24 months of Movical for my 5 year old

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My daughter has been seeing a consultant since she was 3. She started off with constipation and then overflow. She has been on Movical for 2 years. She wears sanitary towels to school and has beetween 10 and 20 changes per day because she has had a poo accident. We no longer can just nip to the park as we always have to pack sanitary towels, underwear, wet wipes etc. This problem has destroyed her confidence and it breaks my heart. Some days it's all too much for her and she just sobs begging me to take away the Poo... just feel helpless.

The last consultant we saw told me there was nothing more she could do for her...very helpful! We have since been seen by a new consultant who prescribed picolax for the clear out and then three Movicol everyday.

Even though my little girl still has 10 - 20 accidents a day she is starting to recognise when it has happened. Her poo is very runny but we've been told she must still take three a day.

The new consultant has also put some routines in place for her, she must sit on the toilet for 20mins after breakfast, lunch and dinner and we must encourage her to ask for the toilet when she feels anything going on in her tummy (even if it's just rumbling). We are all sticking to the routine and we are seeing small results. We go back to the consultant later this month and I'm hoping he will also see some improvement.

Just wish there was a magic cure for this condition!

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    My daughter is 5 (6 in Jan) and has ben on movicol peadriatric 2 sachtes a day for 2 1/2 years and the consultant at the hospital said it maybe for long term taking it.

    she had to have 3 ops down at QMC Nottingham when she was born, 1 to get her stoma out, 1 to rectify her anus and the 3rd to put her stoma back in. her anus is right under her vagina so she has problems when wiping herself, that's why we have a carer at school and we have to go with her to the toilet.

    she has a carer at school. If you need to chat reply to this.


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    awe so sorry to hear about your troubles my son is 2.5 and is on 4 packets of movical a day... its so dishearting to see them in distress we are just entering into the mine field of school as my son started pre-school just before christmas... here hoping to some answers for you and your family soon
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    hi there, had problems in the past with my son (4) going to the toilet for nearly 2 yrs. had to take him back to drs today as he had not been for 8 days, he was prescribed movical and suppositories.. wld like to know if anyone knows the best way for him to drink the movical, does not like it at all, and as for the suppositories, he didnt know what it was at first, he needs another one tomorrow but think it may be too traumatic for him, would welcome any advice from you all.. sad
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    sorry to hear about your dc.

    Can you tell me what they are eating ? It's not good enough that they are being allowed to have these problems - do you think they would let the queens children or that posh & becks would put up with this ?

    PLease take control on this & get it sorted for your children.

    My dd had terrible constipation & looking back, I suspect it was my fault, SHe had wholemeal bread, high fibre cereal - all much too drying for her 20+ mth old gut to cope with.

    If your children are over 2 then request they are given sodium docusate, eliminate the fibre I've described above & get them eating apples, mangos, kiwi, wet fruit at every meal, no artifical sweetners.

    Hope they are all better soon

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    I know that this is a late add on - but for anyone trying movical with toddlers - the flavour can't be disguised but it can be enhanced. 1 satchet with 200mL of Sprite lemonade or lemon flavoured cordial or try ice cups - 1.5 satchets or less for a 7 ounce cup (I fill a little over a third of the cup with Pine Lime cordial and my son loves it).

    My son has overflow and chronic constipation because he just doesn't want to go to the toilet - he is 3 and half years but just after his 3rd birthday the problems started because the poo hurt his bottom then he just held it in. We take Parachoc daily for the past 6 months and Movicol once a month (3.5 satchets for 3 days) to flush him out. Then the cycle starts again. We just can't get him to poo on the toilet. He sits for 5 minutes after breakfast and dinner but will only wee.

    Any advice would be appreciated. We have tried almost everything - including a dietician. He is just stubborn.

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