constipation in a 16 month old

Lisa - posted on 08/25/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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oh my 16 month old lee gets so constipatated any tips?

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Amy - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son has had a lot of problems also. We give him prune juice in the morning and he also has prunes as a snack. I have been told that paw paw and pineapple are also really good - we used to make our son a sort of shake in the morning with paw paw, pineapple, mango and banana. Add a little bit of natural yoghurt as well. We'd blend it up and then add a little bit of farrex to it to thicken it up. This helped heaps. Also try a product called Klenz, it is made by Morlife and is great. You should be able to get it at health food shops. I have found now after trying everything that his poo is actually really soft he just sits down when he has the urge to have a poo and holds it in. I think it is more psychological for him now, because it did hurt once before. Hang in there sweet, it will get better :)

Brenda - posted on 09/07/2010

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My daughter suffered really bad constipation, got lactose from pharmacy but not overly keen on using these things, i've heard it can make bowels LAZY and will lead to long term problems. By chance between me and my sister in law we've discovered low fat milk! Only given cuz we ran out of full fat, while we were chatting one day she mentioned she gave it to her daughter and lets just say she had no difficulty in passing stools. I told her I had to use it one morning in my daughters cereal and it had the same effect. After days of constipation and agony in my daughters face, i wish i'd known this earlier!! Would only use this if necessary though, she always gets full fat milk except for that one occassion.

Beth - posted on 09/04/2010

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grape juice, apple juice also getting his stomach back on track by taking pro biotics will help.

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Lisa - posted on 09/13/2010

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I always make sure to give my little one a small glass of diluted prune juice everyday to avoid the constipation problems...hope this helps!!

Catherine - posted on 09/11/2010

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My friends LO has a desert with a prune for her supper and this helps with her constipation battles.

Good luck.

C.xx

Audrey - posted on 09/04/2010

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If your giving him milk that may be part of the problem. I highly recommend Probiotics, lots of water and getting him adjusted. To find a good chiropractor near you who is great with kids check out www.icpa4kids.org. I have to take my son pretty frequently, but it has helped him with his sensitive tummy ~ we used to be up for hours every night because he would get such bad belly aches. Also, as a side note, adjustments also help to alleviate the teething pain.

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son has only had this problem once and it was while he was sick. The doctor recommended apple juice (they said adult apple juice not diluted) for a day and if that didn't work then I could give him 1 1/2 tsp of Milk of Magnesia. I gave him the MofM at bedtime and the doc said he should go by the morning. If not I could try a sepositry and or bring him in. They have pediatric sepositories at your local pharmacy and they are maybe a couple bucks. The MofM worked for us. Hope this helps. If you ever are questioning anything, call your doc or your local pharmacist, they usually will have tricks that are a hell of a lot cheaper than going in for a doc visit.

FYI-this just happened a couple weeks ago so he is 16 months and about 22.5lbs.

Monika - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son used to have this problem. What helps him is lots of water, fruits and veggies. I try not to give him too much yogurts and cheese. I hope it gets better:-)

BRANDICE - posted on 09/03/2010

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Ihad to cut dairy products down and then give him pear juice. Works great.

Maria Angela - posted on 09/02/2010

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James has no issue with constipation..I don't let him have juice, it's only empty calories. I give him fresh fruit - a few different kinds a day, along with veggies in his various foods. He eats one whole banana mashed in his breakfast with another fruit, generally a berry...only drinks water..and thankfully, we have not had any issues...Try adding more raw fruit and let juice.

Samantha - posted on 09/02/2010

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brown sugar in warm water bottle, just a teaspoon in about 60 mls, works a treat, or try the fruit (soft) bars from woolies in baby section, if they dont work cut back the formula amount in each bottle :-)

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veggies, fruit, apple juice & prunes -- unless dr. recommends miralax-i know you can give that starting really young but gotta have dr. ok first - lots of fiber & roughage! try cod liver oil - i know sounds gross but i give my kids a dose of it every other day -- it's great for them - nobody eats enough fish or gets enough sunshine to begin with -all important things for a healthy digestive system!

Lisa - posted on 09/01/2010

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thank you so much for all your helpful idea's............... a quick update i had to change him back onto his formula again and give him lactulose he's not so bad now tg!!

Amanda - posted on 09/01/2010

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My kids dont have this problem, but if that activia yogurt works for adults i would assume it works for kids too. a friend of mine uses it with her kids. I dont care who you are... prunes taste gross. :)

Dawn - posted on 08/31/2010

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My daughter suffered with this as well, Pediatrician recommended Plum, Peaches, Pears, and Prunes. Now she is eating solid fruits, and I am using prune juice/Plum juice and she does not have any issues unless she eats too much cheese or bananas.

Kezzie - posted on 08/31/2010

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Try yogurt with probiotics (live bacteria cultures). I found I need to give it almost every day. My oldest had severe constipation so the Pediatrician prescribed mineral oil. Only give that with doctor supervision and after you've tried everything else. Like the other ladies said, watch his diet to make sure he's getting enough fiber and drinking enough.

Lindsay - posted on 08/31/2010

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2cc/2ml 's of miralax mixed in any liquid helps tons! Not every day, I do Wednesday and Sundays..its also in generic form too :)

Janelle - posted on 08/30/2010

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My daughter used to when she was the same age and for the life of me I couldn't work out why... Now I have 3 children and I've realised that 9 times out of 10, its what they are eating that is making them constipated. ie my daughter loved bananas, so as snack I would let her munch on a banana. If you google around a bit, you will see that there are foods that cause constipation when eaten frequently, and foods that have the opposite effect ie most other fruits. Bananas are really good I found when my baby no.3 has the runs to firm things up a bit. Other than that definitely prunes as a snack, or prune juice is the way to go. Also apple or pear juice has lots of fibre to help regularity so things dont get backed up. Oh and lots and lots of water! Best of luck I know it is a horrible thing to watch your young one go through

Melissa - posted on 08/30/2010

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Fruits and Grains helped my 16 month old. Since we are off of Formula he doesn't get constipation as much. But we have to be careful with the fruits. Too much and we have another issue

Kerrie - posted on 08/29/2010

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I tried what the doctor suggested (the drops, prune juice) it would help every couple of days but my daughter was always constipated... A change of formula did her good. i was also made aware that i was giving her too much starch in one day

Louise - posted on 08/27/2010

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my 16 month old son suffers too, and have tried juices etc but though it worked initially, doesn't seem to now. We've been prescribed lactulose liquid from the doctors today and some cream for his sore bottom and hoping this will help. Hope it settles quickly for your son too.

Sharyn - posted on 08/25/2010

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i've found vegemite worked on my boys when they were young, other wise try fruit juices, orange, prune or apple ones. Good luck hope something helps.

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