Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
April 10, 2001
Question from Stow, Ohio, USA:
My five year old son was diagnosed less than two months ago with type 1 diabetes. He has always had a difficult time having a bowel movement, and now, since we have to control the amount of carbs he eats, it has become worse. Normally the only way for him to have a bowel movement is with the help of an enema. Any suggestions?
Chronic constipation in a five year old can have various causes. Although they are not serious in the vast majority of cases, there are causes that need the attention of a professional. Your son’s pediatrician should be able to help you determine the cause of his constipation along with a reasonable solution that will not interfere with his diabetes. Doing frequent enemas is not a good idea for a long-term solution.