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#1 Juliansmomma

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Posted 13 October 2015 - 01:34 PM

KINDA TMI - and gross subject matter.... :crazy:

 

Julian has ALWAYS held his stools since he was little - as he got older we realized that at times he would not use the bathroom for days.  (had to feel AWFUL).  We also noticed that his stools were incredibly LARGE.  His stools are like 3 times larger than any adult stool I have seen (Im a nurse so I have seen ALOT).  He never says it hurts him but we always make sure he gets plenty of fiber in his diet, fruits and even Miralax every day.  None of these things change how large the stool is or even really how much he will go.  He still goes about the same - about every other day or every couple of days.  I was told by an autism specialist in our area that this was pretty much the NORM for alot of asperger/autism kiddos.  Is this REALLY true??  If so what do you do to help??? 



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Posted 13 October 2015 - 02:20 PM

Our son does this too and he does the most gigantic poos that block the loo up.

 

He 'goes' about once or twice a week at the most.

 

I don't know if it's something to do with a germ phobia as he is very fussy and will not pick food up from the floor if he drops it or if he's made to he will pull his sleeve down over his hand and do it! Also other mum's are really impressed with my son as you NEVER have to tell him to wash his hands before he eats.

 

In fact that's another problem he used to have was constant hand washing until his hands and arms were red raw.

 

It could also be that he likes the 'feeling' of holding it in.

 

I think for us it was a combination of both.

 

As for an ASD thing I'd imagine it possibly is.

 

As for trying to stop LE is getting better as he gets older. He is 12 now.



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Posted 14 October 2015 - 11:51 AM

Oh wow!  I sure do hope that as Julian gets older things change!  Julian also clogs the toilet up!  Has anyone told you this was common?  And give you any advice?  We are just doing miralax but it doesnt seem to help much.  He usually only goes 2-3 times a week even with THAT. 



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Posted 15 October 2015 - 07:51 AM

I remember on a few of the forms I've completed over the years from Psychologists asking about Bowel or OCD problems so I think it is quite common.

 

I don't think it's a bowel condition as such and more to do with his OCD tendencies.

 

The only thing that has ever worked for us is talking to LE about why he does it and why he shouldn't. That he could cause injury to himself and that it's not good toileting habits for his age. As LE hates to be different from anyone else this helps a great deal.

 

On another gross topic lol he picks his nose a lot too and we are desperate to try to stop this as he has nose bleeds because of it. Again, he's just got into the habit of doing it and can't stop. We think we may be getting somewhere with this too. Again it's been a matter of waiting until he has matured enough to care to try to stop him.

 

He gets collected by taxi every morning so we have come down quite hard with him (long conversation with dh usually help lol) over the nose picking as the driver would refuse to take him if he had a nose bleed in the taxi. One day last week we just managed to stop it bleeding just before the driver turned up!

 

The holding it in is not diet related with LE as he has no issues with food so I think it's more a psychological problem. I know he will not pass a bowel movement in school so I think he's got used to the sensation of 'holding it in' so this has added to the problem. Once he starts doing something he finds it very hard to stop.

 

He's also very sensitive about his toileting issues and has been even since a toddler! When I was potty training  him he refused to do a No2 unless the potty was hidden behind the curtain!



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Posted 15 October 2015 - 05:12 PM

We have this issue too.  J has always held his poo in.  For him it is a control thing and he cant be bothered to go as it takes 'time'.  The length of time anything takes is an problem for him.  Anyway going to the toilet isn't on his 'important' list and so if he can manage to not go he will.

 

When he does go they are enormous and nearly always blocks our toilet which he finds very funny.

 

He is better now he is older - I used to be always picking up poo off the floor where some had eeked out , been squashed like a coin between his cheeks and then rolled down his trouser leg.


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Posted 17 October 2015 - 01:43 PM

Hi,

I recommend the book, The Ins and Outs of POOP: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation
Thomas R DuHamel PhD.

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Posted 17 October 2015 - 06:13 PM

Maverick, sounds exactly like LE lol.



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Posted 20 October 2015 - 07:11 PM

So not funny when I think it's a raisin on floor and pick it up with my bare hands rofl !

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 08:06 AM

Maverick, that reminds me of LE lol. Forever picking tiny little 'raisins' up from his bedroom floor! At first I thought we had a flaming mouse lol.

 

He seems to have got out of the habit of doing that now thank goodness!


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 04:01 PM

A mouse lol lol ..we are also out of the habit at mo...but shhhhh... I don't want to tempt fate.


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 04:54 PM

I don't know if this is any help as J was quite young when we had this problem, he had been constipated and then started to hold on because he was afraid that it would be sore so to encourage him into the bathroom I introduced bathroom toys such figures he could play with on the toilet, for us that worked, in fact it was sometimes difficult to get him off the toilet into the bath, obviously we had to Milton the toys quite often just to be on the safe side but we have not had a problem for years.




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