any tips on toddler constipation

Mandy - posted on 07/04/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I have an 18 month old girl who is/has been VERY constipated, I am giving her prune juice, lots of fruit, whole grain bread etc but nothing seems to be working, I also massage her tummy and try and push her legs to her stomach when she is trying to go but nothing helps, any ideas??

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Anne - posted on 07/30/2010

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i used prunes the ones that we wrapped in single servings, it took about 24 hours for it to go through his system.

Jennifer - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son has had problems since he stopped baby foos and started normal foods - he is 5 now and still has some issues. Doctor recommeded the drops in his juice (didn't work too well) and also Plum juice (worked the best). We now make sure he has the plum juice every other day. If he gets constipated now camomile tea (can buy in any grocery store) helps sooth his belly and the doctor recommended it also.

Nikki - posted on 07/10/2010

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pediatric glycerin suppositories ... trust me, I'm a pediatric nurse :) Just don't use them too often ...

Kim - posted on 07/09/2010

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I use 1 tsp of Miralax per day for my 19 month old (per his pediatrician's advice) & it works like a charm. Ask your pediatrician if you ahould try it as well.

Amanda - posted on 07/09/2010

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I also use Miralax on my 2 year old son (advised by his doctor) and for the most part it works but as soon as I stop giving it to him he stops going again. Good luck, I know for us it is a horrible feeling to watch our baby have to push so hard his face turns beet red.

Gwen - posted on 07/08/2010

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My daughter has the same issue. Pear juice (the organic "pulpy" kind) and prunes helps when things aren't going well but the gummy fiber has kept her regular for the last 6 months or so much to our relief (and her's!). Target and Wal-Mart both carry them.

Candace - posted on 07/08/2010

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my friend is going thru this same thing, the doctor told her to give him more water, and if you are going to give him juice give him apple juice, the natural sugars are to help soften the stool.. i hope that this works !!

Jamie - posted on 07/07/2010

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@ jenee....hope it worked out well..if nothing seems wrong when you take him to the pedi, maybe its like i said...try the q-tip. good luck =)

Lindsey - posted on 07/07/2010

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try codliver oil -just a little bit- if the taste is too awful try a quick swing of juice afterwards or a popsicles. they also sell little wax suppositorys you can use at most all pharmacys

Jenee - posted on 07/06/2010

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My son has had this problem since he was an infant. Just recently it has become a problem. We have tried like your prune jusice and such. Cutting out everything that could have caused it. We went to our doctor and he told us to try like a previous poster stated Miralax. It hasn't worked for my son. So we are calling out pedi tomorrow. He will most likely have to go see a gastro and get an xray done. To top this off he had a very bloated stomach today.

Amber - posted on 07/06/2010

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You may try mineral oil in juice at bedtime. 1 Tablespoon is enough. use it every day for about a week.

Jamie - posted on 07/06/2010

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I had the same problem, and my pediatrician told me that she wasn't constipated, that she was just tightening her sphincter and not letting it out...that maybe it hurt her once so now she was reluctant to poop on her own...his solution was to coat a q-tip with vaseline, and insert it (just the head of the q-tip), and just wiggle it a little to trigger her poop reflex...worked like a charm, but not the most pleasant thing to do..lol...eventually she got over it and does it on her own for a long time now.

hope it helps!

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try a food journal... Write down everything your daughter eats and record her bowel movements... you might see a pattern emerge and find out she has intolerance/allergy to some of what she eats... This could be the cause of the constipation...

Other than that, you can consult a chiropractor... Pinched nerves from the spine to the digestive system can cause constipation/digestion problems/gas, etc...

I hope this helps.

Asha - posted on 07/04/2010

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Try a warm baths and also keeping a warm bag on her tummy to ease his tension. Banana's may help.

Amanda - posted on 07/04/2010

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I have had the same issue with my son since he was an infant...he's 2 now. His pediatrician finally told me to give him Miralax everyday in his juice and for the past 3 months he has been fine. I would talk to her pediatrician about it and see what ideas they may have for you. He only has a 1/4 of a capful which doesn't seem like much but it has made such a differance for him. It used to be so bad he would scream and cry while he was trying to go. I wouldn't give her anything without talking to the Doctor first.

Jade - posted on 07/04/2010

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my son has been very constipated since he was 3 wks old. he has to have medication to help him go x

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