Friday, March 8, 2013
TIP of the WEEK: All About Bowel Movements: What's the Poop?
The truth is, if you have or work with a child with PWS you need to push past the yuck factor. You will see and become personally acquainted with bodily functions in a way that you never thought you would. You may not want to. You may be uncomfortable or squeamish but you need to pay attention to bowel movements. Close attention. The frequency, lack of, and consistency of bowel movements can tell you a lot about the overall health of your child. At Latham we use the Bristol stool chart to monitor the children's bowel movements (above). Lack of bowel movements or loose stools can indicate a problem of the GI tract and these problems can be quite serious in the child with PWS. Many doctors will not take it seriously if you report a recent change in bowel movements which is why it is essential for your child to have a doctor who is knowledgeable about the syndrome.
Gastroparesis is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents, but there is no blockage and this condition can have serious complications. Symptoms include a change in bowel movements, abdominal distention and foul smelling gas. Watching and being familiar with your child's bowel movements will give you an early indication of a potential or building problem in their GI tract. If you are looking at the Bristol chart, which picture do you think is the ideal?