Q.3 Do you have any other ways of making your constipation better?

Respondent No.Responses
2a) Hot water bottle on abdomen. b) Essential oil on “belly” – cover in cling film and apply heat.
4a) Hot water bottle on tummy, b) Homeopathic medication (treatment sympofigs).
5Hot water bottle on your tummy.
6Don't know.
7Go to nurse and ask.
8Using medicine and moist tissues and try to poo regularly.
9Rubbing your tummy.
10Hope for it to go away.
11a) Sometimes having a bath helps. b) Drinking more water.
12a) Soft fruit e.g. pear, melon, kiwi help b) Avoiding lots of rice and oats c) Probiotic drink – may be placebo! d) When he was a baby – his condition improved when he started crawling and walking.
13Not sure!
14We will try everything we can in every way to help Liam with his pooing problem
15a) Visit your doctor, b) Drink plenty (apple juice and pineapple juice worked well), c) Being active as much as possible.
16A reward system (a sticker chart).
17Making a child feel confident enough and not ashamed or embarrassed to tell anyone if they need the toilet immediately or if they have had an accident.
18Not answered.
21a) Observe diet. b) Plenty of fluids.
25Drinking lots of orange juice.
26Run for it .
28Not really.
29Have a bleeper going off every 5 hours to tell me to try and do a poo.
30Going on the trampoline.
31Maybe a change of diet.
32Drinking more fluids and eating more fruit and veg.
33Spending time sitting on the toilet with a game or book.
34Spends 5 minutes a day looking at the internet researching the problem.
35Keep to a healthy diet and exercise, try not to stress or get uptight about what is happening .
36Going to hospital and eating enough healthy food.

From: Appendix F, Involving children in guideline development

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Constipation in Children and Young People: Diagnosis and Management of Idiopathic Childhood Constipation in Primary and Secondary Care.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 99.
National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health (UK).
London: RCOG Press; 2010.
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