what can i use for 21 month old with constipation?

Anie - posted on 01/11/2011 ( 46 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old is having a hard time when she poops she cries and it hurts her ..she goes every other day but thing is her poop is always hard like little balls she so little and this has been going on for awhile and she is learning to go to the washroom on her own but she cries when she poops what can we use to make her poop softer..??

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Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2011

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try putting tea spoon of oil or brown sugar in hot water then leave to cool works a treat.xxx

Katie - posted on 01/17/2011

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My daughter gets constipated also. Our doc said to give her Miralax. But be sure to consult doc before giving over the counter/drug store remedies.

People have told me to try apple juice to keep her regular. A sister of mine recommended watering down her milk. She drinks so much milk and not a lot of water. So I've tried the watering down of milk and every other day give her miralax. Seems to be working. But still have to give her miralax every other day or she gets too constipated. Would love to get her off miralax.

But good luck. I think you've got some great advice/ideas to try.

Meghan - posted on 01/12/2011

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I would suggest first trying to alter her food intact. There are certain foods, like cheese and bananas that "bind" you, and others that "loosen you". With my son, I try to give him one of each with every meal. So if he has a cheese stick for a snack, I will also give him apple juice or apple sauce.

If that doesn't work, there are other things (like Karo syrup, a dark corn syrup) that can loosen them up, as well as adding prunes or prune juice.

If that still doesn't work, check with the pediatrician. She may have a blockage. But that is like worse case scenario, so don't worry, I'm sure its just her food intake.

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J - posted on 09/21/2011

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Absolutely stick with natural substances - prunes will do the trick, or prune juice - just make sure it isn't all sugared up. No need for articifical substances when nature will do the trick. May take a few days to work, but they do, in my experience

Maryanne - posted on 09/20/2011

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I'm having the same problem & its to the point where I have to help her bc she is so backed up its too big & hurts... I give her fiber almost every day... She drinks apple juice all the time too..

Shaza - posted on 02/21/2011

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I highly recommend fruit juice for any digestive condition that your toddler suffers. for constipation I use mango fruit juice. for diarrhea I use Guafa juice. In normal conditions much usage of each causes the opposite effect. means if the toddler had too much guafa juice it cuases constipation, or if he/she had too much Mango juice it causes diarreah, so let all be given in moderate amounts until situation improves.
other solution for constipation is warm water. to make your toddler drink it boil some tasty stuff in it like mint leaves or anise seeds which both happens to be pleasant in taste as tea and effectively relieves constipation along with many other stomach or bowel problems like bloating, gases or as bowel cleaners.
fill her regular cup of 300 ml with either mint or anise tea prepared by boiling those in hot water and bringing the tea to lower temp that your child can handle by adding cold water or leaving it to cool for a while before giving it to him/her.

Victoria - posted on 02/18/2011

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give her a small amount of prune juice in her water (tea spoon) and give her grapes on a regular basis .....this should help and its all natural...good luck I hope it eases for your daughter

A'Lisa - posted on 02/04/2011

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Miralax was a lifesaver for us! It's natural and not "addictive"--your body doesn't start to rely on it. Of course, altering foods first is best--my girls eat a lot of pears, blueberries, prunes, applesauce/apple juice, frosted mini-wheats, oatmeal, cinnamon Life cereal, peas, broccoli, navy beans, and sandwiches w/ this soft, round whole wheat bread they love. Our Dr. also suggested talking to the daycare about letting them always have access to their water cups.

Maggie - posted on 01/27/2011

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My son is having the same problem. I asked around and people told me to give him pear juice (Gerber makes some), or diluted prune juice. He didn't care for the prune juice, but the pear he likes. I also have been putting a little Karo syrup in his drink 2x a day. It seems to be helping. Good luck!

Romy - posted on 01/26/2011

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OMG, I'm having the same issue and I've been doing a few things which works. However, she still occasionally get constipated again and last week I had a chat with her Pediatrician, who recommended Miralax.

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-17116-mi...

However, please check it out first. I have used it on my daughter, same age as yours and it took a few days but it did get her pooing again. I'm not crazy about giving it long term though, an alternative is also Flax Seed Oil in her food or pureed prunes. I mix the puree into her juice and she drinks with no problems.
One last thing, make sure that she is getting lots of liquid because that can also cause constipation. Anything, water, juice, milk etc...just make sure she gets lots of it... so far so good but I can't say it's a miracle yet because I only began on the Miralax last week.

Cassandra - posted on 01/26/2011

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My daughter is the same way, always has been, and I give her warm water or warm sugar water. Works wonders for her.

Kalinka - posted on 01/26/2011

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My 21 month old son has some poop problems since the day he was born. I added some corn oil in all his milk bottle and that worked really well. Last summer I could finally stop the added corn oil and he got normal poop now. He drinks a lot of water in between the meals and that seems to do the trick as well.
Hope some of my story is helpful to you. Good luck.

Irene - posted on 01/25/2011

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Prune juice! That will loosen anything up. Worked for my 3 year old who insists that he does not have to poop. They hold it in so much cause they are afraid to poop and one they relax they are fine. If it not the stress of pooping then the prune juice will help anyone.

Sundra - posted on 01/25/2011

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My 22 mth old loves yogurt and one day she had eaten all of hers... so I gave her some Activa! This was about a month ago, and she hasn't been constipated since. She'll eat a whole cup! Try it. I don't know what the age limit is, but it worked for us....

Lucy - posted on 01/24/2011

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My daughter has the same problem, despite eating a healthy diet and a love of fruit and vegetables! I took her to my GP and she prescribed 5ml of lactulose to take every day - it loosens the stools and she has been much more comfortable since taking it - no more tears! I would strongly advise taking her to see your GP as sometimes the strain of doing a poo can cause bleeding and/or tears down below, which the GP needs to check for.

Daniela - posted on 01/24/2011

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Fresh dates also work well, but only give this in small amounts as it can cause an avalanche of poop!

Daniela - posted on 01/24/2011

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I recommend plenty of water during the day and with meals. I also find that pear can work well too. You can steam some pear, blend it to a smooth puree and then mix it in with your little girl's yoghurt or breakfast cereal. Or, you could give her fresh, peeled, ripe pear as dessert after her lunch or dinner.

Geneen - posted on 01/24/2011

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Prune Juice. I gave Eden some when she was only one. She hardly gets constipated because she eats a lot of fruits and veggies. Like banannas etc, She eats brocolli, cauliflower carrots etc. Stuff with a lot of fiber. Oatmeal is also good. Give a half a cup of Prune juice 3 times a day and let it happen naturally. Also plenty of water.

Dawn - posted on 01/23/2011

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im having a problem with my daughter pooping she poops but it is always a big drama with her she lays on the floor screaming im pooping then we change her becasue she has pooped ,prior to this she was constipated but doesnt seem to be anymore have been to sse my doctor and she says more fibre she eats well for the most part but im so tired of her screaming like shes constipated not sure what to do please if any one has any advice it would be greatly appreciated ,i have posted on her b4 and never got any responses to my questions;)

Brandi - posted on 01/23/2011

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I have a 9 month old and a 22 month old, that have both gone through this. with my son right after he was born we had to dill with this, and since he couldn't eat food, we had to deal with liquids or syrups. The thing that worked for him was mineral oil works fast!!!! and it is safe. With my daughter the thing that worked for her was eating nuts ( make sure there isn't a nut allergy first). When she was a little bit younger she wouldn't be constimpated but had hard poops like yours is, and we would give her prune juice diluted with another juice and water, and put a little in her cereal. Those worked for us. Good luck. I know how it is to watch your child hurt, doing something that can't be controlled.

Brittany - posted on 01/22/2011

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Hi Anie
My 21 month old Madison has been doing the same thing for the last 3 months, but she isn't constipated hers is she has slightly split her bottom and so it really hurts her to poop. She can hold it in for up to 5 days without going but it is horrific to see and hear her in so much pain as she screams and shakes really badly and I usually end up in tears 'cause I feel so helpless to do anything to help her.
The doctor recommended lactolose which softens it and makes it very easy for them to go, at first I wasn't too keen about giving to her in case she became reliant on it, but it didnt make it any better so back to the doctors we went and he said to give her the lactolose 4 times a day i did that for 2 days and now she has gone 2 weeks without even thinking about holding it in or crying and shes got a book full of stars for every time she poops!

The good news is the doctors say they do grow out of it. xxx

Monique - posted on 01/21/2011

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try lax-aday get it from shoppers works like a charm use it for 6 months everyday!! just because it starts working dont stop using it will happen again!!

Cara - posted on 01/20/2011

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We always give my daughter avocado when she is constipated it is high in fibre and natural oils it works wonders. we also give her fish oil everyday for her eczema but it also helps her constipation.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/19/2011

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My son had the same problem for a very long time we took him to one dr who told us to use vasline and stick our finger up him to help him go, we felt very uncomfortable with this so we switched drs and his new one perscribed him Milk of magnesia to help him go potty. He does great now we only have to give it to him once every 2 weeks.

Pam - posted on 01/19/2011

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apple juice, pear juice, white grape juice! Soften stools naturally.... Stay away from Banana's or cut down on them.

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2011

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Yogurt and leafy greens should help. Try celery with some peanut butter and raisins/craisins on it. Try upping the amount of veggies she's eating (if you can, some kids just don't do veggies). The other day my son tried red bell pepper strips for the first time and LOVED them. He didn't know how sweet they were.

Also prunes. My son thinks they are 'candy' and a special treat. We get the ones with Cherry essence which means they are soaked in cherry juice. They are amazing and will help clear her out.

Suzanne - posted on 01/19/2011

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I also have this issue with my 21 month old and the dr said miralax every other day. Works great ;)

Tiffany - posted on 01/19/2011

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KIWIS! I learned that with my son I give him 2 kiwis and he loves them. about an hour later...there you go

Nadine - posted on 01/19/2011

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My daughter goes through the same thing. We have switched her juice to the Veggie plus.. 1 fruit 2 veggie per serving. It helps her go better & softens. Also when times get tougher we have used suppositories to help Ava get a quick start!

Chelsea - posted on 01/18/2011

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my dd has had chronic constipation since she was 3 weeks old, the nest thing over the counter we have used is "blackberry, blueberry,aciai berry" Northland brand juice. we started giving my dd it undiluted and were able to take her off miralax after almost a year

Jessica - posted on 01/18/2011

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my daughter suffered the same from about 6 months on. we tried coloxyl drops you can get over the counter at the chemist. They are a chocolate flavoured syrup that takes about 3 days to work but it does get them going again. We also found out that she has a slight intolerance to lactose so we got her switched to a lactose free milk and it has done wonders, along with some infacol to counteract the gas pain she now goes at the same time every morning with no straining. I als ofound that stewed prunes mixed with apple or pears worked great too and she loved the taste. Hope she gets going soon !

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2011

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My daughter has the same problem ever since she has started on solid foods. My doctor told me to put a tsp of Lax a Day into her juice once a day. It works wonders and her poop is soft and she gets it out without crying and being sick. She would throw up from pushing so hard. HOpe this helps. :)

Melinda - posted on 01/17/2011

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My kids have never had issues with this.. but all my brothers kids did. They helped the situation by watching cheese and banana intake- those foods constipate. Yoghurt helps, prune juice helps, pears are big in fiber they also help, they also give a probiotic capsule or gummy everyday and she has no problems if she has that probiotic!!

Cassie - posted on 01/17/2011

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Water down some prune juice works well with my daughter whenever shes having a hard time

Katrina - posted on 01/17/2011

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we had such trouble with constipation right from the beginning! The Dr. said to try prune juice, so we did. It works so great, we had to be careful not to give him too much. Give it a try, its all natural so it wont hurt. Good luck!! also our dr. said fruits and veggies that start with the letter p help with pooping! (its not all of them but most)

Judy - posted on 01/15/2011

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Sometimes the iron in vitamins can constipate children. Have you asked your doctor about this? I used prune juice when my kids were constipated. But there is a syrup that you can get from the drug store, ask your pharmacist, they may know the name of it, it is like molasses and it tastes good actually, you can add it to their milk or food. But for fast relief, I used prune juice. My kids liked it..I use it to this day. But I would ask the doctor I think or call the office and ask.

Rachael - posted on 01/15/2011

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Prune juice! Sunsweet in the juice isle. It is 100% and she doesn't need much. Start with some to see if it works and if not give her more. It is safe and natural. Also, fruit everday as Kimberly said. My daughter loves all fruit so it is easy to get her to eat it. Also, if she likes olives, that will do the trick too. Try not to let her drink more than 24oz of milk in one day, and/or eat too much cheese. Hope this helps.

Julie - posted on 01/14/2011

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Apple Juice , Prune Juice , or the prune itself .. Bananas eats lots of bananas .. and drink lots of water ...

Simi - posted on 01/14/2011

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cut down the cheese and milk. more water to drink and also give her prune juice for few days if she doesnt like the taste by itself, mix in the other juice. it should work.

Leeann - posted on 01/14/2011

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my daughter has the same problem. one day she is very constipated and cant go so we give her something to go and she will but then the next day she is suffering from gas? so i have no idea what to do either. dr keeps saying give her fiber and stuff like that but there are days where she is in so much pain she doesnt want to eat?

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Cow dairy of all kinds will contribute to constipation. Perhaps you could try giving her some prune juice diluted with some water (if she'll take it) or perhaps mixing some in her oatmeal with raisins. Raisins and grapes have lots of fibre too that are usually a kids favourite. Hope she's doing well now.

Kimberly - posted on 01/11/2011

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my daughter had that for a long time. Her stool is softer now thank goodness! I backed off the cheese, I still gave her some but not as much, and I made sure I gave her at least one fruit a day. She loves apples, satsuma oranges, even pineapple chunks from a jar or bits of my grapefruit. it took a few days, but it eventually worked. Oh another thing that works are grapes and raisins or even dried cranberries. I don't know about your daughter, but if mine eats too many of those she gets diarrhea, so be carefull

Good luck

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