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Chronic constipation in 4 yr old

My 4 yr old son does not have the feeling that he needs to have a bowel movement unless the colon is full. His stool is hard. He has dark circles under his eyes when he is constipated, which is all the time. The only way he can have a daily bowel movement is with senna tea, fiber, prune juice. He seems to be in pain/uncomfortable, easily upset. Any recommendation on a remedy? Thank you so much.
  lechemum on 2006-09-17
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
I have observed that Nat Phos 6x tablets help in keeping the stools soft and you can use 2 tablets after a meal and observe how it helps your son.

Please report response.

You are also advised to keep on with the prune juice but do not use the senna tea as this is an irritant and it use may cause other problems.

Bananas and Papaw are also know to soften the stools and regularize bowel movements.
Joe De Livera last decade
the fact that the stool is hard and he doesnt have the urge to defecate points towards lack of proper peristalsis movement and secretion in the inner linings of the intestines.

this calls for BRYONIA 30C to be taken 6 hourly till the peristalsis movement is set right.

also, as Joe suggested, natural fibers in food, eg. friut pulp, papaya etc. would be beneficial.
rishimba last decade
To Rishimba

You may like to know that I have personally observed that Bryonia 30c has a tendency of promoting constipation.

I have observed that this tendency also was replicated by other patients to whom I had prescribed it.
Joe De Livera last decade

Bryonia is generally a low potency prescription. If it is given in high potency, an aggravation could cause constipation.

This is also true in case of proving as BRYONIA tends to dry up the mucous linings in the body.
rishimba last decade
30c cannot by any means be classified as a high potency.

In my post addressed to you above you will observe that I have stated that I had observed that the 30c caused constipation in my case.

I first observed it about 10 years ago and also replicated this same phenomenon in other patients.

You may also like to know that Nux Vomica in the 30c potency also has this same effect.
Joe De Livera last decade
Silicea 30C...three times a day...half doses.

Will clear constipation...also make strong teeth and bones.

Best / Pankaj Varma
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
30c can be considered a higher potency.

Bananas can actually cause constipation.

Your son displays some symptoms of phenol intolerance - constipation with no urging to go, dark circles under the eyes.

Does he also get red ears or red cheeks?

You may want to consider digestive enzymes. Google NoFenol enzyme. These are from Houston Neutraceuticals, Inc. houstonni dot com.

Consider also that he is intolerant of dairy. Try a trial of one week dairy free (no milk, cheese, or dairy products) and see if that effects it.
busymominme last decade
My son is taking digestive enzymes, probiotics (dairy free), no dairy, eggs, soy. He has been allergy tested and we are very strict with keeping to foods he is not allergic too. He used to have red cheeks as a baby and toddler, this went when we gave him Chamomlia. As a new born we would wait 4 days before bowel movement, breast fed, I had no dairy. My other breastfed son had a bowel movement at every feeding. This son however, cried when he wasn't sleeping and still to this day is not a calm relaxed child, or sleep very much. I noticed that he didn't have dark circles under his eyes when he had a rotovirus which caused loose stools and slept alot!! I'll check on the phenol tolerance. I am not 100% which rememdy to give him though based on the responses - can I give more info to narrow the remedy down- please help!!!!
lechemum last decade
Silicea 30C..three times a day...half doses.....I repeat again.
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
Thank you very much. Will Silicea help with the dark circles or is this a symptom of phenol sensitivity.
lechemum last decade
silicea works great on the skin.
Pat2006 last decade
If you don't find anything that works for your son's constipation try Calcium Magnasium phosphurs Liquid by Nature's Life. It works fast like in 1/2 hour. Can be added to his bottle or drinks. Many infants in my family grew up on this. It was a life saver for them.

It comes in two sizes. Here is a link.

Keep learning about his personal nutritional requirements also including what foods to avoid.

Pat2006 last decade
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Pat2006 last decade
and do try to decrease his anxiety.

One of my nieces who is now 18 years old had a very bad case of bloating and constipation at only 6 months which was due to anxiety coming from the parents. Her health improved dramaticly immediately after her parents moved out into their own home. I'm talking about how much stress a 6 month old can experience. Some children are more sensitive than others who have the ability to pick up on emotions around them.
Pat2006 last decade
When constipation goes away...dark circles under eyes will simoultaneously go away.
PANKAJ VARMA last decade
I get rid constipation for my 3 year old son by using one tea spoon of brown sugar in the milk.
You may try the same.
iffi123 last decade

I found an article you might be interested in reading regarding constipation in children.

copy and past the link to your browser.

If you don't find help for your son, you can contact Elain. I understand she does consultation via e-mail and she is reliable.

I have a 2 year old client right now who is recovering--thanks to Sulphur--from the worst case of constipation I've ever heard of in my life! This child screamed whenever she had to sit on the potty, and actually tried NOT to go! If you look in the Homeopathic Medical Repertory under 'Rectum, constipation', you'll see the following rubric, or heading: 'constipation painful, compels child to desist from effort,' with Sulphur being the highest-rated among three remedies, so with that, I recommended Sulphur. Unexpected benefits from Sulphur were: the child no longer cried at bedtime, no longer cried in the car, no longer cried after day care, no longer was afraid of animals or moving toys like toy cars, no longer perspired profusely at night, no longer woke up to drink water, and now plays by herself without insisting that her mother watch her. Well, does anyone know a prescription drug that can accomplish this much?

Pat2006 last decade
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Pat2006 last decade
Dear Varma,
Silicea 30C thrice a day (three tabs) worked very well for my grandson who had problem passing stool and used to go only once in three days. with medication, he started daily but stopped medication, goes back for three days; so
How long, I should continue his medication?
What should be the dose?
or do you think any other alternative?
davendrak last decade
My son too is 4 years old.

having chronic constipation .. but now sometimes he is having blood in his stools.

Doctor has prescribed Lactulose is is watching for a week.

Please suggest homeopathic remedies in this case .

Thanks & regards.

Gautam last decade
COLLINSONIA CANADENSIS-3x (five drops) is useful for Constipation of children from intestinal atony.

dr. mahfooz
Mahfoozurrehman last decade
Thanks Dr. Mahfooz; however , the child is getting better in natural way, may be it was more for psychological reasons as he does not like to go to toilet.
with regards,
davendrak last decade

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