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help! 3 weeks/3 yr old no bm

please help....i have a 3 year old that hasn't had a bm in 3 weeks. Took him to doctor on friday, and they gave me a perscription, mirlax, and told me to give him an enema a day for three days, and call them. well. today was day #3 and nothing. I have tried prunes, prune juice, supostories, exlax, lots of water, everything and nothing happens. i will call the doctor again tomorrow, but i feel like he is going to explode.

You might try mineral oil. My oldest son used to have such problems,and his doctor told us to use it. I would start out giving him 2-3 tablespoons twice a day, until he started going, and then just 2 tablespoons daily. It doesn't have a bad taste, but it leaves a terrible film in your mouth. It was easier for us to mix it with orange juice. Does your son seem to be in pain? I can't imagine not going for three weeks!


how long did your son not go?
how long did it take for the mineral oil to work?
he doesn't seem in pain at all, just low appetite

Ok, it is absolutely a problem that a 3year old did not have a BM in 3 weeks.

Could you possibly have missed one? Is his belly extended? Does he moan if you touch/massage his belly? Does he seem a different color (greyish)? Does he smell funny?

Miralax will sometimes take a few days to work, but what you could do is give him a full scoop (17 gr) in 4 oz of juice for every hour, till he goes! BUT, if he has an impaction, this won't work. The impaction will work as a plug and so pushing Miralax from the top down is not going to do the trick, you will need to unplug him first. You could do that by either using a suppository or an enema (a baby enema or half an adult one should do the trick). Make sure he does not immediately use the bathroom, the enema will take some time to work too. If he immediately goes only water will come out and no poop... Once you have taken care of (even part of) the impaction you can either try Miralax, or a dulcolax or sennakot tablets.

Then again, you seem to have gone through all the motions already so maybe he needs a clean out in the hospital...

Do not worry too much, the intestines can hold an amazing amount of stool before anything goes really wrong, and I am sure he will produce an amazing toilet clogger once he goes!

Good luck and let us know what the doc says tomorrow..


My daughter who is 2 1/2 yrs old. Has alot of issues with having BM's on her own the dr told me to give her milk of magnesia a tbsp. and it works. She is seeing a Gi dr next monday she has had these constipation problems for over 1 1/2 yrs now. her stomache is also distended.

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