By Dr. Hodges
I have been flooded with emails from concerned parents since the publication of It’s No Accident, especially in response to the recent articles on Slate.com and Babble.com. Most of the emails have been from parents asking how to figure out if their child is constipated and what they should do about it. Many parents have asked whether I can recommendation a physician in their area.
Unfortunately, I’ve heard from some of these parents that while they love their pediatrician, they have been disappointed in their doctor’s lack of interest or willingness to listen to the concepts presented in the book.
Here’s a typical example:
A mom emailed me about her 4-year-old daughter, Jane, who had been having accidents during the day and wetting the bed at night after potty training easily at age 2.
Jane’s mom reported that Jane had an excellent diet, eating plenty of fiber (fruits and vegetables) and little in the way of processed foods. Constipation did not appear to be an issue, but after reading my book, Jane’s mom raised the concept with their pediatrician.
Her pediatrician assured her that her daughter was not constipated, but this persistent mother was able to persuade the doctor to go and order the X-ray, just in case.
After looking at the X-ray, the pediatrician commented that while there was more stool than he expected, it definitely wasn’t causing the child’s wetting. I had the mom send me the X-ray, and I can tell you this: Every bit of space in that child’s pelvis is crammed full of poop!
Where exactly did her pediatrician think the child’s bladder wear going to fit in that pelvis? How could anyone think that that mass of stool would not affect the bladder?
Nobody had a clue this child was constipated. Fortunately, we can now get this girl cleaned out, and I feel certain her wetting problems will stop.
Help us get the word out to pediatricians and urologists! We are compiling a referral list of pediatricians, family doctors and urologists who are on board with the notions in our book and are experienced at treating bedwetting and accidents in the ways recommended in the book.
If you have a good experience with a doctor, please let us know so we can contact him or her for possible inclusion in our registry. Help us build the list and inform the world!