Negative movement

I need some help, people.

I am racking my brains and trying to feed Tad things that will, shall we say, loosen him up.

Codeine is very constipating, and he hasn’t had a bowel movement since Thursday morning. Yikes.

On the advice of my RN grandmother, who came over with my step-grandfather last night to take a good look at Tad, since he’s not in as much pain as he was and the swelling has gone down, we’re going to cut the Tylenol with codeine to before bedtime only. We’ll give him ibuprofen and regular Tylenol during the day.

But in the meantime, I baked oatmeal raisin cookies last night, Tad is eating applesauce every morning (it might stop up other kids, but not mine – the pectin in the apples makes them GO), and he is drinking lots of apple juice and milk. I’ve tried caffeine in the form of creamered-down coffee and Coke, but he doesn’t really like carbonated drinks (I’ve also tried flat Coke), and the coffee didn’t work.

The other problem is that he just started really eating enough to produce anything – he ate nothing from the time he broke his leg until he came out of surgery and anesthesia 16 hours later, and then it took a long time for his appetite to revive.

We just need to unplug him, and if he doesn’t go soon, I think we might be in enema territory. Yuck.

So, what do YOU eat to get things moving? Or what do you feed your kids? Any help is appreciated. And come over for cookies if you can.

5 Responses to “Negative movement”

  1. Dale
    July 30th, 2008 06:36

    Little Mo’s Dad here. Carlson’s Fish Oil, lemon flavor. DO NOT get any other ‘flavor’, especially strawberry. Some kids go for it others are not so keen. We use a syringe and used to encourage the kids but now we just hand it to them and they take it. Try 3mm in the morning and 3mm at night. It will get things moving. It has worked better than anything prescribed by the doctors (docusate and miralax). We’ve had our share of days w/o movement and the fish oil works pretty well. Super Sups carries it but you can get it at other places too.

  2. Ressis
    July 30th, 2008 06:43

    Unfortunately, I am an expert at unplugging a child. If juice is what he likes, give him some diluted prune juice. Keep his fluid intake high. Stay away from giving him lots of dry snacks, except for those that are higher in fiber and give him some water or juice along with it. Raisins and prunes also make good snacks.

    By the way, Little Cousin, my continually “firm” kid, pooped on the potty last night!

  3. Cousin Shelley
    July 30th, 2008 08:33

    A couple of times I gave Derek a product called “Little Tummys”. It was chocolate flavored so he loved it! 🙂 Good luck!

  4. Aunt Lynda
    July 30th, 2008 14:51

    I could help you with old people, but I’ve forgotten what to use for kids.
    ~Aunt Lynda

  5. Matthew
    August 2nd, 2008 15:44

    good old fashioned prune juice mixed with apple juice. It works well for us.