Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Tough Stuff

Poor Miss O. I'm not even joking.

Ever since her peri-anal strep incident a few weeks ago, which made her rear totally tender and sore, going #2 has not been the same. In fact, I think it was more painful and bothersome that we knew because she's developed a raging case of constipation or something like that. I mean, she goes probably once a day or every other day, but still.

Here's what happens. For example, last night she needed to go. So, she grunted and groaned and...did nothing. So she gave up. Then, this morning, I caught her with "the look" in Misses A& E's room and I asked her if she wanted me to stay with her or give her some space (she chose the latter, and I don't blame her. I think we all prefer to "take care of business" by ourselves). So, probably fifteen minutes later, she came downstairs with this horrific stink and hard mass in her diaper. It hurts, she tells me. I totally believe her, especially when we investigate what she's expelled. Holy cow. That'd hurt me.

I think some of it is self induced, which furthers the unfortunate cycle. I'm also partly to blame because I haven't been keeping as good an eye on her diet as I need to, but I've been changing that lo these past few days. I was so proud of her for going today and rewarded her with M&M's (which Super J suggested we use to bribe her to going...it worked today), but this is something that is starting to become more regular and I'd really like to stop it before it becomes more of a problem.

I've looked it up and know what I need to do: more fiber, more fluids, more exercise. But I'm wondering if anyone has any other ideas for an incredibly picky eater (meaning, she won't touch vegetables or fruit, though sometimes she'll drink a smoothie or eat a yogurt, and she prefers to stick with things like Eggo waffles --though I'm going to get her the wheat kind and see if she'll eat them--, Mickey Mouse shaped chicken nuggets from Costco--they're supposed to have whole grain in them! Alas!!!--and whatever I can get her to eat in the evening)??? Any suggestions, Gentle Reader?

7 comments:

Becky said...

Maybe you could give her FiberSure? I don't know if it's recommended for kids. You could just mix it into koolaid or milk or water, she won't even know she's drinking it. Good luck, poor girl!

Adrienne said...

Ohhhhh poor thing. :( You're such a good mom, I'm sure you've thought of everything you could give her to help. Get better soon, our favorite O.

Bethany said...

I had similar problems with A.J. when he was about that age. He, also would not eat (or touch with a ten-foot pole!) fruits or vegetables. We did smoothies for a while, and added some Benefiber. He loves Oatmeal Squares, and we still do wheat bread for french toast and some whole wheat flour in banana or zucchini muffins. If you want some recipes, I can send them to you! Beware of most of the commercial foods with "whole grains!" on the label, it often doesn't add up to much, and preservatives can often exacerbate the problem. Oh, and he liked fig newtons (but NOT the whole wheat ones, they're terrible.) Good luck. Call of email me if you need more help. I have totally been there. For many years.

Allison said...

Annie can empathize with Olivia and I can empathize with you! Our pediatrician advised me to give Annie Miralax. Is it working? Well, yes, but now we seem to be going to the other extreme!

Speaks Family said...

Ceral is the best way to get fiber. Did you know that Fruity Pebbles has 3 grams of fiber per cup? Not bad for a sugar ceral. Most of them have less than one gram. Anyway, go cereal!

Madelyn said...

oatmeal? (made with minimal water is how E loves it) whole wheat toast with honey or jam? (crusts off for maximum edibility) whole wheat grilled cheese sandwich? will she eat raisins or grapes?

Katie said...

Not that I have any experience with it, but you might want to check out: Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. It has some pretty good reviews at bn.com.