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My 5 year old son has had hemorrhoids for the past 2-3 years. They haven't been getting worse or better... they are just constantly there. I took him to a dr. about a year ago and she treated me like an idiot. They are inside so only come out when he has a bowel movement. I told her this, but she told me little kids can't get hemorrhoids and sent me home. My brother in law is an ER doctor and I've told him about them and he doesn't seem concerned. But, although his bowel movements are regular he hesitates to go because it hurts. They don't always bleed, but once in a while they do. I tried some essential oils and some herbal cream. Both soothe it but nothing has helped them to go away. What would you do?

 

Shalynn

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Your sons dr is crazy! My bf was born with hemorrhoids and has had issues, including surgery twice, over the course of her life. You need a doctor that will take your child's health seriously. You have to advocate for him.

 

My now 18mo old had a serious reaction to whole milk at 12mos & became seriously impacted with anal fissures, etc. We put her on Lactulose for about 3 months and everything is FINE now. We had to cut out dairy completely.

 

Please advocte for your child. Dont stop until someone helps him! Poor baby! :(

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My 5 year old son has had hemorrhoids for the past 2-3 years. They haven't been getting worse or better... they are just constantly there. I took him to a dr. about a year ago and she treated me like an idiot. They are inside so only come out when he has a bowel movement. I told her this, but she told me little kids can't get hemorrhoids and sent me home. My brother in law is an ER doctor and I've told him about them and he doesn't seem concerned. But, although his bowel movements are regular he hesitates to go because it hurts. They don't always bleed, but once in a while they do. I tried some essential oils and some herbal cream. Both soothe it but nothing has helped them to go away. What would you do?

 

Shalynn

 

Because it is unlikely for such a young person to get hemorrhoids, all the MORE reason to treat this seriously. I think you need to take him to a specialist.

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Your sons dr is crazy! My bf was born with hemorrhoids and has had issues, including surgery twice, over the course of her life. You need a doctor that will take your child's health seriously. You have to advocate for him.

 

My now 18mo old had a serious reaction to whole milk at 12mos & became seriously impacted with anal fissures, etc. We put her on Lactulose for about 3 months and everything is FINE now. We had to cut out dairy completely.

 

Please advocte for your child. Dont stop until someone helps him! Poor baby! :(

 

My oldest son also had internal hemorrhoids at about 5. I took him in, and they did a ton of tests, and I had to take a ton of stool samples, none of which ever showed anything. My dh is lactose intolerant, and finally I just decided to see if avoiding dairy would help my son. It really, really did, and eventually the hemorrhoids went away completely. He is now 13, and he can have dairy without any problems, although he usually drinks soy milk on his cereal. I would definitely consider avoiding milk for awhile and seeing if improvement comes.

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One thing I did for myself after my first baby and during my last pregnancy was to always, and I mean always, wipe myself with tissue that I wet with Witch Hazel. It has done wonders for me. After my baby was born, at home, I had a very small hemorrhoid that was clear in 2 days. Again, I continue to wipe using the same old witch hazel after each bowel movement. Give it a try to see if that will help to relief him some.

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Wowza. Yes, consult with a different doc.

I'd try to add more fruit in, maybe some fiber? My kids will actually eat Raisin Bran so it helped my ds who had some constipation.

Dairy. I agree, dairy seems to be culprit for a lot of the GI issues. My one ds has a dairy issue. My other ds is a carb kid. He could live on toast and pasta. The latter has the constipation issues.

For topical applications there is witch hazel after each BM and also Anusol and Prep H topical. It would def provide some relief. There is also suppos that would help with shrinking but not for a 5yo.

 

Have you ever heard of this mixture? Maybe he would take a tablespoon or 2 of it in the morning along with reg applesauce? Trust me, it works...

"1 cup applesauce 1 cup coarse, unprocessed bran 3/4 cup prune juice Mix all the ingredients together. They will turn into a pasty, stiff glop about the consistency of peanut butter. After mixing, it should be kept refrigerated. Take one or two tablespoons daily and wash it down with a full eight ounces of water."

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Thanks for the replies. We moved here just over two years ago, so I don't have a family dr. that we see. The dr. was just at the instacare. So I need to find us a pediatrician that I trust.

He doesn't really have problems with constipation. He did when he was younger. Not sure why they aren't going away.

Thanks again for all the responses.

 

Shalynn

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You know, another thing that just came to mind was a strep infection. My 4th son had blood on his stool for awhile, and complained of his bottom hurting. I assumed it was a hemorrhoid and tried to increase fiber, etc, with no results. We were in a really crappy military healthcare system at that point, and I didn't think that the doctors (who were not actually military, but were civilians--the ones who couldn't get hired anywhere else, I always thought) would be able to figure anything out. But eventually I took him in, and they weren't hemorrhoids at all! They were fissues that had been infected by strep. They would never have gotten better on their own! He took some antibiotics, and we might have had some antibiotic suppositories--it was a couple of years ago, so everything is fuzzy, LOL--but they cleared up. He hasn't had any more problems. So that might be something to consider.

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My 5 year old son has had hemorrhoids for the past 2-3 years. They haven't been getting worse or better... they are just constantly there. I took him to a dr. about a year ago and she treated me like an idiot. They are inside so only come out when he has a bowel movement. I told her this, but she told me little kids can't get hemorrhoids and sent me home. My brother in law is an ER doctor and I've told him about them and he doesn't seem concerned. But, although his bowel movements are regular he hesitates to go because it hurts. They don't always bleed, but once in a while they do. I tried some essential oils and some herbal cream. Both soothe it but nothing has helped them to go away. What would you do?

 

Shalynn

 

She is full of crap, pun intended. Little kids can not only get hemorrhoids, they can also develop painful anal fissures. Then you really have a Catch-22, because what the child most needs to do (pass a BM) is painful for him. Also, it's difficult for these to heal, because every time they are "fusing" back together, the action of the BM opens them up again.

 

I would be concerned about the actual hemorrhoids, if only because they interfere with what needs to happen -- BMs. What you DO want to pay attention to is whether or not your son is able to pass a BM, how often (should be every day), and the consistency (hard, soft, runny). You want daily, soft BMs.

 

We actually had to deal with this with one of my twins, who got an anal fissure when we transitioned her from milk to solids (a few years ago). She had a painful fissure that was nearly impossible to heal -- it would heal a bit, then reopen at the next BM. The main thing was to keep her VERY well-hydrated (think "soaked") ;) and to keep the BMs very loose (think "prune juice"). We used suppositories for babies. :tongue_smilie: Gross, but it worked. We also, on the advice of our pediatrician, used regular (adult) Preparation-H (just a dab) on the "spot" at every diaper change and after every bath. Once her fissure was closed, we continued to put Vitamin E oil on it for several months, after every bath. She healed nicely and today only has a tiny scar.

 

I still have to "work it," though, KWIM? This kid can NOT have a rabbit terd BM. :lol: Lots of apple sauce, water, blueberries, broccoli, other veggies, whole grains, and anything else that pushes it through. Less cheese, fewer bananas, and never, never let the child dehydrate.

 

Here's what I would do: Give him a nice, warm soaking bath at night, right before bedtime. Put some Prep-H a little way up in there, some on the outside, put him in some whitie-tighties and a pair of PJs, and put him to bed. Overnight, the cream will reduce the swelling, which is the real problem with having a BM -- the inflammation hurts. In the morning, make sure he drinks a large glass of water or watered-down juice, give him a hearty breakfast to trigger peristalsis, and encourage him to go when he feels the need to go (holding onto it just makes it harder, because the body takes the water back out). HTH.

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Wowza. Yes, consult with a different doc.

I'd try to add more fruit in, maybe some fiber? My kids will actually eat Raisin Bran so it helped my ds who had some constipation.

Dairy. I agree, dairy seems to be culprit for a lot of the GI issues. My one ds has a dairy issue. My other ds is a carb kid. He could live on toast and pasta. The latter has the constipation issues.

For topical applications there is witch hazel after each BM and also Anusol and Prep H topical. It would def provide some relief. There is also suppos that would help with shrinking but not for a 5yo.

 

Have you ever heard of this mixture? Maybe he would take a tablespoon or 2 of it in the morning along with reg applesauce? Trust me, it works...

"1 cup applesauce 1 cup coarse, unprocessed bran 3/4 cup prune juice Mix all the ingredients together. They will turn into a pasty, stiff glop about the consistency of peanut butter. After mixing, it should be kept refrigerated. Take one or two tablespoons daily and wash it down with a full eight ounces of water."

 

 

Actually, there are suppositories for babies and small children. We used these with my daughter, and they helped her to have BMs that were not as painful.

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Thanks for the replies. We moved here just over two years ago, so I don't have a family dr. that we see. The dr. was just at the instacare. So I need to find us a pediatrician that I trust.

He doesn't really have problems with constipation. He did when he was younger. Not sure why they aren't going away.

Thanks again for all the responses.

 

Shalynn

 

I would check that his stools are soft, formed and easy to pass without any straining IMO just to be sure. If they are on the hard side and difficult to pass it could be constipation. I would try to find a pediatrician soon.:grouphug:

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I would also advise you to ensure your child has enough fat and liquids in his diet. A very low-fat diet, or a diet that's high in fiber but low in water, leads to bad ends. I have also found blueberries and sweet potatoes to be effective, in addition to prunes and other dried fruits.

 

This picture book might also help: It Hurts When I Poop.

 

You definitely need a more helpful doctor.

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