daughter being constipated, now my son who just turned 1 is also having pooping trouble. Ever since he started eating more food, it is very difficult to give him fluids. He often refuses it. He has a bm almost everyday, but when he goes, he has so much trouble pushing it out. He screams in pain and I have to help by pushing back his legs, like a bicycle.
I feel bad for both kids and I want them to have to go through this. It is horrible. If anyone has any suggestions or advise, please let me know. I have asked the doctor many times and all she says is to change their diet and make sure they are drinking more fluid. I have been trying to change their diet, and will continue to do so, but there hasn't been an end in sight to their constipation.