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My son who is nearly three has been holding his poo for a

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My son who is nearly three has been 'holding' his poo for a few months now, my health visitor said to give him lactose for a few weeks to move any build up...however it has been a week since his last motion and he is refusing to go! we have been on holiday two weeks ago where he hardly ate, but drank loads also he had a bit of sickness at the beginning of this week, should I be over concerned or just let nature take its course?
In a situation like this, scheduling potty time to the same time daily might actually provide the security needed.
Giving him laxatives is not a good solution.
However, You can improve his diet with stewed fruit, stewed prunes, steamed and peeled veggies as much as possible., cooked and ground flax see, oat brain, and peeled apples. This gives soluble fiber which heals the bowel.
If this probably continues, consultation with a pediatric gastroenterologist should be arranged.
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