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my 5 year old has stomach pains and cant poop.

Related Topics: Stomach, Pain
 

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Aw, I'm sorry for your little one.

You're certainly describing the classic symptoms of constipation. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to see if you can help your child have a bowel movement. However, if your child goes more than a couple of days without a bowel movement, you need to call your pediatrician.

One thing you can do is give your child some prune juice. Unless your child has blood sugar problems (diabetes), he or she should be able to tolerate this treatment just fine. Prune juice is a tried and true approach to constipation relief.

The best way to "treat" constipation is to prevent it. Feed your child a healthy diet that includes plenty of fiber from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Also make sure your child drinks plenty of water and gets some exercise every day. These three components are crucial in preventing constipation.

Please do not give your child a laxative without consulting your pediatrician. Dosing can be tricky with children, and your pediatrician is in the best position to advise you about what laxative to use and what dosage to give.

Wishing you all the best!


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You may have the answer. Abdominal discomfort and inability to have a bowel movement in a five year old is typically constipation (the pain may be caused by gas), or even stool-holding (a condition where the child does not want to defecate and tries to hold it.) If the continues to have pain and is not defecating, he will need to be properly examined.

If constipation has been a long-term issue, he will need to see his medical provider anyway or some specific dietary intervention or perhaps the addition of a stool softener in his diet.

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