Does anyone have a tip on preventing constipation in a toddler. Aside from more fibre!

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Jessica - posted on 05/27/2017

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My baby boy was struggling for poop and was really in trouble but Toddler magic tea helped with his constipation.

Leisa - posted on 04/27/2009

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both my kids had trouble since birth...tried OTC stuff didn't work...my Gran said to put 1tsp Brown sugar in bottle of milk once a day to keep regular...

Poonam - posted on 04/26/2009

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Try porridge with barn it does wonders. You can add bran in the cereal if you want. You may also try rasins.

Deanna - posted on 04/26/2009

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I know that when my youngest was still on formula, I called the pediatrician to ask because she was just miserable. They told me to put a tablespoon of Karo syrup in her formula bottle (8 oz. bottle). I've also tried this with a cup of warm milk for my older kids and it seems to work well. Cut way down on anything high protien (protien is a binder). Keep hydrated (water and fruit juices).

Synae' - posted on 04/25/2009

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MY SON IS 8MTHS OLD AND WE DEALT A GREAT DEAL WITH CONSTIPATION BUT I STARTED TO GIVE HIM PRUNES IN A JAR AND EVEN THE PITTED ONES, ALL FRUITS WITH "P" NAMES USUALLY MAKE ANYONE REGULAR BESIDES APPLESAUCE, AND IF ALL ELSE FELLS GIVE HIM CHOCOLATE MILK OR A LITTLE PIECE OF CHOCOLATE CANDY.

Jean - posted on 01/23/2009

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Apples, prunes, and whole wheat. Dramatically cut dairy. If that doesn't work, try Miralax. It's an over-the-counter powder that you mix into their drinks.

Asha - posted on 01/23/2009

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all girls in my side of the family suffer constipation. I find giving my little girl Alexia-Rae different fruits (satsumas are great!) for lunch for her to pick at and fresh orange/apple juice at some point in the day too.

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I have been dealing with this for a year--my son is seen at the GI clinic in our Childrens Hospital.



Someone above mentioned applesauce--our nutrionist told us applesauce will bind you up. You also do NOT want to increase fiber unless you are also increasing liquid intake. I have been told that my 2 year old should be drinking a minimum of 34 ounces of fluid. So if you have a child that does not drink a lot--don't increase fiber it will only make it worse.



Do not take any of the OTC meds without contacting at least your ped. Let them help you with the dosing if you get to that point.



And while diet is very important--many of you know you can't force a kid to eat/drink what they don't want. And I was told by our nutrionist to NOT modify diet in a child my sons age. They are so picky as it is (plus we have food allergies) that you don't want to cut out the foods they will eat. I did attempt to modify his diet (it wasn't working anyways), but once we started working with the GI clinic and the nutrionist I stopped.

Christie - posted on 01/22/2009

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how old is your child?? my child has been constipated since she was born, I find the only thing that helps beside healthy diet and fibre is for her to actually have the right stance for going to the washroom my daughter was potty trained on the big toilet at age 8 months it was the only way she could actually go. Now she is 18 months and has no problem going to the washroom. It may help but it always depends on circumstances.

Sara - posted on 01/22/2009

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I used Prune juice for my daughter, A little bit diluted in water in the morning and she was going by lunchtime! But Not too much as it can make things a bit explosive!!!! Hope it helps x x x

Paula - posted on 01/22/2009

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I know you don't want more fiber. my 5 year old has trouble with constipation from time to time and when I need something quick because he hasn't gone in two days I give him Benefiber. It's colorless and tasteless, over the counter, add it to juice or water even and he doesn't even know it's there, I just make sure he drinks everything, I only usually need one or 2 times of that and he's regular again.



In general to prevent it, just make sure your child is having enough fruits, like apples or berries.

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My son had some problems with this when he was a toddler. I was extremely opposed to artificial laxatives; I just wanted to help his little digestive system work better so we could prevent constipation. I never found just one thing that fixed it, but this is a list of the suggestions from our nutritionist and pediatrician:

1. First, make sure he is getting enough exercise, liquids, and healthy fats. Not getting enough can lead to constipation.

2. Avoid peanuts and peanut butter, caffeine, and too much dairy. These can also worsen constipation

3. 1/2 cup of applesauce in the morning with breakfast, then another 1/2 cup after dinner (for dessert)

4. Try to get him to drink a couple of warm drinks (apple cider? decaf tea?) each day. If not, at least make sure he is only drinking room temperature (or warmer) drinks. No more drinks from the refrigerator. But really, something about warm drinks really helps.

5. Don't just consider the fiber - also consider the digestibility. Remember that children do not yet have fully formed digestive systems. Make sure veggies are fully cooked and that you too many avoid dense, "heavy" proteins and whole grains (it's OK for him to have some refined grains with hiswhole grains until this gets under control)

6. Establish a time to have hime "try." 10 - 20 minutes after breakfast is often a good time. Make sure he isn't straining - if it hurts, he will be more likely to try to "hold it."



If he is already constipated, apple, pear, and prune juice do work well. Also, grapes or canned mized fruit works really well, too.



Also, I tried many of these for myself when I had terrible constipation while pregnant with my daughter, and as long as I stuck to it, it completely eliminated the need for laxatives.

Angie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Meghan,

I've been dealing with my 3 year old son having constipation (on & off) for almost a year. Everyone tells me over & over...more fruit, more veggies, more juice, more fiber! However, he is an extremely picky eater...so that's not an option. I did alot of research online & found...MiraLAX. It's a powder (that is tasteless & odorless) that you can mix in with ANY beverage, & the bonus is you don't need a prescription (u can buy it over the counter). I checked online for the dosage ammount, which sounded like way too much...so we started out with just a tablespoon twice a day (1 tbsp in the am & 1 tbsp in the pm). It has helped tremendously!! My son is finally going #2 everyday to every other day, & sometimes more (pain free & with little effort). He is quite the happy camper now! Hope that helps! :)

Kristi - posted on 01/20/2009

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Apples and pears and probiotics (which will just help support general intestinal health).

Corinne - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Meghan!



Apple juice works really well, but so does pear juice (even better, actually). Gerber Pear Juice has worked the best for my son. Good luck! :)

Kim - posted on 01/20/2009

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Have you tried prune juice. When my son used to get constipated we would just give him a little prune juice and that would soften up his stools. don't over do though, because it can really make them poop a lot! If your child will not drink it straight hide it in apple sauce or yogurt or some other thing they really like.

Marcie - posted on 01/20/2009

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make sure they get frut in their diet. or if you think they are getting constapated give them a little bit of juice or something like that.

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