I already emailed Mark, but I'm hoping someone has some experience here.
My four year old son has been chronically constipated since birth. Even during the first eight months of being exclusively breastfed. He's had more supposatories and enemas than I can even count. He's been hospitalized for bowel impactions. He was on four tablespoons of lactulose a day with no help. We tried high fiber as per the pediatrician with no help. He's now on PEG 3350 (healthy sounding name for a laxative!) and dairy free. We've been trialing this for a couple of days and all was good for the first couple of days....now he's moving towards being constipated again.
He seems to be pulled towards carbs. He is probably the most adventurous eater I know! He'll try pretty much everyone. He LOVES sardines, loves kipper fillets, loves spaghetti with homemade venison sauce, loves any kind of fruit, loves any kind of raw veggies. When it comes to meat he really struggles with the chewing. He'll pop a piece of meat in his mouth, chew for five minutes, then spit out this piece of white mush. Doesn't matter what kind of meat. Even really soft fish, he'll chew chew chew chew chew and then spit it out.
I hate having him on the laxative. I hate that no doctors will listen. He's been diagnosed with "functional constipation" aka lazy bowel. The doctors suggest that he was born with a bowel that doesn't function properly so just to keep feeding him high fiber foods. We don't do high fiber because it never worked before and he gets enough fiber from his fruits and veggies anyways!
Sorry that was long. So we are all told that complex carbs are important for the developments of childrens brains....but how true is that really?? I would love to switch my whole family to a primal lifestyle.