My daughter is extremely constipated. What have you tried that would work right away?

Susan - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been trying to poop for two days now. She gets stomach cramps and I can tell that her poop is there, but it's hard as a rock and won't come out. This happens a lot, so I'm wondering what anyone else has tried that's worked. I'm at my wits end!

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Carmen - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hi.. have with though the SAME problem... and found a complete answer...Start your little girl on Pediasure with FIBER.. you can find it at Walmart in the baby section.. where you by the baby milk... You Will NEVER STOP buying this stuff, once you try it... it comes in a 6 pack and you can buy the Walmart brand too... both are good..BUT "MAKE" SURE IT STATES ON THE BOX, IT INCLUDES FIBER..this stuff taste "Great" and my little one NEVER had problems with constipation again.... and it has TONES of essential vitamins... helps with brain development.. have been given to my little one since he was 2 years old, comes in lots of flavors, HE LOVES Vanilla... ONE MORE THING, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR LITTLE ONE IS INPACKED, SO GO TO PHARMACY AND GO TO THE AREA FOR CONSTIPATION AND GET THE BABY FLEET SUPPOSITORY, AND DON'T FORGET TO BUY PETROLEUM JELLY, THIS WILL MAKE IT EASYER TO INSERT THE SUPPOSITORY, AND THEY COME IN A SMALL LIQUID FORM TOO... "IT IS TRULY A LIFE SAVER"
Trust ME.. do this...I used to have to dig out my little ones stool out of his butt and it was such a hard thing, my heart just broke for him.. also "WARM" baths help, and small doses of Milk Mag also in pharmacy.. "BUT ONCE YOU START THE "PEDISURE WITH FIBER", YOU WILL NOT SEE THESE PROBLEMS AGAIN !!! YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE WILL "love PEDISURE"!!! PLEASE EMAIL IF I CAN BE OF HELP, I'M A 6 YEAR NURSE AT AIKEN HOSPITAL AND I WOULD BE SO HAPPY TO HELP.. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LITTLE ONE...I'LL HAVE YOU BOTH OF YOU IN MY PRAYERS... SINCERELY & GOD BLESS YOU, CARMEN & MY BABY NOAH..

Tammy - posted on 11/11/2009

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My 8 year old has many constipation problems. I took him to the doctor and now that we are off of their prescription laxatives he stays regular by eating Metamucil Cinnamon fiber wafers. He puts peanut butter between the 2 wafers and has an after school snack. He is a very picky eater, but he doesn't mind this at all.

Nakia - posted on 11/11/2009

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How old is your daughter. Have you tried prunes/prune juice. Maybe adding a little bit more fiber in her diet will help out.

Samantha - posted on 11/11/2009

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Ms.Keim:
I've tried Karo 1 tsp with a cup of luke warm water . Good luck,
Samantha

Carla - posted on 12/09/2012

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If she is in pain, Mindy,, I would take her to the emergency room or urgent care tonight. If prune juice AND Miralax didn't work, there's something wrong. Get her some help--now!



PS from what I just read, antibiotics CAN cause constipation because it kills off the good bacteria in the intestines. But if she hasn't gone for 7 days, I don't think I'd try putting anything more in her poor belly. Call the ER or urgent care.

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Mindy - posted on 12/09/2012

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Help! My daughter is 7 now and has been having constipation for several months. This time it's been 7 days since a BM. Prune juice 3 days in a row did not help. Miralax 3 days in a row with no results. Tried a warm bath today and still didn't come out. Calling Doc Monday, but need help now. thanks! BTW...is it true that antibiotics constipate kids?? She also has strep and is on amox. Poor thing!

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Good old prune juice always does the trick with my daughter...I usually mix 1/4 cup with any juice she likes and it works very quickly.

Martha - posted on 11/11/2009

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Organic cider, w/NO preservatives if possible. Or 100% juice with Miralax mixed into it. Also, FiberOne snack bars daily will add 9 grams of fiber. School lunches are low in fiber. Lack of water and inadequate liquides can reinstate the problem. We need to drink 1/2 of our body weight of water per day. This is what my peditrician prescribed.

Celine - posted on 11/10/2009

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try to give her prune juice... my son also experienced that before I tried giving prune juice and it works!

Naomi - posted on 11/10/2009

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We use milk of magnesia with our son. He's had issues with constipation and this seems to work for him. We also have increased the amount of fruit that he eats. Pretty much any fruit that begins with "P" can help soften things up and get things moving.

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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My 5 year old went to UNC this past spring for constipation. They put her on Miralax, just as her pediatrition did. They just upped her doseage ALOT. 8X. This was a mess. She had diareah then.....we finally got her regulated after months of struggle from one extream to the next with Monavie. A fruit juice! All natural. She loves it. It is expensive, but we get ours for free now by sharing it with others like yourself. Check it out www.mymonavie.com/turlington This is NOT a sales pitch. It was horrible for my child and giving her enemas was devestating to her and the 3 it took to hold her down to give them. She loves the juice and is regular now. Not only that, but her allergies are better and she hasnt had one earache since she started drinking it in June. She had do get tubes last year, but still remained sick. You will want to check out the ORIGINAL MONAVIE. It is for children 12 & under. It's just fruit juice!

Kari - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have been going through this the past 4 days, I just sent my husband to the store (3 of them) Gripe Water and then we gave her a little laxative. Worked in seconds (of course it says up to an hour) but it was right there just needed something to softened it. It was a stool softener/ How old is she? I would recommend this at any age but hope that helps. Prune Juice does wanders as well. I just used it for the 1st time an hour ago and I have been through three diapers with bowel movements

Cynthia - posted on 11/09/2009

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We swear by PEAR JUICE! I always give my son the gerber infant pear juice. It works great and it's very easy on their stomach! Hope she feels better soon!

Angela - posted on 11/09/2009

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If your child is an infant, the ped. will probably tell you to boil a cup of water on the stove, and add about a teaspoon or so of table sugar. Stir it for a minute and then take it off the heat. Make sure that you cool it down all the way, then fill a bottle and give the baby a few chugs. It doesnt take much, and this worked for my daughter like a charm. If your daughter is 4 months or older you could try adding a bit more baby fruit to her cereal etc...just be sure to start with one kind and gradually introduce others in case of allergies. hope this helps good luck

AnQuetta - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting Sojourner:

Karo syrup worked for my son when he was constipated! I put a little in his formula and it got his bowels moving. My pediatrician recommended this when I called the nurse line . Have you called your child's pediatrician? Also, is she breast fed or formula fed? If she is formula fed you may want to check the formula b/c certain formulas constipate infants, especially powder based formulas. I copied this off the AAP website: "Karo syrup, OTC, 1-2 tablespoons once or twice a day – great for infants, mixed in 2-4 oz formula." I would start with one tablespoon rather than two. This is the site that I went to if you want to research how safe karo syrup is.http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/gastroen... these are the key words that I used to search:constipation + karo syrup for infants.


I have tried the Karo syrup and it wonders, all you need is one tablespoon and she will be fine from there. It really really works

Danielle - posted on 11/09/2009

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Pumpkin! You can get it in the can. Start with 3 oz a day. It took my guy 12 hours to poop.

Prentiss - posted on 11/09/2009

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You can also try mixing some prune juice in some other form of juice in her bottle or cup. You don't have to use alot of it. You can also try keeping plenty of fruit in her system. I know that when my daughter eats alot of fruit on a daily basis it keeps her open. Like fruit cocktail and she loves apples and oranges. that helps.

Scarlett - posted on 11/09/2009

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She might need to eat more fiber and drink more water. My daughter has the same thing every so often. I started to really keep track of what she was eating. She eats a apple everyday and I make sure she pushes the fluids. I will say a little prayer for her!

Laura-Marie - posted on 11/09/2009

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if this is a recurrent thing with her, go see your Doctor. My daughter has had cronic constipation for years and it has affected her bladder health. It can lead to weak muscles, urinary tract infections, and all kinds of stuff. Your Dr. can help with an eating plan that is going to help her.....like cutting out banannas, white flour, milk products etc.
Hope she gets relief soon.

Lori - posted on 11/09/2009

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a sprinkle or like a tsp of Epsom salts mixed in her drink helped my 22 month old

Sheena - posted on 11/09/2009

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I use Pedia Lax for my son. He was really constipated before and everything else i had tried didnt work, but pedia lax worked within 10 mins.

Toni - posted on 11/09/2009

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I am a Nature's Sunshine Distributor and I recommend LB Extract liquid - to have it on hand when this type of thing happens. (Also, sounds like she needs some regular attention with some fiber in her diet.) This formula is not to be used more than 10 days at a time. Its liquid and works quickly.

Beth - posted on 11/09/2009

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In your hand that is a nerve its right under the thumb push in on her hand there and she should feel it like it should hurt a little and you should feel a bump as well .. I work that with my kids and then they have to go potty it always works for me and for my kids.. Hope that helps.. HAPPY MONDAY!!

Beth - posted on 11/08/2009

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I had this type of problem with my daughter. Our doctor had her on Benefiber. It really works! She didn't like it in liquid so I put it in her oatmeal, mashed potatoes or cream of wheat. it also works if you sprinkle it on hot scrambeled eggs, or mix it into yogurt.

Faye - posted on 11/08/2009

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my daughters pediatrician told me to put dark Karo syrup in her formula. i don't know the age of your daughter but my baby is 4 months i don't know if it will work for everyone but it did my daughter. hope this helped

Jenny - posted on 11/08/2009

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When our daughter was an infant, she had the same problem. We were even referred to a specialist! We ended up having to give her diluted prune juice daily (2 oz with 2 oz water) and also taking her temperature rectally once each day. Now she's 5 and we make sure to give her plenty of fresh fruit regularly as well as whole grain cereals. We don't drink juice often, so she thinks it's a treat when I give her prune juice now. Also, pediatric nurses are very helpful, so you may try calling your pediatrician's nurse line. Good luck!

Thea - posted on 11/08/2009

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How old is She???? Till they are 2 my doc said to try brown sugar and water to drink. It works like a charm. But sounds like she needs a little help at the other end. Vaseline on a q-tip. Take her to her doctor!!!!

Kellie - posted on 11/07/2009

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I agree with Sarah, we use Miralax for the kids.. and also you might want to start giving her a chewable flavored Fish Oil pill.. over the counter at a vitamin or natural choices store

Rebekah - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son gets that way ALOT, especially when he is teething - i know weird. Anyways, what works for him is apple juice, prunes, and if need something immediately and your daughter is in lots of pain, those glycerin suppositories work great. I rarely have to use those, but if my son is screaming in lots of pain, I will use it.

Lorretta - posted on 11/07/2009

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Castor oil worked for me. Don't give banana's at all, maybe some granny smith apples to eat.

Vicki - posted on 11/07/2009

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Miralax, available everywhere. We used it every day for almost a year. Dissolve it in some hot water first, then mix in with her favorite beverage.

Melissa - posted on 11/07/2009

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Depending on how old your child is there are several different options. For babies start with prunes, mix some baby food in with their bottle. If no luck you can try glycerin suppositories, ask your pharmacist. Miralax is completely safe, you can mix it in about anything, however I don't recommend mixing it with milk. My oldest has battled chronic constipation. It is best to get a handle on it now. She has since had bladder control issues and we finally have it resoled at age 6.

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Karo syrup worked for my son when he was constipated! I put a little in his formula and it got his bowels moving. My pediatrician recommended this when I called the nurse line . Have you called your child's pediatrician? Also, is she breast fed or formula fed? If she is formula fed you may want to check the formula b/c certain formulas constipate infants, especially powder based formulas. I copied this off the AAP website: "Karo syrup, OTC, 1-2 tablespoons once or twice a day – great for infants, mixed in 2-4 oz formula." I would start with one tablespoon rather than two. This is the site that I went to if you want to research how safe karo syrup is.http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/gastroen... these are the key words that I used to search:constipation + karo syrup for infants.

Sarah - posted on 11/06/2009

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I am a nurse and miralax does not mix well in anything but liquids. It takes pudding and applesause and turns it into liquid. My patients say they can not taste it and i have had a pediatric gi dr tell me to use it.

Katherine - posted on 11/06/2009

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Try giving her a fleet enema,she,ll have to push it out, and find a stool softner for children, also you can get the gylcerine suppositories they work reaaly good

Amy - posted on 11/06/2009

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when you use the miralax, do not let her see you put it in her drink, she will think it's medicine and will refuse to drink it. I would mix it ahead of time, like the night before or while she is in the bath, then just give it to her like you would anything else and don't tell her it's in there.! My kids are weird, they like medicine, so they have never given me a problem taking anything.

Susan - posted on 11/06/2009

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Thank you! I have tried something like Miralax before and she wouldn't drink it. That was a few months ago, so I may try it again.

Amy - posted on 11/06/2009

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There is an over the counter very gentle laxative called Miralax. There is one for children and another for adults. It is odorless, colorless, and completely dissolves in juice or you can add it to yogurt or applesauce. Follow the directions on the bottle and it will alleviate her symptoms overnight....Hope this helps! I've used it myself, and it is very gentle. It was recommended to me by my colon-rectal surgeon. I had surgery in late March, and it was a big help for me then and any other time I have had a problem with constipation.

Sarah - posted on 11/06/2009

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depending on how old your daughter is you will need to ask the pharmasist,but miralax is safe to use daily just ask for the right dose. I would use a suppostory now. the pharmasist can tell you how much of one to use. i used one on my twins when the were 10 weeks old-they were 5 weeks early too so they were small. hope this helps. Good luck and God bless.

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