Constipated toddler?

Megan - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old has been screaming and crying the last 2 days when she has a bowel movement. We have been giving her plenty of fluids, but whatever is going on is still bothering her and when she does go it looks like hard, rabbit droppings. Any suggestions?

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Doris - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughter gets constipated often. Maybe once a month or so. It starts off with her poops getting harder and then it turns into her crying and getting terrified when she has a bowel movement. The quickest fix i found after going to the Ped and getting suppositories from them I went back complaing she was still having probs a diffrent doc suggest some olive oil. I tell you Olive does the trick for us. I slip a little bit into her juice or milk and usually by the end of the day she is back to pooping normal. I say try some olive oil maybe about 1/4 tsp in whatever liquid you give them. It will look oily but it does wonders.

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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my son had horrible constipation problems when he was a baby baby. we used plum juice...2 oz mixed with 4 oz water per day. it works like prune juice, but it's sweeter. he would spit the prune juice out, but drank the plum like it was his favorite! your daughter is older though, so she can have more...try a cup of plum juice and water, half and half. try it a couple days and see if that helps!

Jennett - posted on 06/24/2011

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Don't laugh or roll your eyes, but this method really works! Take a bar of Ivory soap and shave off a very small, thin sliver (about 1/2" long x 1/4" wide) making sure to not have sharp, pointy ends, and insert into the child's rectum (just as you would a suppository) and it will enhance the natural movement of the bowels. The length of time for it to work varies but is comparable to a glycerin suppository. It won't harm the child and won't "burn" like some suppositories do. You can also try a warm bath to help relax your child, which will encourage the natural movement. Pain causes us to tense our bodies, which makes the pain worse and is prohibitive to the natural movement process.



Another thing to consider is the possibility that your child may have a spastic colon (also called IBS). My daughter has this and the time of onset was around age 2.5 - 3 years. I and my brothers, as well as our mother had it and we grew out of it, though it seems to return in older age. One of the most notable things are deafening screams from my daughter when she needs to have a movement. She complains of pain in her lower back that is often preceded by a "tummy ache" complaint. As a result of this discomfort, she is terrified to have a bowel movement and does everything possible to hold it in so as to avoid the pain.



There is medication for this condition; however, knowing that it's quite possible that she will follow the same pattern as the rest of us, I'm not intervening except when necessary. I keep her on a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and try to avoid cow's milk and hard, aged cheeses (which contribute to constipation).



My daughter is now almost 5 and the occurrences of her symptoms seem to be fewer and farther between... a sign that her digestive system is developing and the brain-digestive system connection is straightening itself out.



I hope my post might give you something else to consider. I urge you to NOT use medications except as a last resort. The digestive system is very delicate and easily thrown off balance. Natural treatments are always best, whenever possible :)

MANDI - posted on 12/28/2009

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Glycerine suppositories work the fastest, Little Remedies also has some drops i mix with my sons juice sometimes when he has that problems and that usually solves the situation without the suppository drama (he HATES them!)

Doris - posted on 12/26/2009

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Quoting Geri:

Wanted to say that I tried Doris' suggestion of olive oil in the juice. It DEFINITELY worked. Almost too good....! Maybe I would have been better off just using the o.o. in apple juice. Mixed w/ prune might have taken us over the edge. Another reader commented on keeping it natural, maybe in my response to using PediaLax. I would definitely agree, unless all other ideas have been exhausted. I will stick to our pear juice which has always worked if things aren't too bad & add in the o.o. in cases of emergency. PediaLax as an absolute last resort. Thanks ladies !


Glad to hear that you were able to get your child fixed up! Yeah the OO can work wonders and I too have expeirenced work too well at times lol but when it's really bad and for a quick fix I always use a little and then go back to apple/pear or prune juice to maintain.



 



 

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Lilliana - posted on 07/03/2011

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Warm apple juice! And you can you eat prunes and nurse. You make want to figure out the cause? Could be what your baby is eating! Teach her hard poopie foods (grease, carbs, cheese) and soft poopie foods (fruits and veggies) my son loves soft poopie food now!! :-)

Dima - posted on 01/04/2010

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Sure! PRUNE juice! it does miracles! if she has gas, try the "anise" tisane..it works really well..You can buy the seeds and make your own with boiling water. it really works well for our baby.

Kim - posted on 01/04/2010

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My daugher was like that starting at a year old. The Dr was no help saying have her eat more fruits and veggies. Prune juice did help for a bit, but later my older son had problems too and was put on Miralax. At my Daughter's next appt I asked about using it for her and he said that would be fine. As long as we use it almost daily(she is down to about 1/4 of a capful) she does fine now. Talk to your Ped about it.

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Apple or Pear Juice- and any fruit or Veggie starting with a P...shockingly enough does the trick...also lay of the milk...no more than 16 ounces a day..and need I say NO Bananas until he is regular. Even then only half a Banana a day...

Cidalia - posted on 12/27/2009

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My son had such problems with constipation from the age of about 1 until age 3... (and now at 12, it's starting again)... none of the usual suggestions for gentle laxatives (fiber, juices, etc.) worked because the problem was so severe. I used a mild laxative, and it helped, but his problem was so chronic, and a laxative is meant to be used for occasional constipation, not chronic constipation. What I FINALLY discovered when he was three was mineral oil. It mixes in very nicely into pudding or yogurt.. you give it at bedtime, starting with about 1 tablespoon the first few days then using less. An exact measurement is not needed.. it's safe, it's effective, you can use it for a few weeks if your child has had a chronic problem (to give the intestines time to shrink back to normal and start functioning normally), and it's not a laxative in the sense that it doesn't stimulate the gut.. it simply softens the stool so that it comes out effortlessly. And because it's flavorless and odorless, it's mixes nicely in foods. You can also find it in the form of Lansoyl... it's a strawberry jam form for kids.

Rashida - posted on 12/26/2009

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thanks ladies...ur ideas realy helped me...my son 3 mnths also has the constipation prob..at moment i breastfeed n give formula SMA Milk..might try changing the formula if that might b causin the constipation.

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Wanted to say that I tried Doris' suggestion of olive oil in the juice. It DEFINITELY worked. Almost too good....! Maybe I would have been better off just using the o.o. in apple juice. Mixed w/ prune might have taken us over the edge. Another reader commented on keeping it natural, maybe in my response to using PediaLax. I would definitely agree, unless all other ideas have been exhausted. I will stick to our pear juice which has always worked if things aren't too bad & add in the o.o. in cases of emergency. PediaLax as an absolute last resort. Thanks ladies !

Jessie - posted on 12/26/2009

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My son who is 6 now had a problem with constipation. My mother in law told me I should put a TBSP of Karo syrup in a cup of milk or juice. I used it in milk along with giving him apple juice and it worked. We had found out before his constipation problems that apple juice gave him diarrhea, so between the two he was fine in no time.

Diana - posted on 12/23/2009

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We actually juiced some vegetables in our juicing machine (not the blender)... 2 stalks of romaine, 1 lemon, 2 fuji apples, a small piece of ginger and a handful of kale, its pure green but tastes like lemonade- it always helps me since my little one had poops so hard it almost tore her little bottom..

Rachel - posted on 12/23/2009

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my little girl had this problem at this age too and i found raisins and weetabix absolute lifesavers!!!she was pretty bad and i never had to use meds. Try to keep natural if possible laxatives can confuse their system if not needed. I hope she feels better soon.

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My daughter is frequently constipated (2 yr. 5 mo.) Pear juice is a savior but so are the Pedia Lax tablets (chewables/watermelon) when things are real bad. We have the crying bouts if a couple of days pass & 1-2 tablets will work w/i 30-60 minutes w/o creating loose stool. Good luck!

Cara - posted on 12/22/2009

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After my son had surgery our Dr warned us not to let him get constipated, and she said to use Apple juice or Prune juice. I give him every once and a while Apple Prune juice (made by Graduates I think?) just to help keep him regular. He was constipated this morning and within an hour of drinking it he went poo no problem!

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Gerber's pear juice works well when my son gets constipated. I stopped giving him apple juice all together because I finally figured out that it was the cause of his constipation. I also keep prunes on hand for him to eat. He thinks they are big raisins and loves them! They come individually wrapped now and stay super soft.
I know a lot of people that put mineral oil in their child's drinks, I just don't know how much.

Angela - posted on 12/21/2009

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My daughter had that problem once too. We actually took her to the e.r. because she SCREAMED so loud because it hurt so bad. The doctor actually told us to give her miralax in her bottle. I believe they told us to just fill the bottom of the cap. I would ask her doctor but a small amount will not hurt her.

Christina - posted on 12/21/2009

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First, When she goes, does it look grey in color, and the texture like clay? Don't have to touch it, just smear it in between the diaper and you'll feel the clay like texture... If so, she's constipated due to er formula, not to say that can't still be the issue. What kind of formula is she on? But to try and help her for now, Go to your local grocery store "Walmart" is best, they carry a "night time calming Gel" fo babies, it's by johnson and johnson, it's in a clear purple bottle, and is usually by the nightime lotion and bath. If not try by the butt creams and paste. If you place about 2 tbls. in a cup everynight and heat it for like 10 sec. in the microwave, then rub her stomach with it in circular motion, with slight pressure. Try to focus on the lower left and right sides of her belly. It'll help move her bowls and loosen them, while helpping her relax. After that, move her legs in circular motion, then up as if you were making herdo crunches (one at a time), and hold for a moment. Then back to circular motions. It's very time consuming to deal with constipation, you may not see results that night, butb sure to proceed doing it every night. My son was constipated for alot of his first 2 mnts. and I did this and it helped, but you must be persistant at the end o the day, the gas from the cnstipation is the moe painful part. Just be very soft and calm with her. She's prob. crying alot and it's just tht she's in alot of pain. Def. talk to your doc. about switching formula. Alimentum is the best formula that has been on the market yet for these types of issues. It's very fulfilling for them, and it starts to relieve their bellies within a week or 2, it's like they're new babies after switching formula. Sorry for such a long response. I hope I helped at lat a lil'... Good Luck

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