Hi EMom :)
Thanks for the compliment!!!! Yup, I'm a pooh expert mainly because it's been 16 going on 17 yrs of it, LOL!
I use Prodiem stool bulker (not to get confused with prodiem laxative, which is a small round dark brown pill), the Prodiem stool bulker is similar to metamucil, my GI recommended I use it daily for the rest of my life, it's been just over 4 yrs now and has given me alot of relief with many symptoms;
no more gas (very little anyways compared to before), stopped all my bloating, mucus and cut way back on my frequency so instead of going many times a day usually with small deposits, I go less times with larger deposits.
It's important to start with a small amount since initially for many (even healthy people) it can actually cause gas and bloat, but this is normal until your system adjusts to it then it goes away, that's why it's so important to stick with it because the end result is very much worth it (took my system 3 months), plenty of water must be taken with any fibre supplement and only increase if necessary and very slowly.
Yes, you can mention brand names here, thank goodness for that.
Do you have your son taking probiotics? I'm an avid believer in probiotics, they've done me wonders in combination with the fibre therapy...I use one called Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way, it's affordable, has guaranteed intestinal release and ony one/day is needed compared to many that require 4/day or more...it must be kept cold, that's the only downfall to this one but it's worth it.
Just to let you know, I became sick with crohns in my early 20's, my mom got sick with UC in her mid 60's AFTER I became sick, so there's just no telling where it'll creep up, but it is genetic.