I understand this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea to read, but when you become a parent things that never crossed your mind sometimes end up being your day to day worries with your child – cue my life right now!
I’ve not really mentioned this openly over on my social media accounts, but the past few weeks have been very, very difficult at our home. After Grace had a 24 hour gastro bug which was horrific in itself, she’s not been the same since.
Unfortunately when a child who already has a sensitive gut like Grace gets Gastro, it completely upsets their system and we are still feeling it weeks afterwards. I feel like we’ve gone completely backwards with treating her chronic constipation, every couple of days she’s becoming blocked and it’s affecting everything, including her sleep (which we didn’t think could get any worst!) and eating.
As I mentioned in previous posts, Grace is on supplementation twice a day as well as a small amounts of laxatives for this. Everyday I monitor her bowel movements to try and see if I need to give her more or less. At the moment I’m trying to get her supplementation and laxative amount just right, which is becoming a near impossible task.
The older she gets, the more I’m starting to notice the psychological aspect of all this, and the vicious cycle it’s all becoming. She gets a flare up of constipation which obviously makes her uncomfortable and sore from straining and basically holds it in for the fear of being in more pain, which of course only makes matters worse.
When we first started our journey to sort out her issues it was really obvious that food intolerances were the root cause. However nearly two years down the line I’m starting to question everything as I don’t understand why she is still suffering with it, especially as we’re so careful with her diet.
We’re seeing her Integrative Paediatrician next month, which really can’t come soon enough. Initially when we first started seeing our current doctor she said we could test her gut flora. We decided to wait and see if we saw improvements, which we did, but even before the gastro hit we had started to plateau – I now think this will be an essential thing for her to get tested.
All we can do now is hope and pray that her gut starts to settle down with the help of the prebiotic food I give her and the supplementation….. and roll on May!
I’m really interested in connecting with other parents whose child/children suffer from chronic constipation and the reasons why. So if that’s you please send me a private message or comment below so we can connect.