my daughter has been having costipation issues for the past month, she does go but the stool is hard

Argie - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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i have been giving her more water, fiber and mineral oil nothing seems to work, her doc said that if it doesnt get softer by tomorrow( had to give her 2 tbs of mineral oil 2day) she would have to refer us to a specialist, anybody had similar problem?

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Angela - posted on 01/02/2010

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my two year old has had that problem since she got put on whole milk so i took her off of whole milk and gave her 2 %. That helped a little bit but now if she gets too much milk, cheese, ect. she gets that way. Now she has to have at least 2-3 glasses of juice a day and i will give her cranbarry juice here and there..

Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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No bananas for starters and give her 4 ounces of Apple Juice or feed her any fruit that starts with a P (Pear, Pineapple, Prunes, veggies too)...commonly referred to as Poo Fruits. Apples themselves will bind her stools but the Juice does the opposite. Works wonders for my daughter. And try to stay away from the Mineral Oil- It blocks the absorption of Vitamins and Nutrients.

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Jane - posted on 01/04/2010

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oatbran for breakfast, my daughter prefers it over oatmeal.....it has a good texture and you can sweeten it up with brown sugar or honey and milk.....also prune juice, i always have little cans of prune juice because it happens from time to time...i would also go to a health food store and ask them...of course water is the answer because it is usually dehydration that causes constipation...........good luck

Jen - posted on 01/04/2010

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high fiber foods, fruit and fruit juice. I have a neice who has frequent constipation, and it gets to the point that she screams and cries sometimes when having a poop, it's so sad, but the only thing our doctor has recomended is stool softeners. My sister was on them as a toddler too, apparently it did help a lot and within about 6 months she was going normally on her own without pain!

Keri - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter has had problems with constipaton since she was born. She is now almost 17 months old. At her last regular checkup, her pedi suggested that we add a capful of miralax to her nighttime bottle. The next day she had a regular bowel movement and I decided to reduce the amount of miralax to just half a capful. Since she has been on the miralax, she has had no more problems with constipation. Our pedi recommended we keep her on it for 6 months to a year because of how long she has had problems, so if you were to try it, I would think you would not need to use it nearly that long. But I tried everything you did and nothing worked. The miralax has been a lifesaver. My daughter no longer stuggles to have bowel movements and is in much better spirits. Hope this helps.

Tara - posted on 01/02/2010

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had that problem prunes fruit syle or liquid worked. u will find wht works. i give my children skim milk doc said that they r still getting the calcium just not the fat.

Elsa - posted on 01/02/2010

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I had the same problem with my son....and the doctor prescribe Miralax...he ask me to give a table spoon in his milk or juice. He said to give it to him to where he was going like diarrea and to continue like that for a few months until he was not afraid to go to the bathroom...Make sure he is going loose then start cuting down the dosage. My son was so bad that he was bleeding. Now he is fine. I did give the Miralax for about 6 months.

Bonnie - posted on 01/01/2010

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how old is child and if still infand 4 12 month make sure u add waster..if u do 2 oz of juice add 1 oz of wqater it will loosen it for u

Bonnie - posted on 01/01/2010

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all you have to do is buy prune juice..that will help her..i did it with both of my kids and now my grandson and he is 8 months old

Jen - posted on 01/01/2010

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One other thing I learned from my urologist, is that boys tend to not relax when they go #2 because they usually stand and pee. So, it's important to get them to sit on the pot for about 10 minutes and read them a story, sing songs,....whatever gets them to relax their phinxter muscle. Girls may have this problem too, but not as many. Do the same for them as well. Sometimes we want them to hurry, but they need time to relax and concentrate to they can feel comfortable getting it out. Also...making sure they sit up straight instead of crouching over is helpful too. Just some things I'd share...things I wasn't told until going to a specialist.

Chrissy - posted on 01/01/2010

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Miralax works! My daughter has always been constipated... and still is she is 2. But My mom gave it to her u can get it at walmart at the pharmacy.. it realy does work.. try to cut back on milk.. give more water or juice. she used to cry when she had to poop. but now she isnt soo bad...:) its the hardest thing to see your baby in pain.

Kim - posted on 01/01/2010

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I've known of some mothers who have sworn by chiropractic care for constipation. Apparently a chiropractor can do a very gentle adjustment in a matter of minutes and it works wonders. Just a suggestion. I've also heard to try water with brown sugar in it.

Vicki - posted on 01/01/2010

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my health visitor and myself swear by apple juice when my son and daughter are a little constipated i give then a bit of apple juice (not diluted) straight from the carton. its works try some!!!!

Jen - posted on 01/01/2010

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My son has a medical condition called Prune Belly Syndrome, it is very rare, mostly because many don't make it. He is purely blessed and is always happy and can walk and run like other kids, which is amazing. We/he have to catheterize him 3- 4 times daily because he is missing a lot of abdominal muscles which affects his bowel movements badly, and of course his urine output. To solve the bowel constipation, his urology specialist in Denver, Dr. Funress, has him on Miralax-17 grams daily and it works! He's been on it since he was 1, he is 5. Side effects are not common. I'm so thankful for it because it's also cramp free. I would talk to you doctor about it if you haven't tried or heard of it. Many people/adults use it just when necessary, but it also has been doing great for a child who needs it daily...most likely for years. Good luck to you, hope this helps you or anyone a little.
Jen

Carey - posted on 12/31/2009

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My 21 mo. old daughter had trouble too & the doctor told me to start giving her soy milk & I haven't had any trouble since. Another thing that helped was giving her 2 oz of undiluted prune juice.

Kristie - posted on 12/31/2009

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Miralax works wonder. My ped. gave it to us to use for my son because he was always having a tough time going poops. It is non-habit forming so you don't have to worry about their bodies getting hooked on it to where it can't do it on its own. Just give it to her when she seems like her poops are starting to get hard. My ped. said to give my son who was two at the time a half a cap full every other day till he went and then repeat if it is seems like the problem is reoccurring. If after 6 days (giving a dose then skipping a day) of being on it goes by and her poops don't get any better then give it to her everyday until her poops are soften and don't hurt her to push out. My son got to where he would hold his poops in because it hurt him to go but Miralax really helped keep him regular and soft. Of course he was one of those picky eaters, so now that he eats a little bit better he does have a problem very often with that thank goodness. Good luck!

Ming - posted on 12/31/2009

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I do have the same problem when my son is having a constipation. I simply give him less fat ice cream or yogurt during midmorning snack or after lunch twice a week. His pedia also advised to let him eat lots of papaya and I also tried him to take his vitamins without iron for the meantime because iron can also cause constipation and it worked! But I really think the best is prune juice...Try it.

Jessica - posted on 12/31/2009

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My 2 1/2 yr old daughter has had this issue for quite awhile. We tried all of the home remedies...prunes, pear juice, warm baths, suppositories, cutting back on milk & cheese, even seeing a chiropractor. Sometimes it worked, but now she holds it in. Our pediatrician put her on Miralax (an OTC stool softener). She took it everyday for 1 month & is now taking it every other day. He also recommended that she sit on the potty right after eating for ten minutes. The stool softener has worked. The only drawback is that she still tries to hold it in so it comes out a little at a time all day long. She is back in pull-ups because of this.

Tonya - posted on 12/30/2009

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ok this really works..for every 2 ounces of water use 1 tsp of dark karo syrup. It works wonders..

Christy - posted on 12/30/2009

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i give my daughter raisins all the time and when she gets constipated i just give her a higher concentration of them. i think the Gerber prune juice would work well too and of course water. giving extra liquids usually goes a long way with constipation. also, examine her diet for things that contain a lot of iron and maybe cut those things back a bit until the constipation has passed. good luck!

Sheri - posted on 12/30/2009

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try White Grape Juice. My son has that problems every since he was born and I have to give him white grape juice when i notice that he is having problems going or trying to go.

Tiffany - posted on 12/29/2009

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i have used this stuff called fletchmans root beer flavor just a lit bit and it helps out may take a couple of hours but does help can buy from cvs or walgreens comes in root beer flavor and i do believe it is all natural

Valerie - posted on 12/29/2009

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My 20 mo. old eats raisin bran for bkft. with me and this seems to keep her moving in that department...If your child is too young try spinach or fruit.

Jess - posted on 12/29/2009

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I give my daughter something called Parachoc, it contains parfin oil. I give her about 10ml a day it helps to soften the stool making it easier to pass. She loves the taste and she won't become dependant on it.



I also give her toddler formula to give her a few extra vitamins and minerals.

Angela - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have twin sons and they have both gone through this... however about a day after I gave them apple/prune juice they went to the bathroom and it was a soft stool. Give your baby a bottle of apple-prune juice made by gerber and a jar of banannas and hopefully that will work, You can also use a bulb (like those booger suckers.. lol) fill it with warm water and slowly spray it into her butt. I have has to do that before and that has also worked.

Michelle - posted on 12/28/2009

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My daughter had this problem. It seemed to be taking its time to come out and would then be quite hard and diff for her. I started to give her extra portions of fruit and less sugary drinks and for her this did the trick. i didn't want to rely on medication if i could help it but also consult your doctor especially if it really bad and doesn't seem to be getting any better.

Daniele - posted on 12/28/2009

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The problem is most likely working its way out. My daughter has always had constipation problems, but it comes and goes. She's been really constipated for the last two weeks, and we had to resort to glycerin suppositories just to get her to go. We used them for three days and finally yesterday the last of the constipation seems to be out. Keep feeding her lots of high fiber foods and try to get juice in her. You might also try sugar water or corn syrup water. For sugar water for constipation, it is one teaspoon of sugar to one ounce of water. The same mix for corn syrup. Good luck.

Bonique - posted on 12/28/2009

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try a little bit of prune juice you can get the gerber ones and dilute it with water if need to thats what has always helped mine

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