What to do if a child cannot go to the toilet “big” for several days, but for some reason it is impossible to show him to the doctor or the parents are sure that this is a temporary disorder of the stool? When contacting the pharmacy, they will be offered glycerin candles for children. Is this the most effective and safe medicine?
Candle is - no constipation? What is the secret of the effectiveness of glycerin candles?
The most popular remedy for constipation in children, judging by the opinions of parents and pediatricians, are glycerin suppositories. It is a laxative with a delicate effect. The drug can be freely purchased at any pharmacy. It is sold without a prescription and is distinguished by an affordable price (up to 100 rubles).
The purpose of glycerin suppositories is to provoke and facilitate the process of excrement in children from 3 months of age. But such a drug on the advice of doctors used to eliminate constipation in newborns.
Regardless of which country is the manufacturer of glycerin suppositories, they have only one active component - glycerol. Once in the rectum, it produces the following effect:
- softens and lubricates solid feces at the same time;
- irritates the intestinal mucosa, stimulating the act of defecation;
- facilitates the passage of feces through the colon;
- increases peristalsis (contractile) bowel movements.
Despite such a wide range of tasks, this substance does not penetrate into the blood and does not interfere with the work of other organs.
What children are not suitable for rapid measures with the use of glycerin candles?
If the child has not been drinking for several days and the parents see that he feels bad: he cries, complains of pain in the abdomen, tries to go “big” several times, but cannot do this, then you can try to use glycerin candles for children. This is a more harmless way than taking oral laxatives. But it is suitable only for those children who have no contraindications.
Candles are forbidden to use if the child has aggravated hemorrhoids or inflammation is detected in the rectal area. Not all children, due to the individual characteristics of their body, will help such a tool. Some show insensitivity to medication components. Not the best option is hypersensitivity to glycerol. Then the use of candles can lead to a rash and burning sensation at the injection site of the candle.
If parents overdo it with the use of suppositories, then the baby may develop diarrhea. When used excessively, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth and arrhythmia are also noted.
How to use glycerin candles: a few tips for parents
Candles should be stored in the refrigerator. 20 minutes before you insert the suppository, it should be laid out on a clean surface. Some experts recommend pre-lubricating the candle with oil so that it can be easily and deeply inserted into the anus. Others consider such measures unnecessary, because it is quite convenient to introduce candles.
The medicine is used in this way: a child is placed on its side (an oilcloth and a diaper are previously laid under his butt), then a candle (or a piece of it) is inserted into the anus with clean hands, trying to advance to a sufficient depth.
Attention should be paid to the 2 characteristic mistakes that parents make when inserting glycerin candles for children. Reviews may contain the following entry: "The candle did not help, it just jumped out." The point here is not the low effectiveness of the drug, but the incorrectness of its use. First: the candle must be inserted deep enough. Second: after the candle is inside the rectum, the mother should bring the baby's buttocks together and hold them for at least 5 minutes.
Up to 80% of reviews about this tool are positive: candles do not cause discomfort and pain in a child, they are suitable even for newborns and most importantly - they work!
Even if the candle met the expectations of the parents and the baby managed to poop safely, this does not mean that the problem has been completely resolved. If constipation has become commonplace for the child, then it is urgent to find out its cause. When used frequently, candles lose their effectiveness. If you do not establish proper nutrition and regimen of the child, you will have to resort to more and more strong and unsafe drugs.