Looking for a healthy stool softener

Dana - posted on 02/03/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for something healthy to give my son so his stools are a little softer to help with potty training. He's not constipated but it takes him quite some time to poo.

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Kimberly - posted on 05/11/2011

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raisins and prunes, no bananas, or even some veggies, will make it harder like peas,

Pooja - posted on 02/09/2011

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Give him Papaya... it works miraculously and is healthy as well. You can also try giving him wheat cereals if he doesn't like eating papaya.

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Nancy - posted on 11/11/2011

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please try...alot of fluids..not necesarily water but all fluids; juice, milk and vegs will also do alot of good.

Donna - posted on 10/05/2011

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apples! Id say chicken, fries and a soda would help too haha but im sure thats just too unhealthy, it works for me, that damn grease just cleans me right out. he he

Joyce - posted on 07/21/2011

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Try giving fresh pear , raw carrot & plenty of water. As we lose water from our bodies when we are eating, talking, breathing and when we get hot from sweat.
For constipation "Slippery Elm Bark" it is natural & gentle on the bowl. But look in to it for what the youngest age you can give it to. You might be able to pick it up in the supermarket or health food store. It comes in a powder & you just mix it with water. When you try some think new make it fun.
I hope this is some help for you.

Dana - posted on 06/12/2011

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I always try to give my baby lots of fruit... apples, watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, etc. throughout the day... results= nice poop lol!

Gail - posted on 02/24/2011

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motivational good foods... lots of water, prune and fresh raw fruits and vegies were all right on suggestions... being a little bit uptight can add to the challenge, so sometimes creating relaxing environmental aids helps (like book to read by the potty to help him relax). but other motivators is treats that inspire... like fruit smoothy popcicles (I have ones tupperware has made, but I think you can use other molds out there too.)... turn those fresh good into orderves, sometimes presentation or a reason to play with your good foods too eat can be inspirations for kids :o)
Go to the book store or liberary and check out some of the great raw food recipe books coming out on the market, you might be inspired for the whole family. Some of them have great pictures... oh and there are some good websites too.

Petra - posted on 02/18/2011

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Get flax seed and grind it up every morning and add it to homemade oatmeal or something like that. It works great and is very gentle and healthy.

Corrina - posted on 02/11/2011

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poly glycol powder is great! my daughter uses this and has since she was 3 for constipation(only occasionally now) it disolves easily and you can put it in anything they drink and they wont taste it.its pretty inexpensive and most doctors will give you a prescription so ins will cover a larger bottle. and try to also make sure his little feet have something to rest on and not dangle if hes using the big toliet as that will make pushing a little easier for him.

Gale - posted on 02/10/2011

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I know they make the same thing but on a toddler level its called pedilax, they make it in gummie form and the stuff you mix in water like the miralax.

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My 2 yr old twins can sometimes be constipated. One more than the other - I can get one to eat her fruits and vegetables, but the other won't touch anything but meat and potatoes. In talking to their dr about it, he said to just use Miralax. half of an adult dosage - but I started even less than that and she only gets a teaspoon once a day in her sippy cup. Does the job wonderfully. I have brought up the concern about her taking it every day because it says on the packaging no more than 7 days, but he said that it is more for adults that might have an "underlying" issue. He said that there is a different brand that should be right in the aisle next to the miralax that is more "organic", but I cannot remember the name of it.

Brittany - posted on 02/09/2011

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A well balanced diet doesnt always do it. My daughter is allergic to milk. She has plenty of fruits and vegetables and still has problems with constipation or taking a long time to poop. Our dr told us to use miralax (or the store brand). It works wonders. It doesnt make them have to go like a laxative it just makes it softer and more regular for going. Ask your dr how much to give them but my daughter is 2 and on an adult size quantity, and there have been no problems. Good luck.

Sandra - posted on 02/09/2011

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on the long run just a balanced diet will do it. i changed to wholemeal bread entirely. we had constipation problems about 2 month ago and the doctor described us movicol paediatric. now we are doing fine. also make sure he gets enough to drink. mine don't want to drink to much in winter time so i have to softly push them to do it.......

Nayyara - posted on 02/07/2011

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Well oranges work best for us. Even I try them myself when constipated. A lot of water is a must.

Erin - posted on 02/07/2011

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Hi! For my kids,(mostly my daughter who is now 7... She has always had a more difficult time going poo...) I just make sure their diets are full of things like Apple Juice, raisens, oats, and other high fiber foods... This usually keep them very regular and I don't have to use any kind of medications or anything like that... Yogurt is another good one... Bananas are great too, but be careful b/c TOO Many and they'll bind him up more... I've even given them prune juice which is hit or miss... sometimes they like it, sometimes not so much,LOL! Another good one is pomegranite juice, and... the best one of all... LOTS of water.... Good Luck! :-)

Lisa - posted on 02/07/2011

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I make sure to feed my kids plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, and if they ever need an extra boost, a few prunes always works well. also plenty of water and limit the refined sugars and white flours, that gums you up.
also--some kids just take time, so just schedule that extra time in there for him.

Gale - posted on 02/06/2011

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I always gave my son miralax. Mix a capful into an 8oz cup of water and only give 4oz. My doctor said it was ok to do if constipated. The healthy way is to just get him to drink more water throughout the day.

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