When poo won’t pass

When poo won’t pass

13th March 2020By nanhoodadminNo Comments

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I eat no red or processed meats and about 16+different vegetables and fruit a day and lots of fluids.  I have not experienced constipation like this. 

My grandsons do eat meat but rarely. Their diet has a good amount of fruit, some veg, eggs, water and milk. They like fish and relish the occasional ice cream. Well that is at home of course.

Making his own food choices

Now that Duncan has got older he is being invited to birthday parties where there is a flood of sugary foods, processed white bread, processed meats like ham and he loves it all. But it does not all love him. 

At school he errs towards what I refer to as the ‘rubbish stuff’ like hotdogs in white rolls with ketchup and ‘fruit’ yoghurts where the colour is about the nearest thing to a piece of fruit. In fact one day on our walk home he exclaimed that his strawberry yoghurt actually had a piece of strawberry in it… miraculous.

A scream of pain

One evening Duncan suddenly, without warning screamed out in pain. He said he could not move. He was crying. He pulled his legs up and refused to move them again. After finding it was on the left and not the right (a sign of appendicitis although that starts in the middle and moves to the right the GP told us ) she gently pressed and pulled to a range of squeals. Her judgement was ‘constipation’. How could we get his poo to move? 

The first try was to lift him onto the toilet and ask him to try and let a poo out. While there he was given a book to read. He thought this was very funny and took his mind off the pain. 

Next he drank a large cup of water. Here was the first clue

First Clue

           Nan, I keep forgetting to drink my water at school. Sometimes I remember at lunchtime but I forget at break times. 

Knowing how much he runs around and sweats this was not good. He glugged down another smaller glass of water. Without consistent water and a good amount of it everyday he would be at risk again. 

Second Clue

The pain abated for a while. He announced he was hungry. He immediately said he only wanted to eat the burger bun in which was hidden a vegetable burger, tomato and lettuce. His chosen diet of the last 24 hours was loaded with white bread and processed stuff it is difficult to digest.

Third Clue

      Can I have an egg? 

Not a good idea. The egg can act as a binder….or so my Mum told me. Too many and your poo can get gummed up, especially without a balanced diet of fibre. Mind you Elliot loves eggs and has been known to have 4 in a sitting but his water, veg and fruit intake is still under Mum and Dad’s control.

Then the pain returned

Duncan was carried into the lounge and laid out in the recovery position …known to all First Aiders. The recovery position

Duncan said he immediately felt better. Then I slowly and carefully lifted up and down his bent leg. All was well. We awaited a fart but as far as we could hear or smell none came. I reversed him and did the same on the other side.

He was shown a book about his body which helpfully made clear to him where the pain was and how his digestion worked when fed with the right food and drink. He was gripped by knowledge rather than pain.

Medication or Munching

Meanwhile Mum was looking up whether he can take Rennies…no or any other laxatives…. Not an option. The clear message was to go to the GP if the child is under 12 to make sure there is nothing more sinister around. We did and there was not. 

The GP told Duncan ..drink lots of water and eat fruit and veg…music to my ears. Mum was given a sachet to use if the situation returned.  Duncan was now pain free and chatty. Thankfully the water and gentle manipulation worked.

Top Tips

  • Prevention is best meaning think about food and drink choices and amounts
  • Talk to NHS via phone but expect to be told to see your GP
  • If a child is young listen to the health advice and don’t try and give medication you use as an adult or teenager.
  • Immediate comfort can be achieved by a fart, a poo or  other ways of getting the colon – home for poo- moving.