What's the best way to treat constipation in a 4 year old?

Tammi - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old daughter has a problem with constipation. She was doing really good with potty training and then her dad and I noticed her crossing her legs. We think what happened is she had a painful bowel movement and it scared her. She still goes pee in the potty really good and tries to go poop sometimes, but nothing really comes out. We have giving her Miralax, like her Doctor recommended, but it seems to give her diarhea. I was wondering if anyone knows of anything better for a 4 year old to take for constipation.

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Jenn - posted on 01/01/2010

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Miralax has helped us, too, but we've been off it for a few months and may need to try it again (we didn't use all of it last time). If you aren't real crazy about meds as a solution, you might consider using prune juice. The baby food companies generally offer a prune-apple combination in small 4-pk bottles (4 or 6oz each, I think).

Try giving your DD 2oz of the prune-apple juice mixed with 2oz water (colder seems better), maybe even over ice. If you do this earlier in the day (say, near breakfast, or mid-morning like a snack), you'll have more time to monitor how well and soon it works. The prune-apple blend seems to work flavor-wise for kids (or grown ups that don't like prune juice straight up!). Hmm, come to think of it, I may have us go back to that juice method. I seem to remember it being cheaper than the meds are now, anyway...

Jeannie - posted on 12/03/2009

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We had a very similar situation, and the doctor recommended using Miralax consistently for a couple of months until everything was "normal" again. Part of this was to get my daughter over the hump of being scared to go when things were a little harder to push. She took 2 tsp once a day for a month, then we gradually reduced the amount in the second month (like 1/2 tsp less each week). It seems to have done the trick.

The doctor also told us to make sure she drank water every day and I always make sure she gets her daily fruits and veggies.

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Tammi - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have been giving her 1/2 a dose at breakfast and 1/2 a dose,of Miralax, at dinner time. She was on the toilet for almost 1/2 an hour with diarhea, which I guess is good because it got her all cleaned out. She had a normal bowel movement today, so I'm gonna switch to 1/2 a dose at breakfast and hope she keeps having normal bowel movements. Thanks for all the help!!!

Nicole - posted on 11/17/2009

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you have to play around with the dosage of Miralax... start with the full dosage til they are going .. then cut down. my daughter was getting about 1/4 of the "full" dosage and was doing fine..

Kim - posted on 11/17/2009

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With my son the doctor tolds us to feed him bran cereal in the morning and give him some form of beans at dinner. That helped him. We never use meds so I don't know if it will help you or not.

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