Post Edited (chroniemomx2) : 9/15/2007 12:06:14 PM (GMT-6)
Hi, I understand your concern, I also have two daughters 11 and 7 years old. Our pediatrician here in Athens always told me that a child could have a bm everyday and still be constipated, if their stool is hard and their bottom hurt afterwards. My youngest daughter complained from time to time that her stomach aches, but as soon as she has a bm the pain is gone. My oldest daughter was admitted twice to the hospital when she was younger, because we thought it was her appendix, but turned out to be bad constipation. The doctor knows I have Crohns, so he always keeps it in mind when he sees my children, but for now he told me that all these symptoms are not Crohns related, and we should be a little more careful about their diet. They have both improved so much, just by drinking more water during the day, and eating a lot more raw vegetables and fruit. The good thing is that although their are still young, they are very well educated as to what is healthy to eat and what is not, for example they know that they are only allowed to eat potato chips and drink soda if they are going to a party. I think that because they have seen me suffer from time to time with stomach problems, they understand how important a healthy diet is. Everyday at school they take with them a home-made sandwich instead of buying chips or chocolate from school. I know that as they grow older, they will start asking for more "junk" food, but I will deal with that when the time comes!
My advise would be that you should check on their diet, which I'm sure you are already doing, and always keep an eye on them due to your condition. I know that just the thought of our children having CD is frustrating, but there is nothing else we can do....