Friday, December 21, 2012

Dr points out constipation

Andy was pretty irritable when I picked him up from school yesterday. He cried all the way home, and wouldn't eat lunch or dinner. I thought his ear infection was back. I took him to the doctor the next day, and she said his ears looked great. Then she felt his belly, and found he was badly constipated. She could feel a large hard stool in his belly. She showed me how to feel for it too, it was like a big rock in his stomach. He had been having small poops, but I didn't think anything of it, because he had a small appetite while he was sick.

We headed up to the drugstore for a pediatric glycerin suppository as advised by the doctor. You don't need a prescription for this. The doctor told me that if only small stools continued to come out, we would have to resort to a stool softener. One small stool when he woke from his nap, plenty of water, and he ate dinner. Then in the morning no stool, and more irritability. I read on line to try a teaspoon of corn syrup, and olive oil on veggies, which I cooked in the toaster oven. Then he ate lunch. I gave him another pediatric suppository, as it had been 24 hours since the last one. They can only have one a day. It took about ten minutes, he relaxed in his bed, then had a large stool. Finally! Poor thing has been miserable, and couldn't tell us why.

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