How do I deal with constipation in a 4 year old?

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Lindsey - posted on 06/04/2009

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odwalla berry omega bars. The are magic and kids love them. They are by the energy bars(they contain flax seed)

Tiffany - posted on 06/05/2009

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Hello! I have the SAME problem! My peds said to give him Miralax, everyday. Not a full adult dose mind you, but just a small amount. My son is 16 mos and i just use a baby spoon to get a spoonfull and put in his juice/milk. All Miralax does is bind to the bowels and make them softer, so easier to pass. My son knows it will hurt when he goes, so he holds it til he can't anymore!! at 16 mos!! So try mirilax, thats all I can tell you.

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Phillips makes a wonderful liquid that is easy to take, and easy on little tummies. We give it to my two year old without one worry.

Charity - posted on 05/27/2009

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I would try and give your 4 year old some concentrated juice or fruit...pear, strawberry,prune and apple...but not too much because too much is not good either. Or if that doesn't work maybe a half sapasitory.Ohhh.. you could make sure that he is drinking more water since water helps to soften up their stool. And last, if that doesn't work talk your child to the doctor to be checked for other underline problems...digestive...etc

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Dora - posted on 10/02/2012

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If this is a common problem, it could be a lactose intolerance or even Celiac disease. My daughter had many digestive and bowel issues when she was young and it took us over 5 yrs. at the Local childrens hospital to figure it out. We finally just figured it out on our own, after the hospital would not check her for Celiac or Gluten Intolerance. Lactose Intolerance goes with Celiac also. A very simple solution really, to a very painful problem. Just make sure you have a Dr. who is willing to work with you and listen to you and knows the most accurate test to do for Celiac. You can avoid the lactose yourself with no test, to see if this is the problem. If you have an Aldi in your area, it is ideal for both items to avoid. All their gluten free and lactose free items are labeled! Good Luck!

Catherine - posted on 06/10/2009

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I had the same problem, only with my 18 month old (9 months @ the time of the appointment). I got a referral from my pedi and we went to see a Pediatric Gastro-Interologist and they gave me this powder that i mix into her 8 oz cuppys of either juice or milk or i could mix it into applsauce ... and it is a stool softener, (by prescription) and it really worked. She was to the point i was giving her suppostiories almost every day by the time i went ot see them. Now she is pooping fine and doesn't need the meds anymore.

I would talk to your Pedi and see if maybe he/she will send you to a Pediatric G.I. and then see what the G.I. reccommends.

Suzannah - posted on 06/04/2009

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Avoid constipating foods: applesauce, bananas, cooked carrots, cheese and milk. Give fruit juice and water, especially pear and prune juice. Miralax is really safe and works great.

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Constipation is my expertise! My little boy has been dealing with this since I stopped breast feeding at 9 mos. I took him to a specialist who had me give him Miralax - one capfull in his milk every day. I didn't like the idea that at 2 and 1/2 he was still taking Miralax, so I poored some prune juice into a cup and then some Sprite, he drank it, liked it and no Miralax since!

Joyce - posted on 05/27/2009

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Give them applesauce, apple juice, raisins, prune juice even single serve prunes, just tell them it's a big raisin and eat some with them. hope this helps

Apryll - posted on 05/27/2009

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When my daughters are constipated I give them apple juice and I try to stay away from milk and other dairy products until they actually do poop.

Katherine - posted on 05/27/2009

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apple juice, pear juice, apples, prune juice, a small amount of mineral oil if your desperate.

Amelia - posted on 05/27/2009

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have you tried pears, orange juice or even sometimes bananas can help but sometimes they can also bind them up more.

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