Anyone have constipated toddler?

Hazel - posted on 08/01/2012 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old only poos once a week. She has to take Lactulose everyday and I have to insert Micolette every 3rd day to soften the poo till she is old enough to control the constipation herself. I just wanted to know if anyone else ever had these problems? Is their anything else I can do to help her bowl movements?? She hates it when i insert the Micolette as she scream and crys. She does also have prune juice everyday and eats heaps of fruit. Drinks water. Has this ever happen to their toddler and what did they do to help with the constipation?

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Stacy - posted on 08/17/2012

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My three year old had had constipation problems since she was weaned from the breast. I have found that when it has been more than a day giving her half a cap of mirilax works magic. To prevent it I try to give her alot of fruit and she loves fiber one bars! Since I have started her on the bars one time a day she has had no problems

Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2012

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I give my toddler Juice Plus whole food supplements and it's been really helping him. He has been constipated practically since birth.

Susan - posted on 09/14/2012

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Mine did it when she was two. Just as she started potty training, she would try and hold it all the time for some reason she would cry and scream when I made her sit on the tiolet until she went to the bathroom, in less than a minute she was done and felt so much better. Warm liquid asre good too!

Heather - posted on 09/11/2012

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my son had this problem too. I took him to the ER a few months ago because he hadn't gone in 2 weeks and began throwing it up! Yep, it was pretty nasty. Anyways they gave me the suppositories to use, just in case, but suggested that I use sugar water first. I gave him a 4 oz cup of water with a heaping tablespoon of sugar dissolved in it and added a bit of cherry juice (right from the jar of cherries) to make it a bit more appealing to him. Within a couple of hours there was a big 'ole poop! No suppositories necessary! The doctor said he didn't know why this works but people swear by it and now so do I!

Jacqy - posted on 09/03/2012

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My doctor had me start my son on a regimen of miralax when he was on some pain killers for a broken bone. It worked like a charm, she also said benefiber was a good choice if he continued with constipation(he had gone 3 days without passing). Also, store brand enema's are cheap and if you get the go ahead from your doctor, give immediate relief. Just so you know, apples, pears and such will stop her up further. If your doctor says suppositories are the only option, I'd get a second opinion. I was told at the hospital that most pediatricians won't recommend them.

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Rayna - posted on 09/08/2012

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My 9 week old daughter had very hard stools and was screaming while pushing for over 1 week. We gave her Karo syrup....did nothing to help her. We gave her prune juice....it made it worse....she screamed for hours. Finally, I gave her flax seed oil. My pedi recommended 1/2 tsp in every bottle. After 3 or 4 bottles it worked like a charm!

Jessica - posted on 09/05/2012

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THere are a lot of replies and I wanted to share my situation. Not sure if the same solution has already been given. My almost 2 year suffered with constipation from about 5 months on. We tried everything and we ended up having to give her miralax everyday! It worked wonders for her once we got the dose right (about 3/4 adult does). Well we weaned her off her sippy cup and the constipation issue began to solve itself. We then found that we had cut her milk intake from about 20 ounces a day to less than 4. We took her of the miralax now and as long as she has no milk or very little milk she is fine. (we did try to cut out dair when she was much young but all she drank was BM and so I cut out dairy from my diet for over two weeks and it did not seem to help), So far so good on the milk issue here.

Ashley - posted on 08/31/2012

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My daughter is 7 now and has had trouble with constipation for years even though she tries to go every morning, drinks plenty of water, and eats lots of veggies and fruit. My doctor recommended that we use miralax once every other day. It has really worked for its and after a month we were actually down to only needing it once a week. My daughters doctor explained that chronic constipation can enlarge the colon causing the child to not realize when they need to go. The regular use of the miralax allowed her body to get back on a natural rhythm and allowed her colon to get back to a regular size so she can feel when she needs to go now. It had worked wonders for us. I hope it helps you...

Katie - posted on 08/29/2012

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both of my children have this problam. my son started with it as soon as he started solids and my daughter wasnt much older when she became constapated. they both have been to the doctor and hospital several times for it. they are both now on meralax. the perscription name for it is polyethylene glycol. its a flavorless powder u can add to one of her drinks it draws water into her poop to make it easyer to go. It is the only thing that has helped them.

Karen - posted on 08/28/2012

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Try flaxseed oil or flaxseed sprinkled on food. You can buy flaxseeds and use coffee grinder to turn into powder form _ easy to disguise in food. It works very well and no tears.

Tiffiny - posted on 08/27/2012

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try plum juice , thats what my son's pediatrician said to use..... he drank it 2 times and it cleared him out and she said this when he was only 6-9mths. old

Katherine - posted on 08/25/2012

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My son had the same problem, and still occasionally does. We found pears or pear juice worked really well, as well as movicom from the doctors. We gave him one sachet a day for a week, he had a total clear out and isn't scared about it hurting anymore. Doc said to give half a sachet if he begins to get bad again.

Amanda - posted on 08/21/2012

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applesauce twice a day...stay away from dairy and bananas. Natural way to soften the bm. Also, if you use stool softeners and laxatives for awhile she can become dependant on them.

Hazel - posted on 08/18/2012

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Yvonne her poos are hard and large she afraid too push sometimes. Hate seeing her in pain :(

Belinda - posted on 08/17/2012

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My 4 year old has had constipation issues since birth, despite a diet full of fruit and veg. I use culturelle probiotic, metamucil free and clear, and make sure he gets plenty of plain water. If he misses a day, I give a bit of mineral oil in juice or homemade french fries. A bit of coffee in the morning seems to help as well.

Kerri - posted on 08/16/2012

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An apples do help alot if they r to young take the skin off , applesause helps more fruits cheable laxitives help

Kerri - posted on 08/16/2012

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What r u feeding ur child u could maybe make it drink more fliuds an fruits an veggies try adding cheese to the viggies. That may help

Laura - posted on 08/14/2012

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My daughter had the same problem and I was told to give her Miralax once a day mixed with juice, milk or water for 30 days until she started having regular bowel movements. She is also 4. Now she gets it whenever needed. It does work!

Heather - posted on 08/14/2012

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My son has constipation issues since he was born. He is now four we have bren to specialists and everything. He eats very healthy highly active and LOVES water. He takes miralax everyday. You can mix it in anything and its totally tasteless. They never know its in there. I still have to give him the chocolate laxative sometimes but not as offten. His before he started the miralax was HARD and bloody everytime. Now its not as horrible everytime.

Yvonne - posted on 08/14/2012

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I too have 2 children like that one is 19 year old girl and a 5 year old boy.I have just requested testing by my 5 year olds ped. My children had movement after coming home home from the hospital then stopped.My 20 year old still has large stools and saw a ped. gastroenterologist for years off and on. He did not do any in depth testing. I am hoping and praying for some answers.I wish I could give u some. For now just like us u probably just have to keep doing whatever keeps her going. Question are her stools large or small and stringy or normal in size when she does go?

Maggie - posted on 08/14/2012

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Miralax is a brand name for polyethylene glycol. It is a stool softener, but not a laxative. My daughters' doctor recommended it when a high fiber diet wasn't enough.

I have also heard limiting dairy helps for a lot of kids. Lots of people have a difficult time digesting milk.

Hazel - posted on 08/13/2012

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I went to chemist and ask if they had Miralax which they don't sell in New Zealand :( They recommended trying BeneFiber, which she has started taking now for a week. Well she has done poo twice since. That is without taking any medication and not inserting any suppository. BeneFiber is natural product and it will help her move her bowls on her own.

On the medication she wouldn’t do poos for more than a week and then we would have to insert the suppository. BeneFiber you just put it in her water and it still taste like water she can’t tell the difference and she done poos twice without needing the suppository. Thank god.

I'm so happy that I went on this site. It's been so helpful. Thanks to everyone for giving them time for their advice. I do really appreciate.

Marie - posted on 08/13/2012

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My daughter (now 6) had a similar issue I added grape juice and grapes to her diet. Also cut down the milk products such as yellow cheeses and replaces them with high fluid cheeses like mozzarella and cottage cheese mixed with fruit. The issue cleared up un about a month. Good luck

Marie - posted on 08/13/2012

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My daughter (now 6) had a similar issue I added grape juice and grapes to her diet. Also cut down the milk products such as yellow cheeses and replaces them with high fluid cheeses like mozzarella and cottage cheese mixed with fruit. The issue cleared up un about a month. Good luck

Ana - posted on 08/12/2012

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Also, my mom suggested giving my daughter Activia (just a little in her milk or a few teaspoons at breakfast)..it worked..also..

Ana - posted on 08/12/2012

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Yes, my daughter was like that, and sometimes still gets that way..

I give her warm applesause with cinnamon..she loves it and it makes her go.. also I give her mixed with water that new V8 Fruit juice, any flavor really, but that makes her go like quickly...She likes Strawberry Banana.

My mom had me to give her Cod liver oil in mixed in her juice (I got her the lemon flavored one), that works as well, but I have to mix it VERY well or she will detect it and put the cup down..

I really believe that it's her milk that is making her constipated or have hard stools, but it could be meat as well, so I have her get less meat milk and more water and friut juice..
The milk she drinks is Lactaid (the blue one, think it's low fat milk).

Lori - posted on 08/12/2012

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My daughter since birth (she just turned 3) has rarely pooped more than once a week. The doctor we spoke with said that as long as she pooped at least once a week she was not constipated. If it went longer than a week then there was a problem. We tried everything we could to get her to poop more but nothing worked. I would say to not worry unless she goes longer than a week between poops. Good luck.

Deanna - posted on 08/12/2012

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Some people actually only go poop once a week. Is it painful constipation or just once a week she has a poop? It is actually normal to go poop anywhere from 3 times a day to once a week. Have you talked to her doctor about it?

We had to use liquid glycerin. You have to insert it with an oral syringe but it doesn't hurt and works right away.

Rachel - posted on 08/09/2012

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My Daughter used to get constipated often, and also my nephews and neices. My Mother has always sworn by fruit cocktail not made with real fruit juice like some are being made with now but the ones made in the syrup. I always thought how would that work but every time my daughter and neices and nephews are having trouble going to the bathroom we give it to them and within an hour or two they are going with no problem. I always make sure she gets alot of the syrup because I think it is the sugar that gets them going with the fruit.
Hope this helps as it is a simple way to get them going without them having to take medicine or
supositories.

Eleisha - posted on 08/08/2012

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I have a daughter who will be on Miralax probably for a long time. She was born 1 lb 12 oz and 3 months early. So she has had a bumpy ride growing up. She has been having constipation issues since last nov. She had a very severe case of GERDS from birth till last year around nov. So i am guessing this s connected some how. What the Dr has told me about constipation in toddlers. She told me that in a lot of cases a toddler will have a hurtful poo and after that they will hold it in, Even though it looks like they are trying to get it out. Crying turning red sweating squeezing legs and butt cheeks. What they are actually doing is holding it in so they wont hurt. It begins to pack up in their anus and that's when constipation begins. There is an anatomy reason for this but i cant remember the exact. Its something to do with the rectum is stretched out. So my daughter has to take Miralax for a year to get it (rectum) shrinkage back to its normal size. They had to give her an adult enema she was so impacted. Medication carbs lack of activity and things like this cause it. Look it up on google there are many good ideas to help. Oh ya Corn and carrots cause constipation.

Gina - posted on 08/07/2012

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Just saw our pediatrician today and she recommended Miralax, my son is 2.5 yrs so the dosage for him is 1 tbl sp 2x's a day. She said it's sold over the counter and is pretty safe.

User - posted on 08/07/2012

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Hi Hazel,

This sounds like my 13 month old daughter. She's been constipated since birth & I've tried everything to get things moving ... orange juice, prune juice, apple juice, pear juice, chia seeds, flaxseeds. She eats a very healthy diet & drinks water so I don't know what causes the constipation. Our doctor has her on 2 x sachets Movicol a day plus Senna. I haven't started giving her the Senna yet as apparently it causes cramps.
So heartbreaking to see her straining so much that she bleeds :( The doctors have been of absolutely NO help to us.

Bobby - posted on 08/07/2012

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I am a nurse and definitely not a good idea to give children medications to help them go to the toilet unless a last resort and advised by a paediatrician. Take a look at her diet, exercise levels, etc and people have their own toileting routine and this can be quite normal - if she doesn't have pain, bloating, etc then this is prob the norm for her......good luck!

Erin - posted on 08/05/2012

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I give my son miralax everyday. prune juice was back him up so i stopped with that and oonly miralax.. its good for long period of use. won't hurt her. works wonders

Senia - posted on 08/04/2012

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I feel for you. My daughter is 5 years old and still has this problem. She'll wait to go and by then it hurts her to go which just makes it that much worse. Along with fruits and veggies throughout the day, sometimes a little KARO in her milk, we sit her down on the toilet at the same time every day and encourage her to try to go. Prop her feet up comfortably on a stool so she's not swinging her feet, give her a little kids book to concentrate on, and then just let her know she doesn't have to push, she just needs to let it fall out. It's been working. :)
A bowel "movement" moves on its own through the body with little effort needed by the individual. So encouraging the lil one to not hold it but to just let it fall out puts them more at ease. I would say though, sometimes she can be there for up to half hour or more, but it gets better because on a schedule her body reads it as "time to go". I hope this helps. :)

Bernadette - posted on 08/03/2012

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Pear juice is also pretty good, and tastes a bit nicer than prune juice. It can be a bit hard to find though, or where I live it is anyway. Finally found it though, not in bottles in the juice aisle, but in tins where you find fruit nectars. It is 100% so no added sugars. Another thing I do is add a handful of sultanas to their breakfast every day. My kids (while it's winter anyway) have been having porridge for breakfast each day. I usually soak the sultanas in water for an hour or so first, as this makes them plump up to be fat and juicy again. Seems to make a difference .

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My daughter is the same age and we've been dealing with chronic constipation since she was 6 months. You're doing a lot of what I would recommend already, the prune juice and fruit will definitely help. We also give our daughter a probiotic, which we just added recently and has made a HUGE difference, the best improvement in 3 years. If your daughter tends to hold it in due to pain, I would try the miralax just till she gets more regular, sort of like clearing out a clog. If it's as serious as it sounds though I would consider seeing another doctor, because it should not be a life long problem unless she has a condition. Both of my daughters and I have gluten sensitivities, which can cause chronic constipation among other things. I would try to find the cause of the problem as that will make it easier to fix. Good luck, it's a tough thing to go through when your little one is uncomfortable or even in pain, so best wishes to you both.

Kristin - posted on 08/03/2012

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Might be a total over simplification but I'd be inclined to make it a big celebration whenever poo happens, clap my hands, "yay!!" and give big hugs....same techniques I used on potty training...but to try and make it a joyful experience rather than focusing on the pain part of it...hope it gets better!!!

Kristin - posted on 08/03/2012

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Well, when I was pregnant an apple a day sure helped me out!! My daughter loves eating apples and hasn't been constipated...so maybe that?

Tammy - posted on 08/02/2012

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My daughter had the same issue the doctor had her on miralax every day.
She continued to have problems and eventually had an MRI that determined a tethered spinal cord... She had surgery to untether the cord and has been fine since...

Hailey - posted on 08/02/2012

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My son has exactly the sme issues! We heard all sorts of different things from doctors and finally fought to get him seen by a proper pediatrician with dietary experience. He said its very normal for kids to have issues with bowels and its just a matter of training their muscles to work properly. When you give medicines like lactulose and supositories they stimulate the bowels as well and your child doesn't have to do it on their own. The average person needs 10 grams of fibre a day, we were told to make sure he gets closer to 15 and eats at least one apple or pear every day with the skin. He also started my son on restoralax (same as miralax I think) which is like a fibre booster and will help draw water into the bowels and make it softer, but won't actually stimulate them so you child learn to do it on their own and is better in the long run. We're using it for 6 months and then have a follow-up to see how everything has improved and learn how to wean him off the restoralax. Good luck with your daughter, I hope my similar experience can help as I know how frustraing and hard it is to deal with. Not fun seeing your child in pain :(

Hazel - posted on 08/02/2012

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Heather, anything I give to my daughter recommended by my local doctor. I wont giveher Micolax without my doctors consent first.

My daughter does not drink coffee or soda. She drinks heaps of water through out the day and have a cup prune juice a day. I give her fruit through out the day like kiwi fruit or apple which she loves. Nothing seems to work. I just wanted to no if anyone else have the same problem and I will speak to my doctor before I try anything..

Its been going on now for 5 month and its not getting any better. My doctor mention she will be constipated for the rest of her life. Im worried whats going to happen when she goes to school when she turns 5 years old. Right now she in kindy and I cant let her go all the time as she has to stay home and to do poos. She starts to play up as she is pain. Hate seeing her like this as their must be something else I can do to help her.

Heather - posted on 08/02/2012

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Are you doing all of this to your daughter with the advice from her pediatrician? I hope so...

Try giving her foods, other than prune juice, that can help her to poop. Give her more foods with fiber in them, veggies, fruit, etc. NO soda, no coffee, etc. Just Milk and water to drink, and a little juice. Apple anything can make her constipated.

Hazel - posted on 08/02/2012

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No, my doctor has never mention anything about Micalax but I just had a look on their site and it sounds good. I will mention it to my doctor, and give it a go, thanks heaps :)

Amber - posted on 08/02/2012

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has your Dr. suggested Miralax? My daughter has had trouble for a long time even with lots of fiber and lots of water.

Hazel - posted on 08/02/2012

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Hi Gina, I hate inserting the suppositories too. My girl cry and scream when we are about to insert it but it helps too soften the poos. That is why I'm wanting to no of other mother that are in the same situation and if their is any other alternative.

I will try the bath follow by a tummy and back massage. Thanks:)

Gina - posted on 08/02/2012

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My 2.5 year old just started having this problem recently, I tried children's suppositories and would not recommend them to other moms, my little guy was crying and running in circles once I put it in, so I felt scared that he might be in pain, and worse of all they didn't help at all! I think I may have put it in incorrectly or who knows, but he still didn't go. I read that avoiding lactose products like milk, cheese etc. is a good way to prevent constipation, as well as regular intake of probiotic supplements and/or foods that contain digestive enzymes and probitotics.

A warm soothing bath followed by a relaxing tummy and back massage may help. Also sometimes toddlers who are beginning potty training are more prone to have constipation due to the fact that they learn to hold their poop for longer periods of time, (just to avoid having to go use the toilet). I find this to be true because my little one just started potty training and seems to love going pee pee but is very difficult to get him to even admit that he has to go #2, I don't know why they just don't enjoy the feeling I guess, so they figure they can hold it forever!

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