Doing a toddler enema

Kathy - posted on 05/07/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I'm almost embarrassed to acknowledge I've never given either of my children an enema but now I have to and am dreading it! Any helpful hints? My 2-year-old daughter has been having bowel problems for 1 1/2 weeks now and after speaking with her doctor (we've tried glycerin suppositories and mineral oil), he wants me to do this enema. I couldn't find the mineral oil enema so he said to go ahead and give her a regular one. I'm thinking having her on her tummy will be the best way to do it but I have no idea how long it should take before I see results and she feels better. How much of a mess is it and should I do it on towels and blankets I can just throw away? I'm hoping this will work-I'm at my wits end!

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Kathy - posted on 05/07/2009

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Either I didn't do it right or she's got an obstruction somewhere. Hardly anything came out and she's still screaming and squatting when she has the urge. I feel like a failure I couldn't get it to work. Now I'm afraid she's got a tire from a Hot Wheel or a hair barrette somewhere in her system. Thanks for your tips gals!

Summer - posted on 04/14/2012

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Seriously.... what happened, please tell me you took her IN TO THE DOCTOR !!!

Summer - posted on 04/14/2012

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have her get on all 4s but her shoulders/chest to the floor.... insert the enema tip, a few inches and squeeze in the liquid.... make her stay in that position for several minutes.... she should poop in LESS THAN 10 Min... more like 5 min....

Rachael - posted on 04/14/2012

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sounds like your little one needs to go to the hospital for a clean out. They insert an NG tube and run go-lytely (the person who named the stuff had a sense of humor) the medicine will make her poop poop poop by chiseling away at any hard poop stuck in her colon. and helping it come out. Good luck!

Kattiie - posted on 05/07/2009

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You have to have her lay on her left side with her knees to her chest. it's a lot easer and more comfortable for her. Poor baby!!! Good luck

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Danny - posted on 08/12/2014

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My mom gave me and my siblings enemas quite often. I was more prone to constipation, and consequently I got more than my share of enemas. I think I was about 3 when I can remember getting an enemas over my mom's lap. I didn't like them, but when I got
the cramps from constipation I was happy to have mom get rid of them with a little enema. When I had a cold and was in bed, mom would get out the enema bag,, take me into the bathroom, and took off my pajamas for one or two enemas. She would mix up a soap suds enemas using Ivory soap, which worked good, followed by another enema, which she would give me on my back on the bathroom floor and rubbed my tummy so I would take more of the enema. I was always rewarded with some ice cream and cookies, after the enemas. She was always gentle and loving when she gave me enemas which lasted through puberty and into my teens.

Follow your doctor's directions and you might ask a neighbor who has had experience
in giving enemas to help you. Being the youngest (boy) in the family, I became very used to mom taking me into the bathroom, for a good cleansing enema, which I began to enjoy through high school..
Danny

Suzi - posted on 07/18/2014

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So long as you clamp her butt closed as you withdraw the injector, and make sure she retains the solution for at least 5 minutes [that's the hard part - keeping them compliant but not impatient!], the "mess" will go in the toilet - guarantee she will do a ton of smelly stuff

Tanya - posted on 04/12/2012

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SO DON'T LEAVE US HANGING! What happened? Did she actually have blockage?

And why are you embarrassed to say you haven't given your kids an enema? I have 4 sons ranging from 25 to 3 and never gave one to any of them! Our second son would go for a week or so without a BM, but that seemed to be "normal" for him...he's now a completely healthy 15 year old and goes more often than that (although I don't keep track any more!).

I hope things are well for your baby! :)

April - posted on 05/07/2009

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Have her try to hold it in as long as she can rather than going right away....a lot to ask of a 2 year old. I agree- the left side is best.

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