When we took Gwendolyn in for her four month check up at the pediatric office when had been constipated for about 3 days. The doctor wouldn’t call it constipation because the poop was not coming out solid. The problem was that it wasn’t coming out at all, which is what I thought constipation was. We wanted to give her something for it but we were told it wasn’t constipation and just to wait. After another day of nothing and seeing that our daughter was clearly in a lot of pain and trying to poop we gave a fraction of a dose of a constipation remedy with some water. within hours she had pooped. It was very thick and some of it was solid. I am so glad we did something about it. She had another couple of days without pooping and we tried it again. Just a small fraction of a dose with some water and again it did the trick. We have been keeping an eye on it and she has not gone more than 24 hours without a bowel movement since.
I just wish doctors were more decisive about taking action. They always want to wait and see. What is that about? Sara’s OB did the same thing when she had high blood pressure and it turned out she had to have an unscheduled C-section. Doctors are great at setting appointments, but never seem to offer practical advice when you come to them with a question. They are supposed to be the knowledgeable ones and yet there is something holding them back from doing what I think is the most basic part of their job. I know there is a reason behind it and I can only speculate, but I would really like to know what it is about the process that makes it so difficult to get real answers from a doctor.