Rami Arrouk, MD, a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital, addresses some common digestive health-related issues for children.
Q: My child has a lot of “poo accidents.” Should I be worried?
Q: My daughter strains for 10-20 minutes, screams, cries and turns red or purple in the face with each effort to defecate, and her bowel movements are soft and occur 2-3 times daily. Is she constipated?
A: You may want to ask your pediatrician if she has infant dyschezia, which occurs in some otherwise healthy infants under 9 months of age, as they learn to coordinate these muscles when using the bathroom. This usually resolves in 3-4 weeks. No treatment is necessary as long as her bowel movements remain soft with no blood.
Q: My 2-year-old son has been having watery diarrhea, 6-7 times a day, for the last 6 months. His stool tested normal and he’s growing well. Why is he having this diarrhea?
A: You may want to ask your pediatrician if he thinks your son has functional diarrhea (previously called toddler’s diarrhea). It’s a common condition that occurs in about 7 percent of children ages 1-3 years old.
Rami Arrouk, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist with Mission Children’s Hospital.