I need help my son is having troubles going #2 I have tried laxatives but its not worked help

Jessica - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My son has not be able to go #2 and I have tried laxatives but it seems to make him uncomfortable I dont now what else to do

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Toni - posted on 11/28/2009

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half juice/half water several times a day keeps them hydrated and they won't get bored with what they are drinking. worked wonders for my daughter! they chug it because it is a little sweeter that water without the sugar rush, and with the laxitives in him and not enough fluid can actually make it harder for him to go #2.

Di - posted on 11/28/2009

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hi, my daughter was the same. make sure he gets water as well as his milk. maybe a change in formula. "nan gold" is really good

Kelly - posted on 11/28/2009

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Hi, firstly I would recommend you take your son to see the doctor just to be on the safe side. Using any type of laxative on a child so young can lead to many problems. My son had the same problem only going once every three to four days. His #2's were very hard and uncomfortable at times. This lead to other issues such as not wanting to eat a lot due to feeling full and he became very, very moody. We visited our doctor and found he had an extended bowel. This is quite common in boys (so our Doc informed us) and in Brynn's case first started when his was sick about a month prior. The bowel stretches and when the child finally goes to the toilet they normally strain and their #2's can be quite large.. To cut a long story short Brynn has to take benefibre and a lemon drink mixture every day. I should mention this issue (in most cases) is not related to diet. I hope this helps.

Tammy - posted on 11/28/2009

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For a child that is 4 1/2 yrs old and way past the potty-training stage, go talk to a doctor because there could be more a problem here than him just not wanting to go. When they say nothing is wrong just give him laxatives, keep taking him back until they figure out why it is happening. My daughter had problems all her life and drinks certain types of tea to help now that she is an adult. She has an enlarged colon that makes it harder to go. She would get irritable, bloat and even smell from not going.
I also watched a 7 yr old boy whose poop was too hard which caused pain when he went so he saw a doctor on a regular bases for it. He took a orange fiber drink at my house every morning that helped soften to make it easier for him to go. It would be something he would have to fight all his life.
Sometimes a quick fix of prune juice or laxatives aren't enough so please talk to your doctor.

Katherine - posted on 11/27/2009

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if you take him a bath and get him relaxed then just massage his legs slowly and his lower back in cirlcles helps alot...

Carol - posted on 11/27/2009

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Giving my four year old a daily dose of aloe vera juice is what worked to keep him regular. Also, just pushing high fiber foods as well.

Holli - posted on 11/27/2009

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It depends how old he is, but you could try yogurt. We give my daughter 1/2 cup of yogurt every 2-3 days and it helps her stay regular. If he's really young they sell baby yogurt in some grocery stores, I've seen it at walmart.

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Is the problem he is constipated, or is it that he just doesnt want to do #2 on the toilet?

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Jamie - posted on 11/26/2009

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When my son is having trouble i give him a teaspoon of dark cairo syrup. you can find it at any grocery store in the syrup isle. i just mix with his bottle and with in an hour he goes. it's very safe and effective. hope it works for you if you should try it.

Georgina - posted on 11/26/2009

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I dont know if this will help but feed him muesli bars this seems to give my son the shits for some reason I'm not sure why though.

Dawn - posted on 11/26/2009

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not sure how old he is, you could try prune juice if he will take it, or if he is on the toilet try about 30 mins after he has eaten and let him blow bubbles or try blowing up a balloon. they help him not too overstrain and distract him a little too xxx good luck

Janeen - posted on 11/26/2009

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mush up an organic prune with hot water and gently feed to him. you want the prune preservative free as some react to preservatives with painful wind.

Laura - posted on 11/26/2009

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try miralax, but it takes six weeks of use. we had to do this with all of my kiddos, you do the full does of 17g until soft stool comes and then about half does for the 6 weeks and the apple and pear juice help also

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my 2 year old had this problem and so do my sisters 3 children ages 3, 4, 7 11. My sister only tries the laxatives and her kids still scream when hey have to go. I took my son to a gastro dr. and he is on a laxative 1 time a day when he gets stopped up, BUT we had to cut out all sugar. Some toddlers and babies get too much in their juice or if they get candy. Since we cut out all extra sugar my son goes every day...unless he has too much cheese or sometimes he just gets stopped up and we give him the laxative 2x a day. I used to have to hold his legs up for him to be able to get it out, he is now potty trained almost fully and I have to say the sugar cut down has worke wonders, my sister uses the laxative but her kids live on sugar and they all 3 still have the problem. But I say your child id your child and if you can't figure out a solution see a specialist.

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Hi, My daughter has had this problem ever since she was born...We tried everything that the Ped recommended, glycerin suppositories, another oil base drink BUT Miralax has been the only one that has worked wonder for her. I have tried it myself and its great because it doesn't give you the cramps that other laxatives give you. It just softens the stool and makes it easier for them to push it out. You should ask the doctor first though but that is the only thing that has worked for her thus far.
Good luck :)

Ali - posted on 11/25/2009

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My children have suffered from constipation so I put Benefibre in their juice every morning. It is tasteless so they don't even know it's there. You can also get something called Peglyte which is over the counter but kept behind the pharmacy. I would check with your doctor first before you give them that though to determine what dosage they need. The benefibre works great.

Shayla - posted on 11/25/2009

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I know it sounds silly but my son had the same problem and my mother told me:



If still in the infant stages, lay him on his back and lift his legs as if you were going to change him, rub the area below his balls and even slightly on the anus without penetration though.



Also, try tummy massage with thier legs in this position. I used to get all excited with my little one and ask him if he was going to make poopies for mommy. Dumb, I know but it worked after the first few tries.



When he was old enough to eat them, we got him some fig newton cookies. They love them for one and usually the very next day they will be relieving themselves. Just make sure you limit it to 2 cookies the first day and at most the second or you could have some opposite problems.



This still works for both my little ones when they get bunged up.

Christina - posted on 11/25/2009

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How old is he? If he's an infant and you're breastfeeding try eating yogurt yourself everyday with live active cultures ..if he's a big boy give him some. It works better and smoother than anything else !!

Michelle - posted on 11/25/2009

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My son had so much trouble with that since I started trying to potty train him. The doctor recommended Miralax but that took long before he got any relief. Now I give him Pediasure with fiber daily and that helps keep him regular.

Ellie - posted on 11/24/2009

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Baby massage worked wonders wen my lil man had probems and also prune juice or diluted pure juice.

Brittany - posted on 11/24/2009

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some babies dont go everyday...if hes trying to poo and cant get it out and is in pain...i suggest helping him...push on the muscle between the balls and anus and itll help him get it out otherwise let him do his own thing

Jessica - posted on 11/24/2009

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my son has issues with this too and has since he was one and he is now 4. our GI doctor put him on miralax twice a day till his stools are almose runny (to help his body know to go without strain) also we had to do potty sits 10 min after eating.,....take him to the potty after eating and have him sit for a few min. to releive pressure. that is if he is of age to be on the potty. but of course if you are conserned you should see your doctor even ask to be refered to a GI docl.

Sally - posted on 11/23/2009

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We have had good luck with Miralax. Also, glycerin suppositories when things are really bad, but talk to the pediatrician first.

Bonnie - posted on 11/23/2009

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Prune juice and Karo syrup. Suppositories are good too, but I really wouldn't recommend using them without talking to the doctor first.

Brandy - posted on 11/23/2009

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Laxatives can be extremely dangerous for babies. Make sure you don't give him any kind of laxative without talking to a doctor first. My daughter has only been constipated a couple of times but I just bought the apple and prune juice in the tiny jars in the baby aisle and only gave her half the jar and it worked for her.

Kelli - posted on 11/23/2009

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Try Miralax-find it in the grocery store or Target. Clear,tastless and you add it to whatever your child drinks. Once a day and you get regular results. We use it daily on our son who also had issues with #2.

Julie - posted on 11/23/2009

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there are baby enemas, or more fibre to his diet, more water, prune juice. or the doctor.

Samantha - posted on 11/23/2009

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my son was the same sometimes he wouldnt go for up to 2 weeks i tried everything but nothing worked .my doctor told me it was just his way and to stop worring as he was not in pain now he is nearly 6 and will still only go once a week but he is a fine healthy boy . so i stopped worryiny. if ur son isnt in pain i wouldnt worry too much about it, hope this helps

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