My almost 15 months old son is always constipated

Nadine - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 49 moms have responded )

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My son is always having a hard time with his stools. I have been breastfeeding him and still are before his nap. bedtime and when he wakes up in the morning, other than that he is on solids. He went from having soft sttols at least once a day to 1 every other or every 3 days and he is having a terrible time with it.

I stopped feeding bananas and applesauce, he is eating only wholegrain bread, no rice, not much dairy. I feed him peaches, pears, plums, oatmeal, lots of broccli and veggies like that but his stools are still very very hard. He drinks a lot I'd think and mostly diluted juices.

He barely drinks cowsmilk and I am not worried about that cause I still nurse, but my husband is very sensitive to lactose and I start suspecting the same for my son.

Any ideas what to feed and not to feed him to get him to go more easily?

Thanks for all your advice in advance!!

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Serenda - posted on 01/14/2010

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Our doctor suggested giving my son apple juice and reduce the amount of milk and dairy products. That worked well. Also, you can use prune juice or prunes.

Audrey - posted on 01/04/2010

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my son who is now 2 still has the same problem and has had it for a long time, i give him karo syrup a tablespoon in water once a day for five days stright and he goes, and for some reason peanuts and almonds make him go too. sometimes if their stool is hard from not going for a couple of days and hurts when they push, they will hold it it to avoid the pain they remerber it hurts and dont want to go, and inturn will make them feel as though they can't go. try a natural stool softner before any kind of meds it works, and you can buy it over the counter.or If you use a something to help them go like a fleet liquid pack for a month stright it will get him in the habbit of going on his own when he need to, then he should start going everyday on his own. it always worked for my son. good luck i know it can be rough when they can't go and dont feel good. poor thing.

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Laura - posted on 09/10/2012

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Juliana Have you asked your doctor about General Lax? That is what my son who just turned 3 yrs old is on and has been on for awhile. The Doctor told me that it is safe for continuious use and it seems to really help.. Good Luck We have been to specialist Doctors and really they were not much help , this seems to be working great and when I see that he has not had a BM for a day I just give him alittle of the Gener Lax in his drink and it REALLY helps

Juliana - posted on 09/10/2012

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Hi Nadine, it is so frustrating when you have already tried everything everybody is saying and nothing seems to work..with Sophia, 15 months now, constipaded since she was 5months, I really don't know what else to try. I'm now trying the probiotics and also slippery elm powder. Her diet is full of fibre, drinks, coloxyl every second day and she still won't get regular..every day I spend the time watching her and hoping she will do poo..but no, nothing..I wait till day 3 then I will give her glycerol suppository, but she knows, and she hates, she crys, she already got psychological issues with bowel movments, cos when she was little it would go 3 or 4 days without poo then it would come hard and would tear her botton. It is so frustrating when you tell your husband and he won't say or do anythig for help. I'm so tired of everything..I thought I was in the right direction with probiotics and elm powder,it did work for a week then she didn't do poo for two days..I haven't tried the karo syrup yet, maybe it will be next..probably going to the children's hospital next.

Nancy - posted on 08/20/2012

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Hey im having the same probleme n i do the same things its pretty fustrating and i feel your pain , you should try ( BIO-K probiotique ) its natural u can get it in powder or in a yop form at superstore . work for most . dont get him on laxative ull have a hard time taking him out of it, it make intestin lazy . hope it helps 3 dayz to a week ull find a diffrence. u can give him that in his evryday routine good luck

Sara - posted on 07/25/2012

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Hi my baby girl is 14 months old now.. the first 2 months were the hardest but it got better once the dr told me to give her a massage n her tummy.. that made a huge difference since I couldnt give her anything because she was too little... for the passed three week she started crying and getting really fuzzy every time she had to go... ive know PAPAYA cleans our system very good. so I tried last week and within hour it made a huge difference...give it a try and u see how wonderful it works...

Caryn - posted on 05/31/2012

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Hello,

My daughter is now 11 months old & has struggled with chronic constipation since birth. I have been to see just about every doctor that I can & nobody has been able to help. She has a cow's milk protein intolerance so I don't give her dairy at all - she only eats fruit, vegetables & meat. Sometimes I give her rice with her food but this is very rare.
I read your post & wondered if you could shed some light as it seems you've really had a hard time with this yourself.

Thanks,

Caryn

Tiffany - posted on 01/17/2010

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Alright my grandmother told me to give my little boy a mixtuer of apple juice and canned pear juice. give him a half cup and it will work wonders! My son is very sensitive to lactose and it has always helped me. Pur apple juice gives most children lose stool so you might want to put a little water in it.

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Give him lots of water out of different fun bottles. also with my little ones I cook dried dates on a low heat till they are plump and then puree them in the food processor and stir them into their morning weet bix. It makes it beautifully sweet without adding sugar or honey and helps with constipation.

Tracey - posted on 01/16/2010

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I used to buy a packet of prunes and cover them in water then simmer them for a while on the stove, Then i would strain them and vitamize them and feed them to my bubba, doesnt look very appealing i must say but they are very sweet and she used to love them and that always got her going!

Luann - posted on 01/15/2010

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I AM 53 YEARS OLD AND HAD THIS PROBLEM WITH MY DAUGHTER, AND MY MOM GAVE ME THIS ADVICE, TAKE A 1/2 OF A GRAHAM CRACKER AND CRUMBLE, POUR A LITTLE WARM MILK REG, OR BREAST,IT SHOULD BE JUST WET ENOUGH THAT IT BARELY RUNS OFF THE SPOON. GIVE HIM THIS LITTLE TREAT EVERYNIGHT AS A SNACK, HE WILL HAVE SOFTER STOOLS GUARANTEED. JUST TRY IT FOR A WEEK, IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS STOP GIVING IT TO HIM. GOOD LUCK. LU

Shannon - posted on 01/14/2010

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My sons almost 4 and every other mother he has a really bad problem with constipation. He wakes up screaming in the middle of the night because he cant poo! Once he does its like there the size of a golf ball or bigger! I dont get it. Then its like hes normal again. I dont know if I should take him to a specialist or what? I saw others recommended miralax also I havent found anything that works!

Lulu - posted on 01/11/2010

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Hi I had the same problem with my little boy. The docter said that we sould leave out pasta and bread from his diet. After about a week his stools were better. I continued for about a year. And are now giving him pasta and bread again but I can see the difference in his stool afterwards. Hope this would be of help for you

Colleen - posted on 01/11/2010

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Chronic constipation could be a symptom of a food allergy/intolerance or some other irritable bowel issue. You should discuss this with your pediatrician...who may make a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist. Miralax, Fiber Choice (crushed up in food), Culturelle for Kids, and dietary changes (such as removing suspect foods) may help....but you should do these things in consultation with your pediatrician. Good luck on finding a solution for your son. :-)

Jenni - posted on 01/10/2010

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I suggest to cut out foods altogether and go back to only breast feeding. My daughter is 18 months and mostly breast feeds. She snacks a little and doesn't drink anything but breastmilk. She has never been constipated a day ever! Your mik will pick up in a few days and you will see a change quickly. Babies don't need anything but breastmilk to drink while breastfeeding for years! I don't even offer her anything else. She eats meals with us, but only bites. Sugar is a BAD idea. Who would feed a baby sugar? I don't get that one. I am sure the contipation has to do with cutting back on breast feeding. I would cut back on food and breast feed.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2010

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My youngest was recently constipated & I gave him some of the new Gerber mango pineapple carrot juice. Holy cow! By the morning he wasn't constipated anymore, that's for sure. He got up at 8 & went 4 times by noon! I completely forgot until I needed to give some to my son - mangoes are a great laxative.

Helen - posted on 01/10/2010

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my son used to gt constipated a lot i got told to give him prune juice or fresh apple juice the appe juice always worked untill he was about 1 and a 1/2 but he then had to have stuff from the doc but as he has got older he has nothing now

Bae - posted on 01/09/2010

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Give him warm 2 oz of prune juice + 2 oz of water in between meal or change to soy milk. These really help my daughter.

Holly - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter is 11 months and she had the same problem. It was so bad she use to cry. I read that the baby needs alot of water as well. That will help make the stool softer. So far it has worked for her.

Gemma - posted on 01/09/2010

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hello i can sypathise with you. my daughter has always suffered with this and have taken her to hospital a few times as she was in such distres, as were we. Our new doctor was very good and suggested foods to eat and keep drinking. its a hard thing to deal with, we have changed her diet to more fruit and veg-lots of oranges, pruns on her weetabix, u name it we done it. she is now on laculose everyday and a soluable powder in her drink called movicol which has been fantastic. i would recommed this if you can get them drinking it.

good luck

Christina - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have a suggestion for you. My four year old daughter had a terrible time with constipation as well and the stools were so large and long it was as if she was giving birth. I took her to the emergency room so many times and to a specialist and she now has a hemorrhoid . She would scream and I'd be balling my eyes out as if she was dying. They would give her laxitives and tell me to give her enemas. It was a curse. A doctor in Orlando Florida told me to not give her no more white bread, rolls , no pizza crust, very little cheese or straight milk, no chocolate ( this is a real problem with constipation ), and from now on give her over the counter medicine called ; " MIRALAX " , its in a white bottle with a hot pink color screw on top. You can get it from any drug store like; Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and it's very inexspensive. It is odorless and colorless and tasteless. You have to put it in some kind of juice and shake it up in a shaker untill it dissolves. You can't stir it because it will be like trying to drink with a little bit of sand on your tongue its gritty. AGAIN , you have to shake it up for about a minute or so untill it dissolves then let the bubbles go away and give it to your child. I also drink it my self for the same problem and am still drinking it now and I'm expecting another princess on the 29th of May of 2010. My doctor said its totally harmless to the unborn child and is very good laxative for children. You must follow the directions on bottle because to much will give you or the child diarrhea. You say your child is 15 months? Only give him or her half a cap full one time a week and see if that works, if not increase it to full capful once a week. AGAIN, not to much . Ask any pharmacist @ walmart or another drug store. I promise you it works. You must do something or your child's insides will suffer. Good luck.

Argie - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter (16 mnths) was severly constipated for about 1-1 1/2 months. i tried everything, prune juice, supositories, no rice, no bananas but nothing worked. i asked her doctor she told me to give her mineral oil and still it didnt work until a pharmasist told me to use miralax and it worked like a charm. in the beggining i gave her 1 pack and when she start going regular i cut it down to a half everyother day if neccasary. hope this helps i know its so furstrating seeing ur baby in pain.

Teresa - posted on 01/09/2010

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make nap cuddle time instead of nap time. Read a book, watch a short cartoon and lay together. I found it is a good way to relax myself in a busy day. Harder if you have more than one toddler or infant. This is a great time to bond!

Michelle - posted on 01/08/2010

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If all else fails, you can try a little mineral oil. It's an old school remedy, but it works. I'd start with 1/2 tsp & see if that helps. You might have to use a full tsp. (ask your doctor for dosing instructions though) I had a fissure when I was little & I was always constipated & that's what my parents did for me. You have the child take it orally & it lubricates the stool for easier passage. Don't do it all the time & not too much b/c it can cause diarrhea if you use too much & vitamin deficiencies if you use it all the time. It's just an occasional remedy. I hope this helps.

Brianna - posted on 01/08/2010

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My doctor told me to give my daughter graham crackers and prune juice and both seem to help her out a lot.

Heather - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son was constipated too at around the same age and we tried everything - cutting out his dairy, prune juice, karo syrup, milk of magnesia... NOTHING worked! Eventually his dr put him on Miralax, started out w/ 2 teaspoons in juice twice a day and it worked like magic, he was going no problem the next day. He is now almost 2 and still has to take the Miralax daily or he can't go; but he's down to 1 teaspoon in his juice once a day... Just make sure you talk to your son's dr about his problem, because it may not go away, he may have to take medicine for it.

Nadine - posted on 01/08/2010

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Thank you all very much for the advice! I tried pearjuice and prunepuree with pear and apple and he at least had a bm every other day, once even two days in a row. The stools are still pretty hard though.
I cut out pretty much all dairy except 1 slice of mozarella cheese he eats on his bread.
I also cooked oatmeal every morning and mixed prunes into it.
I am a little hesitent with raisins yet, I guess he would be fine, I am just a little nervous about him eating those when he can't chew them yet.
If the situation won't improve over the next week, I am taking him to the Doc to have him have a look at him.
Thanks so much again!

Autumn - posted on 01/07/2010

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my daughter had the same problem and i nursed til about 3 months ago when she turned 1 but what i found to help her out more was to give her juice that wasnt diluted much like a quarter of her cup had water probably less and the rest was juice and it helped her go very easily.

Gina - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son was really bad as an infant and toddler. I had to give him glycerol supposities every day to get him to poo. As he got older it was so frustrating. I found that pear juice is great, also a mixture of apple and pear juice. You can buy it from the supermarkets. He is now 4 and he no longer has problems. Good luck

Patty - posted on 01/07/2010

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A lot of you have some great, natural suggestions. My daughter is potty training and BM's are not as frequent as they should be and she is complaining of tummy aches and straining and pain when she does go. So I'm going to give some of these a try! Thanks

Coleen - posted on 01/07/2010

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I also use to give my children a nice warmth bath fairly deep as I would hold them and let them float.I added Aromatherapy bubble bath - Lavender as this is a soothing scent and it use to help relax them especially if they had tummy cramps...I used this if they had trouble sleeping as it is really soothing and relaxing....My husband and I use it too....

Coleen - posted on 01/07/2010

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grapes are a great natural laxative. Also diluted blackcurrant juice is another good drink for him.Another natural remedy which I used with all of my children especially when they were younger was boiled water (let cool to bottle temperature) with a teaspoon of raw sugar in it.(about 50mls of water).If you include these into his diet until hes stools are soft,you only need to do this until they are softer but you must monitor it as too much vitamin c will make them go the other way - runny. So I use to give them grapes and water every other day once they had smooth movements.While he is young if you introduce maybe soy milk,you can also get some great tins of formula in different flavours which are jam packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Maybe also get your doctor to have a look at him just to make sure that there are no underlying issues which may be causing the constipation or maybe your local pharmicist as they quite often are full of ideas to help.....

Amber - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son had a major problem with constipation from the time he started on solids until the middle of last year. Try prune juice and avoid apple juice

Jacque - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son is 21 months old and he is scheduled to have an enema tomorrow morning if he doesn't go before then. He to is having a very hard time, he screams and crys when trying to push for a bm and he only has one every 4-6 days. My Dr has recomended giving him meticucal the powder kind that I can add to his water for the next year until he gets regular. On top of that I also am instructed to give him glysirn supositories 1x daily, and give him miralax everymorning.
All of those are over the counter and safe to give in moderation. Good luck!

Mariah - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son had the same problem. Applesauce and bananas can help. If he likes them don't keep them from him. My doctor told me to give him miralax in his juice or milk. Starting with .5 teaspoon and up to 2 teaspoons per day. Ryan's was so bad that he ended up having a blocked colon. Miralax saved the day! He had it daily for 6 months, and no just needs it a couple of times a week. It is non habit forming and totally safe. Ask your dr about miralax. It's over the counter and a miracle:). Good Luck!

Lorie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Try giving him prunes.

Raisins always make my 16 month go.

Good luck and If I think of anything else I will get back to you.

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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try a teaspoon of caro syrup in his cup or bottle a day, it worked on both my children.

Jessie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Try papaya every evening after dinner. It works for my son! One big slice of papaya will do the trick.

Vicki - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi Nadine, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar in 50ml of warm water is what i used, recommended my my midwife and it works a treat. other than that just offer more water through out the day. That should get things moving

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I stopped giving my son apple juice. I found that it was the cause of his problem. I give him pear juice and even now that he is 3 he still eats Gerber prunes with apples or pears. He thinks it's applesauce so he is still willing to eat it. But it helps his problem.

Oh, and too much cheese makes him constipated so I limit how much of it he eats.

Lacey - posted on 01/06/2010

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applesauce will help with the constipation actually along with apple juice and any fruits that star with a P

Dannielle - posted on 01/05/2010

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i had problems with my boy when he was 1(now he is 3) he would screem and through temper tantrams this went on for months we saw a doctor weekly changed all his diet needs and there was no change so doc sent him for scans and found he had a kinck in his bowls so they told me 2 use chocko laxative over counter stuff and 2 use ass recomended on bottle for 2weeks i did that he got very soft went back for nother scan and it had worked it out. he still through tantrams but each time he went to toilet it seemed to get less painfull after he became very regullar they had me ween him of it slowly 2-3 times a week then 1 wk and eventually he didnt need it and by the time he was weened of it his tantrams had stopped to cause he realised it didnt hurt anymore it took bout 6 wks in total 2wks straight then bout mth of weening slowly but i didnt mind cause it fixed him he has not had a problem since 2yrs ago now

Laura - posted on 01/04/2010

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my sons both have that problem 4 months and 21 months. I have been to Gi specialist and a colon rectal specialist they told me to change the 21 month olds diet whole grain pasta no baked or boiled chicken , fish, meat. no applesauce, bananas, there is a whole list of things. they say chocolate is good for this problem , I have been giving him chocolate milk and it has helped a little bit, I know my 4 month old is just on formula they told me to give them both little tummies laxitives to help from straining. they told me when it is time to start him on cereal to start with oatmeal no rice ( since it can cause constipation ) they also told me that it was a good thing I came now because it does hur my 21 month old to have a bowel movementso they think sometimes he will not go because it hurts so I have to train him to have bowel movements all over again , that is why they say to give the little tummies. I have been fighting doctors to find out what the problem is and my pedi. was just kind of blowing me off telling me he will out grow it , but is is not normal when your child screams, throws up , has the shakes, breaks out in a rash and a sweat everytime he has a bowel movement.
I know what youare kind of going through I don't have the whole do's and don't list of foods right here with me but if you would like me to send you what is on it let me know Good Luck hopefully things will get better for you. there thing is that they have a slow moving colon. all yeah they had me weighing ever bit of food that my 21 month old put in his mouth could not leave home without the scale and folder. We could not leave home much because if they had a episode with going to the bathroom it is embarassing when you are out in a restraunt especially when they are throwing up , I carry beach towels with us for that reason. they go soon for another xray to make sure that the bowel movements are not backing up so I am at our Childrens hospital alot.

Valerie - posted on 01/04/2010

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you are on the right track with diet... Prunes and raisins are particularly high in fiber. In addition, fiber breakfast bars and cereals, bananas, apples, peas, grainy breads and peanut butter (which does not cause constipation, but actually helps prevent it) are all good choices. make sure there is enough liquid and watch the cheese...you could try some mineral oil too...
good luck

Destiny - posted on 01/04/2010

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try cranberry juice i have found that usually works or real citrusy type drinks of fruits like oranges or lemonade type things that usually works for my lil girl...

Jenni - posted on 01/04/2010

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A few things you might want to try. Taking a digestive enzyme while breast feeding. Also, introduce acidolphilus to his diet. For babies it comes in a powder form you can add to food or juice. Get the refrigerated kind at a health food store. Cut out ALL dairy and be serious about this. You also have to cut out all your dairy. And I mean every little thing. Cheese, whey, any sort of dairy byproduct. You might want to check out his pH balance. Drink aloe vera as bottle says. if you are breast feeding, your diet is just as important as day one. If you are having bowel issues, your baby will as well.

Nora - posted on 01/04/2010

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my daughter used to get constipated alot when she was smaller she is 18 months now, but i used to give her prune juice and it helped. also i used to put supository drops (mispelled) directly into her bottom and it always worked to get her to go and it helped the backed up stool after that her stool was softer.

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