I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter who is extremely constipated and has such a hard time passing a bowel movement. Very solid and she bleeds and screams in pain. Her doctor continues to blow me off as though I should not be concerned. I am switching Peditricians because I need someone to listen to me. Has anyone had this experience.

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Tessa - posted on 10/22/2013

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I have a 2 1/2 yr old she has such a hard time going off with screens and squeezing it in as long as 6 days at a time. I'm using duphalac to soften but it don't work because scared of the process. I will try the miralax. We try to do everything right but she have this for over a year. Please help me from a mom to a mom.

Christina - posted on 10/04/2010

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we went through this too. The Miralax worked, although I would agree that if she is extremely constipated you want to use either a kids enema or a glycerine sapository (they come in pediatric size, it's what I used for my daughter) to soften things up before starting the Miralax. Our family Dr. recommended that we stay on the Miralax for 9 months or so in order for her to get in a normal routine of having bowel movements that aren't painful and for her to have enough time to forget what it was like before. Then we gradually tapered off. In our case, she was holding it until she became constipated rather than it being a dietary or biological issue. . . so we also gave consistent rewards every time she pooped.

Rob - posted on 11/13/2013

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hi
our boy was a 25 week prem and had poo problems from day one, at 3ys he'd scream in pain it was big and hard it was horrific just for us, I read a lot of forums on this common problem and found some similarities. firstly he started having a little staining in his nappy I mentioned this to our doctor who said he is not retaining water so poo hard he gave us actilose you can buy it at the chemist'
this helped but was still bad so after checking forums I noticed everyone talking about foods like prunes, pairs etc we found stawberrys and orange juice worked a little. So I'd had enuf and so decided if some foods work on different kids why not mix them up so I got prunes, strawberrys, dried apricots and pear pieces and orange juice into a blender and blended into a smooth paste (say 4 pieces of each fruit and half a cup of orange juice). This made quite a bit and can be frozen. I then gave him 3-4 baby teaspoons each day.
It tasted sweet and sour and my boy liked it anyway I thanked god after that cause it really worked it was absolutely amazing. withing 3 months he was and is still pooing better than me. I can;t talk about this enuf try it it works

Mj - posted on 10/06/2010

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oh me! my pediatrician keeps on telling me, FLUIDS, FLUIDS, FLUIDS! My boy drinks enough water and yet get constipated all the time. When we went to another pediatrician, she made me buy LILAC, it's laxative that is okay for kids. It should be taken on regularly, before bedtime.The effect is not that strong to shock kids, it is made just to soften the stools tolerable enough for them to pass.

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Debbie - posted on 01/19/2014

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Give her some warm boiled water with a tea spoon of sugar in it one a day will loosen her without causing any discomfort.i swear by this and it has worked for everyone I know.vassaline on her bottom will help to.

Nicole - posted on 01/10/2014

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My 2 1/2 year old son is exactly like this I am quite worried doctors also palming me off tried allsorts of different diets foods etc nothing seems to help!! I'm concerned its going to end up doing some internal damage I won't be aware of beginning to wonder if he has a delicate stomach as he's appetite isn't great and is sick with some foods so worried and getting nowhere with it!

Suzi - posted on 12/28/2013

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Try and get an appointment with a pediatric gastroenterologist - they'll definitely take it seriously, and make sure there's no underlying serious condition. (They won't necessarily "cure" it, though - personal exp.)

Maelinanntooley - posted on 11/09/2013

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Its crazy because my son is 2years old and been trying to go to the bathroom but the only thing is he has to shake he's legs back and forth rocking to can't get the doo doo out crying I gave him prune jucie it cum out but water like no doo doo he get water 'fruit s when can' oatmeal fruit jucie 100%bread its like wat the f***k my baby in pain wat to do ?Rube he's belly back helps alittle but wat else is there ???

Ashlee - posted on 10/07/2010

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my daughter is the same and she is 2 my doctor game me some saches they are called movicol-half i just put it in her juice and it softens her poo i also give her prunes and custard just 1 or 2 prunes even prune juice if she will drink it

SARAH - posted on 10/04/2010

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drink, drink, drink...i always make sure my little ones drink lots and lots. keep offering drinks at every opportunity, make sure they always have a cup handy. my youngest boy lives on fruit and veg (apart from milk and morning porridge) and now has no problems at all. good luck. i know how awful it is when they are like that. x

Stephanie - posted on 10/04/2010

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Check out this website: http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/commoninf...
This looks like another great source of information: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081100...
Check this one too:http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content...

My ex's daughter had that problem. She would do the same thing!! It was awful. The doctor had him purchase something that you can get at Walmart. It was that simple. It is a bottle that was purple& pink. I can not remember the name of it for the life of me. I'm waiting for a response from him so I can tell you. In the meantime, check out the sites above and see if they may be of any help. Good luck! And MOST definitely CHANGE doctors!!! That is a Dr. that is in it for the money, not for the real purpose!

Fallon - posted on 10/04/2010

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Omg! This happened with my daughter too (and she was much younger! Approx 9 months old!) She loves to eat Cream of Wheat cereal for breakfast, and at first I thought this was the cause of her constipation (since it was so high in Iron), but everythign we tried to soften her stool didn't help (not prunes, or prune juice or anything else). Eventually it seemed to work itself out of her, especially after a bout of gastro which had her pooping 7 times a day for like three weeks. So we went from one extreme to the other. But now that hte gastro has passed, her bowels are soft and regular so I am not sure what would have caused hte constipation in the first place. Going forward, though, I am certainly very cautious of what is going in to her mouth and I try to keep her diet regular and balanced. So far, so good.

Oh, and I have since taken her off dairy and switched her to soy milk when she has her bottle at night, all of this was around hte same time frame....

Kelly - posted on 01/09/2009

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We did see our doctor who we first took our daughter to as a baby. He was wonderful! He told us to buy a JR Fleet Enema and give that to her and then start the Miralax. Life has been wonderful since we started the Miralax. She no longer screams in pain and has regular bowel movements.

Julie - posted on 01/09/2009

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My son has had problems with constipation since he started on solid foods, and he is now 3 1/2.  I give him Miralax every other day.  When I try to decrease is he goes back to being constipated.  His doctor said that Miralax is perfectly safe. and that is can be difficult to control contipation in a young child due to finicky eating.  It is better that a laxative, i.e. mineral oil, because your body can become dependent on the laxative in order to pass your bowels.  I also massage his belly...circles going clockwise and rubbing across from right to left in line with his belly button.  I have also heard that taking a rectal temp can stimulate bowels.  I would definatley get a new doctor.  I switched doctors for the same reason.  Good luck!

Jean Marie - posted on 01/05/2009

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My son had issues as a new born!! I was breastfeeding, so that can make babies go less but it was a week!! We did a few suplmental bottles, the dr told us to do bottles half formual and half prune juice, ie 2 oz formual 2 oz prune juice 2 x a day this helped wit hconstipation but not the breast feeding!! He quit nursing at 4 months old. Occasionally he has a problem but I keep a close eye on his diet, plenty of fruit!! Grapes work the best for us!! and drink plenty of fluids!!!

Lisa - posted on 01/05/2009

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My oldest daughter had the same problem. When I talked to her doctor about it she told me to put a tsp. of Benefiber in her juice every day. After about a week or 2 she was going to the bathroom with no problems.

Tara - posted on 01/05/2009

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I have been there. It is not fun. I beleive the doctor gave me a stool softner which we used for a while but ultimately to get self reliant on it. It takes so longs for your kid to get constipated and will take a bit for them to undo it, the bowels get used to it plus your kid hold back longer which makes it worse. I found cheerios high refined foods did not help. Eat lots of grapes,rasins,water,whole wheat toast,veggies etc. It will pass and she will grow out of it. sometimes there digestive track takes a while to develop. Oh yeah Milk did not help the situation. since 6 months we have had problems. after putting her on formula. so she is just started to poop regulary she is going to be 3 in april. But is not interested in pooping on the potty but would rather in her diaper. It has takin our kids a couple years to figure out they go in a diaper and it takes time for them to adjust to doing something else. Hope I helped someone with my ramblings. Great day to all

Chantelle - posted on 01/05/2009

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I had a constipation problem when my bub was about 4 mths old. No longer though. What I was told to do was disolve 1 tablespoon of sugar in a hot bottle. After she drank the bottle it took about 4-6 hours before her motion was looser. I'm not sure if your 2.5 yr old has bottles but you can still do the same with a cup of water. I'm not sure that this would be a long term fix but if it helps for now until you see a pediatrician why not give it a go to ease your daughters pain.
Good luck with it.

Tasha - posted on 01/04/2009

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My daughter (28 months) was having the same problem. Her pediatrician told me to give her 1/4 tsp of Miralax every other day. Also try to make sure she drinks more water and fruit juices. I would definitely switch doctors.

Brandy - posted on 01/04/2009

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I have had this expreience and continue to deal with it daily. My child is now 7 and has had consitpation problems since he was a baby. Our pediatrician recommended Miralax and it has helped greatly. We also went to specialist at Arkansas Children's Hospital who gave us greater input on what to do, watch for and how to fluctuate doseage amounts to my son's needs. Speak to your new pediatrician about this product. It was what got my son past the fears of having a bowel movement, He was so afraid of the pain that he would literally keep himself from going.

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Wow, I wish I had all these great ideas and suggestions when my daughter was going through the same type of thing when she was 2.5yrs. I simply gave her quite a lot of water to drink and tried not to give her cheesy type things. When she was sitting on the toilet though I remembered my grandma (10 kids and 36 g.children + ggc) would rub in circles the base of our spine, as we were sitting on the toilet, as our torso was laying on our legs. Sounds very weird and old wives tale, I know, but it helped me when I was a tot and my daughter begged me to do it for her.

Shannon - posted on 01/04/2009

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Our daughter had the same problem, we were blown off by the doctors as well, and discovered on a trip to Rome that our daughter doesn't digest milk well.

We took soy with us so we wouldnt have to find milk when we got down there, and THAT night, she had her first normal BM in 9 months. No tears, no screaming, no blood.

It breaks my heart to know that the solution was that simple, seeing her go through that pain for months was terrible.

We switched to soy when we got home and she hasn't been constipated once since then, almost a year later.

Alison - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son is 2 and has the same problem every so often - that he then decides to hold in his bowel movements....I use Mineral Oil put a certain amount (can't quite remember how much right now) into his juice and it seems to loosen him up nicely.....They make a mineral oil that is for children my pharmacist recommended it.

Mandee - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hi Kelly! My daughter is also 2 1/2 years old and I recently took her to our pediatrician for the same thing. She recommended that I buy Miralax...it is a laxative in the form of a powder. You can buy it over the counter. I put 1/2 a capful of it in my daughters juice or milk, or whatever she is drinking, once a day. It has no taste, so she doesn't even know it's in there. It has helped tremendously!!!! You might want to give it a try!!

Christina - posted on 01/02/2009

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You made me realize how lucky I am to have a good family doctor. We are going the Miralax route with my 3yr old daughter who has the same issue. I had already tried sneaking as much fiber as possible into her diet without much effect. She seemed to have learned that it hurt to poop, so even when she wasn't actually constipated she was holding it in until things got so hard that it was painful to go. I only give about half of the children's dose of Miralax. We are doing it as a daily thing for now. Our Dr suggested keeping her on it for several months until she has had a good chance to establish good bathroom habits and has gotten used to it NOT hurting when she goes. Then we can wean her off of it. She is doing so much better after just a few weeks of this. Best of luck!

Emily - posted on 01/01/2009

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poor girl. I have had a simular problem previously and it is no joke. Try a liquid calcium / magnesium supplement that contains about 50% magnesium. My midwives reccomended it after my son was born. Also, make sure she is getting several cups of water a day. Cut out dairy and white flour products at least until she is regular (those things are frequently constipating.)

I agree with letting her go in a warm/ hot bath if she feels comfortable doing that.

Stephanie - posted on 12/31/2008

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try putting her in the tub with some warm water when you see her trying to go, this will releave the pain and it will pass easier. you will have to clean the tub after but it will help until you can find the solution for it. also try increasing her juice and fruit intake no apples, apple sauce, rice, those all bind up , cut back on the milk cause it can bind them up.

Jenny - posted on 12/30/2008

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I thought I posted something but I guess I didn't join first, so here is the short story...Miralax made my son temperamental so had to stop using it. We tied the hard stool to MILK, glasses of milk. He still eats/drinks dairy, yogurt, Greek yogurt, cheeses, ice cram, sour cream,...just not glasses of milk. We found soy and goats(believe it tor not!)milk to be great substitutes. He had been doing great until he went out to eat with Grandma and she forgot chocolate milk was milk too! I forgot how painful it had been for him, bath w/ baking soda, Vaseline around his bottom and allowing him to squat when going really help us through the hard times. After such an incident he does not go willingly to the potty. So I'm sure to make time to try to go a few times a day(as not to get backed up), books, private time and even some bath toys, to make him comfortable and let him know it was OK to be back on the potty(who wants to go after it has been so painful). Our Pediatrician is aware with our plan and glad we found something that works for us. Hope this helps, not a Dr. just a mom and it really works for us!

Tracey - posted on 12/30/2008

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hi there. my daughter is 10 and has the same problem for 5yrs. i kept being told its nothing to worry about. easy for them to say. luckily enough my surgery had a new kiddie doctor. finally someone is listening. he gave her lactulose solution and movicol-half. its not very nice tasting but she knows its helping her. which have helped her alot. theres nothing worse than seeing ur child in pain. keep pushing for a second opinion. this doctor want to see safi again to se how she is. the other one didnt seem to care. hope this helps. goodluck. happy new year.

Christy - posted on 12/29/2008

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My 3 year old is like this and I am so frustrated for him. Our biggest problem is that he doesn't eat a lot. He is in a feeding therapy group. Anyhow, he eats only a handful of things and so I am wondering if anyone has ideas of things to add to yogurt or milk that he wouldn't taste but would help soften his stools. I have done the childrens stool softeners too and that does seem to help but I don't want to give that to him all the time...he cries when he tries to go. The other night he had it about halfway out and couldn't push it the rest of the way. How do you tell a 3 year old how to push... And definitely change doctors...your pediatrician should listen to your concerns and not blow you off. Any concern you have about your child is worthy of being respected and listened to with care.

Karen - posted on 12/29/2008

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My 5 year old daughter has been chronically constipated since she started solid foods. I give her Miralax regularly. It helps alot because if she is constipated, she also complains about being uncomfortable when she pees. If the back end is working good, it helps the front end too. Hope this helps .

Christina - posted on 12/29/2008

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I have a 2 yr old son who has the same problem...I tried prunes and anything else they said would help soften his stools but with no luck. They told me to wipe him while he's pushing and that will help stimulate him. I have also had to go in and physicall remove a few stools that were visible but just too hard and big for him to get them out. The one thing that I have found that works is I give him a children's laxative every so often that I bought at our local pharmacy. It doesn't completely rid the probelm but it seems to soften the stools. With my old peditrician who wouldn't listen, I collected samples if I knew we were having a dr. appt in a day or so and put them in a baggie and took them in so they didn't think I was loosing my mind lol. I know it's kind of gross but when your child's in paid like that you do what you have to. Also I was told to try to stay away from cheese as this is a well known food to "clog" them up. I hope this helps some. I would certainly switch drs ASAP. Good luck!!

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