Doing a toddler enema

Kathy - posted on 05/07/2009 ( 9 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 !!!

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!

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....

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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.

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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