What are some helpful foods for constipation?

Lynette - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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For some reason my 16 month old son has been having bouts of constipation. He'll go 3 days with no BM's then he'll have very hard stools. He'll be fine for 2 to 3 days and then it starts up again. It's been like this for two weeks and I haven't added anything new to his diet. I set up a doctors appointment for this week but I want to know how I can help him before then with what he eats. He already drinks plenty of water (with very little juice mixed with prunes right now too) and he's been having very little milk and cheese until I can find out why he's like this. So please, what kinds of foods should I focus on for his snacks and meals? I want to make sure he's getting enough fiber. Please and thank you! :D

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Jessica - posted on 07/14/2011

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My daughter was preemie so digestive issues have been an ongoing problem for us. Our pediatrician has recommended a few things over time that have worked well. First, apple juice - full strength, no water added (the real kind, not "apple drink")...the natural sugars are a natural laxative which is why they tell parents to avoid too much juice. Second, probiotic yogurt...we use activia. 3rd prune juice. 4th Watermelon....mostly because she'll eat plenty and it's full of water! You can also try keeping lactulose on hand for when he has his bouts. It's just a stool softener that can be added to food (we put it in the yogurt) or taken straight. Good luck, I know how awful it is to watch your little one with tummy pain and not be able to help!

Kelly - posted on 07/13/2011

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I was told the "P" foods are the ones to stick to. That's most fruits and veggies starting with the letter p such as prunes, pears, peas...it worked for my daughter when she was very young. Now we give her bran chex in the morning and yogurt with fiber for snack.
Is your son on vitamins? Drops with iron tend to constipate (I found that out the hard way with my daughter). Definitely check with your doctor for the best solution.

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Samantha - posted on 07/23/2011

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Avoid apples as they cause constipation, but pears, grapes and prunes are great.

Connie - posted on 07/22/2011

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Hi Lynette! You sound like a great mom! My kids respond well to yogurt, apples, pears and peaches. Straight apple juice acually makes their stool a little runny but I figure that is better than the alternative of a unhappy baby.
Best of luck to you!

Dian - posted on 07/21/2011

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My baby was like that since the first time he got solid food. Tired after using Restoralax/Pegalax everyday, one day I decided to give him 1-2 serving of prune pure (you can get it in the store) and lots of lots of water (2-3 cups a day), and it works. It take few days until he is regular, but now I don't have to use the restoralax anymore.

Holly - posted on 07/19/2011

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My daughter gets constipated unless she has apple juice every day. We give her about 6 oz of juice and mix it with 2-4 oz of water. If she is having really hard stools, then I do straight juice. It makes all the difference.

Erin - posted on 07/18/2011

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My daughter has been having poop issues since I started her on whole milk. The doctor told me to give her prune juice daily, and make sure she is eating things high in fiber. Some suggestions are broccoli, beans, high fiber cereals. Hope this helps.

Carol - posted on 07/18/2011

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I find that apples, pears and prunes really help. My daughter had a bit of constipation when she was younger and I used to mix pureed prunes in with her vita brits in the morning; it worked a treat! Plenty of water too.

Lynette - posted on 07/14/2011

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Thanks everyone for all the help! I feel so much better now, and I feel I'm doing more for him before his doc visit.

Sara - posted on 07/14/2011

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My baby had ongoing issues with constipation, and I tried different foods with little effect. I took him to a naturopath, who prescribed probiotics, and they work wonderfully. He gets them twice a day in his regular food, and has rarely had a problem since. I also make sure to give lots of fiber with brown rice, whole grain bread, berries and pears. Hope that helps! Good luck

Stacy - posted on 07/14/2011

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My daughter gets that way once in a while too. She loves cinnamon raison bagels and they did better than prune juice. You could up the juice a little.
Good luck!

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