Needing some recomendations on Chronic Constipation in a 2 year old...

Summer - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter has had issues going #2 since she was born. She turns all red, cries, and pushes like she is hurting. Her doctors that she has had since she was born has been no help saying she is too young etc etc etc....


I have tried laxitive (not comfy using that on a regular basis..not sure what it can do to her), have tried juices (100% no sugar added), I have tried whole grains...and no improvements.....

I need some advice or posiblities of what could be going on with her..and what to do about it?

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Stephanie - posted on 07/04/2012

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Hi there...I know this is an older post, but I'm hoping this may be seen by other mothers who have issues with Chronic Constipation and maybe the issue of Encopresis. My daughter started becoming extrememly constipated when she was 4 and kept having accidents (soiling her undies) a few times a day and she was diagnosed as having encopresis. All the doctors did over the 4 years of visits, was tell us she needed more fiber, drink more water and take laxatives. Finally we realized that gluten (wheat products) may be to blame and we started giving her fruit flavored chewable probiotics on a daily basis and within 24 hours, her system got back on track and she had a massive bowel movement.

I started a blog for other moms who are going through this and frustrated and searching for answers. Please visit my blog at www.momsguidetoencopresis.com to learn more. I'm not selling anything, just trying to educate and give hope to mom's who are going through the same thing I went through for 4 long years.

Have a great day,

Stephanie

Annie - posted on 03/30/2011

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My daughter, also, has had severe constipation issues since she was about six months old. Her doctor had her take Miralax daily when she was about 18 months old. She'll be four in June, so that's almost two and a half years of a daily laxative, at an adult dose. I hated it and we had her tested for celiac disease. It came back negative but we thought a gluten-free diet couldn't hurt just to try. We started her in January and she is almost completely off the medicine and has absolutely no problems going to the bathroom. Before, if we tried to reduce the dose even a little bit, she would immediately have severe pain and difficulty.

Maybe that's something to bring up to your pediatrician?

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Teresa - posted on 04/02/2011

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I recommend giving him supplements; I give my daughter Usanimals; you can order them at www.2anewu.usana.com My daughter has never had a nonstipation problem since she's been taking these supplements!

Schmoopy - posted on 04/02/2011

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Prunes!!! Every day! They work like a charm. In fact, any dried fruit will do, but prunes are more nutritious than most.



Also, yogurt daily. Greek yogurt works amazingly well.



Hopefully between those two foods, you'll work out a formula that doesn't require meds.

Jenn - posted on 04/01/2011

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Miralax is great and we use it when either of my children are having constipation issues. A friend used it long term for his son until he was able to have bowel movements without 1) freaking out and 2) regularly (even at school). He is 6 now.

I do also second Annie's comments. Talk to the pediatrician about your child's diet and possible sensitivities to gluten. It is VERY common!

Annie - posted on 03/30/2011

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No, we think she just is sensitive to it and can't tolerate it. Gluten is, from what I understand, a binding agent found many foods. Wheat, barley, rye....along with many other things that 'hide' gluten (maltodextrin, for example). It's something to go over with your doctor. He or she can give you much better advice and information than I could. I suggested it because it seems to have been the culprit for my daughter. It could also be milk, soy, nuts, yeast....many things in her diet could cause severe constipation.

Summer - posted on 03/30/2011

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So are you saying your daughter is allergic to gluten? I am not familiar with that ....what all has it in it?

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