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How can my child's constipation problem be cured?

Q: My daughter is 3.5 years old. She is having acute constipation and itching problems. How can she get relieved of this problem?

A:For constipation and itching, try the following measures:

  • Increase the amount of fluid intake.
  • Ensure that the fibre intake is good by including vegetables, fruits and whole wheat bread / roti in preference to foods like rice, potatoes, milk, etc.
  • Try and establish a regular time for passing stool.
  • If the stool is hard, use a paediatric glycerine suppository for immediate relief. This should be pushed into the rectum as high as possible.
  • If necessary, use a mild laxative like milk of magnesia until the bowel habit becomes more regular for a short period of time.
  • As a stool softener, use Lactulose syrup 10 ml twice a day.

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