My 16 month old has been constipated and wakes her up during the night. Does anyone have a tip?
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Margaret - posted on 03/06/2010
I know what your going through. My son gets constipated when he drinks whole milk. If you take a tablespoon of light karo syrup and mix it with a 8.oz drink. And the reason I mention light karo syrup is it is more gentle on their stomaches. It really works as soon as my son drinks his 8.oz drink he goes right away .
Jeannie - posted on 03/09/2010
My son started getting constipated at 6 weeks old, and can still get that way today if I don't watch what he eats. He was breastfed, and I watched what I ate. The doctor had me start him on 2 oz. of juice (mixed with 3 oz. of water) at 6 WEEKS!!!
My best advice is get her to eat any of the "P" fruits: Pear, Peaches, Prunes, Plums, pomegranate, etc. The actual fruit is always better than the juice, but I know some kids just don't like it, so juice is a good alternative. Whole grains are a must! Oatmeal is great for going potty, where as rice can stop some kids up. Limit cheese intake, and instead go for yogurts for dairy. Banana's are NOT something a child with this problem needs! Use those for diarrhea! As some of the other Moms said, water is a must. If she doesn't like plain water, then go for flavored. Fruit-2-O, and Nestle, were some of the brands I used for my kids, since there were no additives.
My last suggestion is to put her on a daily fiber supplement. I started my son on one when he was around 18 months, and have blessed them every since! I use the Pedia-lax Gummie Fibers, because they taste good to them (my son, who is 4 still thinks they're candy). Pedia-lax also has a liquid-form stool softener that I keep on hand, just in case.
If none of this helps, contact your doctor.
Good luck, and I hope some of this helps!!
Crystal - posted on 03/10/2010
Wow, you have a lot of good tips here. What makes one constipated is the lack of water, or fluids and not enough fiber in their diet. Try giving your child more fruits and oatmeal. Pack some raisins, prunes, or sliced fruit as a snack when you travel in the car or the like. I hope all these fine points from everyone help. Your pediatrician may have some good ideas if some things don't help. Take care.
Amy - posted on 12/26/2012
For my oldest son, nothing seemed to work. The pediatrician put him on Lactulose to make his bowels move. I think it was like 1 TBSP a day. It worked. He was on it until he was 5!!
Now, having problems with my youngest son (my lil girl had no problems!!). He has had a rough beginning and is on specialized formula due to not being able to digest well. We give him a pribiotic and also give him prunes baby food daily. This has seemed to help.
Poor thing, hope this helps!
Zenobia - posted on 10/04/2012
I am going through the same thing with my 15 month old son. I make creamed Spinach and steamed Spinach and he seems to like that. Veggies and Fruit, applesauce and grapes may help. If that does not work try prune juice maybe like an once or two every night. At that age you can change his diet and she will be fine.
Dora - posted on 10/02/2012
If your child still drinks milk, you can add a little dark Karo syrup to it and that helps. Just enough to barely change the color of the milk is all you need. She may also just be lactose intolerant and if that is the case...only removing the dairy will help her. That was my daughters issue and mine also. Took my daughter being sick for 5 yrs. for us to figure it out. Dr.s just kept running test but not checking her for Celiac Disease either. Celiac also goes along with the dairy issues. You can easily avoid the dairy if that is the problem. If she also has a lot of congestion or mucus that to can be dairy related. Good Luck.
Sammie - posted on 03/12/2010
Have you tried brown sugar put a teaspoon in a bottle or if you bottle feed put some in with that, it helps heaps my 7 week old is consipated cause i've put her on formula, but brown sugar has helped but dont do it very feed jus once a day.. cause once bubby starts it wont stop, its a natural product and its better on their tummys. hope it all goes well,
Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2010
My son was having the same problem when he was little and I used the caro and it work for alittle bit and then his body got use to it and it quit working... Make sure you are not using tap water for anything that she is drinking because the stuff in tap water will cause the same problem.
Debra - posted on 03/11/2010
my daughter is 2 and has had ibs since she was born and i was given fibrogel for her to help but u only need to give a tea spoon in a bottle or juice cup mixed with water and it should help the constipation. many times she has really bad wind so i give her infacol which helps with the wind.
Christy - posted on 03/11/2010
My doctor told me to use Benefiber. You don't need a full dose. Start her on 1/2 tsp. once a day in a bottle of juice or formula. If you need more gradually bring her up but don't use to much. The amount on the container is for an adult. You can also ask your doctor on the amount to use.
Taralee - posted on 03/11/2010
I did not have time to read all the posts....so has anyone recommended mineral oil yet? Many doctors recommend 1 TBSP of mineral oil. It helps to move the bowels, and just in case your little has developed a fisher it will move it through quite softly so as not to hurt the fisher.
Beth - posted on 03/11/2010
my dr told me that dark karo syrup would work...it doesn't take alot look it up in a search engine to find out how much though. also prunes or prune juice will work. if you do the karo syrup though make sure it is the dark though.
Tresa - posted on 03/11/2010
My son is 20 months and he's had problems with constipation since he was born. We tried everything until the doctor finally put him on Miralax. He did have a few explosive problems at first, but after time we figured out the correct dosage for him. Instead of one large dose once a day we give him two or three very small doses through the day. Talk to your doctor about it, its safe to give everday and does not give them cramps like other laxatives or supositories do. Hope this helps
Laura - posted on 03/11/2010
Try glycerin suppositories. I suggest the brand Fleet. They have them for littles ones, they are usually located in the laxative asile. Should get to her poop within a couple of hours. Worked on my newborn and my daughter. Good Luck.
Allison - posted on 03/11/2010
My Pediatrician had to put my son on Miralax, but he is reg. now, and could'nt go before. Also watch how much Milk you're giving, escpeciall if your little one is still on Whole milk...That will pulg them right up in excess. First thing I would do is give a Pedia-Lax fleet suppository, it will make them go in about 15 min. Also they do make a milk called Acidicdoupilis/Bifidus Milk, which is the same thing they use in Activia to promote regularity. My son drinks about a cup a day...no more constipation!!! I am so relieved, I was sooo stressed when he was going through this.
Good luck to you, and yours.
Jenny - posted on 03/11/2010
my dr said that my son is "chronically constipated" so my advice may not be relevant for your situation. The dr recomended something called "Little Tummies" that you can buy at Babies r us or some pharmacies. IIt works wonders- just dont give too much because then it's overkill and way too many diaper changes. Call your dr and ask the nurse her opinion on Little Tummies
Stella - posted on 03/10/2010
Try a little bit of prune juice, like 4 oz. mixed with a teaspoon of butter. Put the butter in the cup of Prune Juice, microwave it so its just warm and the butter melted, mix it and let them drink it, they love the taste! and it will work!
Kelly - posted on 03/10/2010
Caro syrup is what my doctor recommended when my daughter was a few months old. We also discovered that the mineral content of water in certain places would back her up more than the water from our filtered tap, so we switched her formula/drinking water to distilled water until she was off formula. When she was about two, the GI doctor recommended Miralax. We also added Benefiber to most of her liquids because she is an extremely picky eater and that has worked for the most part.
Heather - posted on 03/10/2010
my son is only four months and has that problem. Every morning i give him oat cereal (highest in fiber) mixed with some prunes and a bit of apple sauce on the side.Then in the afternoon I give him a bit of apple prune juice about 4 ozs watered down. My doctor told me im doing the right thing. and that helps my son alot. Your daughter is quite a few months older but alot of prune and apple stuff along with high fiber stuff works great. I'd also try seeing if maybe something your feeding her is causing it. I know stuff really high in iron can back them up. I also give my son lower iron formula.
Tammy - posted on 03/09/2010
I have 2 children with constipation problems. Cut his/her milk consumption down to no more then 16 oz a day, I also give my girls watered down prune juice (infant jar). Another thing you can try is Peg flakes...it's a powder you get from the pharmacist add a teaspoon to a drink. I add mine to the girls milk..it's flavorless and colorless, but it works. Hope this helps...I know I have to keep the dairy to a minimum.
Lorrie - posted on 03/09/2010
I had this same problem with my son....It was horrible not being able to help. After going to several doctors I finally found one that new what he was talking about. My son was constipated for a long time off and on. His bowel got stretched out and the poo would just compact in the pocket that was stretched out. I had to give him senakot for 6 month to give the bowl time to return to normal. he is twelve now and has not had any problems for years. You can get liquid senekot over the counter my son loved it because it was chocolate flavored.
Alison - posted on 03/09/2010
take your little one to the doctors my 2 year old daughter has lactulose solution procribed from the doctors she has to have it every nite b4 she goes to bed to help her go to the loo 10 minites after she has had it if she dont have it she wake up in so much pain screaming the doctor said this is all they can do for her. its so hard cos she hates vegtables the doctor as so told me to give her apples thats ment to help her go as well
Bethany - posted on 03/09/2010
When Charlotte (13 mths) was constipated to the point of crying, I followed my big sister's remedy and it worked like a charm.
A quarter of a teaspoon of brown sugar in 50ml warm water. She drank it all (of course) and her poos softened up the next day. I gave her one dose that night and one the next morning and she was fine after that.
I now make sure she eats her 2 serves of fruit a day and has plenty of fibre, with wholemeal everything and weetbix or porrage for bfast, and has plenty of water about the place to drink. ( She breastfeeds three times a day)
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