Life as a mom who has her hands full
In hindsight, I guess we might have tried to push Aidan to potty train before he was ready, but 3 1/2 years old seemed plenty old enough! Actually, he potty trained rather well, except for pooping. Maybe he would’ve had trouble with constipation no matter when he potty trained, maybe not. I guess for now we will never really know. Our doctor has us on Miralax which is working well, and she said that he will need to take it for about 6 months to a year so that he can break the cycle his body has gotten into.
Basically, he remembers that pooping hurts and so he tries to procrastinate going sit on the potty by holding it in. The longer he holds it in, the more impacted he gets and the more it will hurt when he does inevitably go to the bathroom. The trick is getting him to FORGET that pooping ever really hurt. Well now he is almost 5 years old and so keeping track of how when he goes to the bathroom isn’t that easy. He no longer feels the need to tell me when he goes, nor what he goes when he does. Things have improved though over the last few months and I do believe that if we stay the course, we will tackle this thing.
But I wonder if he will always struggle with bowel troubles as he gets older, will he always have a form of constipation, and will he always require medications to help it. Diet can be a great way to regulate the bowels by adding more fiber and more fluids. BUT getting a busy 4 year old to actually sit still long enough to drink enough fluids is challenging. He doesn’t seem to require as much to drink as his sister or I do. I have been sneaking more liquids in his day by making homemade fruit juice popsicles and making lemonade and other fun drinks. For more fun ways to get your kids to drink more water, try this article on my website. Here’s hoping things continue to improve. I just want them to get better before they start to affect his self esteem. Right now, it doesn’t seem to affect him too much, but I know as he gets older he might start to become embarrassed by his bowel troubles.
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