y is my child always constipated

Laura - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my 1 year old has a num 2 between every day nd every otherday but its always really hard nd she needs help to push it out which sounds really painfull as she screams there is sometimes blood in her stools to i just thought it was cos she has pushed so hard but i recently heard that its also a sign of a food intolerance can any1 give me advice

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Katie - posted on 08/08/2010

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That is exactly like my daughter was until she was about 19 months old. EXACTLY the same.

We were afraid that she was lactose intollerant (because I was lactose intollerant for YEARS), and had her on Goat's milk for the first 19 months. Then We bought a 1L carton of 3% Homo cow's milk. She was fine. Her poop was fine! Normal! But we also started giving her some apple juice (100% pure) once a day, right around the same time (so I don't actually know if it was the milk, or the juice that did it). It was like MAGIC. She's always eaten a TON of fruit, and that didn't seem to make a lick of difference. I talked to several different nutritionists about this, and her pediatrician, and our family Dr....even the Occupational Therapist she saw. Every one of them said that it is VERY common for infants and that they almost always just grow out of it...right around 18 months!!!

I looked it up online and the hard poops are a sign of constipation...even if she goes daily. Bran, prune juice (watch out, that stuff works VERY good), blueberries, apple sauce, lots of water, pure fruit juice and lots of exercise will help her go easier. Definately watch how much cheese, bread, and fiber she gets...fiber does well when the bowels are moving, but when they're blocked up it makes their bellies hurt. Clean her out first, then slowly introduce fiber--All Bran cereal bars are another magic item!!! We are big fans of "poop cookies" here. My son only gets a tiny piece of one, because he has no problem at ALL pooping and the cookies make it come out of all sides of his diaper! (EWWW!) But if my daughter eats half a cookie, every-other day, it keeps her poop soft. They also sell probiotic and prebiotic yogurt too. We call that "poop yogurt" at our house. Today my son reminded me why it needs to be used in moderation. LOL! (Ewwww!)

The blood is from "fissures" (or tears) just inside, or on the outside of her anus. It's normal. I called my Dr. about it, and as long as the blood is ON the poop and not IN the poop (the poop would be very black if it was actually in it), then it's from a tear. If her stool is black, that's a sign of internal bleeding and she needs to be seen by a Dr. immediately.

Good luck Laura!!!

Donnella - posted on 08/05/2010

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Mine had the same problem when she started on whole milk. Now as long as she has an orange or an apple everyday, no problems.

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My daughter has trouble with constipation too. I have to be very careful to make sure she has a stable diet. I make sure she eats plenty of fruit. Kiwi is great to keep them regular. Also formula milk can make them very constipated. If my daughter has too much milk and nothing else, we're in trouble. Not too many carb, bread, cereal, pasta. You have to really pay attention to what your feed them. And make sure she drinks water, that will help with dehydration. Hope that help. PM me if you want any more help. I've been through it all with constipation

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Chivell - posted on 08/08/2010

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HeyHey the best thing i can think of is give her a glass of warm water (if she's regular) about 1hr before her usual number 2 time that will soften them and also clear her out might be some relief for her.
This worked for me after i had my son as i had a good few stitches and the thought i tearing them made the toilet thought bad so even the meds they give u didnt work but a glass of warm water did within about n hour... Hope that will come in handy for you!! Goodluck :D

Grandma Kay - posted on 08/08/2010

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Dark Karo is for constipation, light Karo for diarrhea. Must be Karo. All us old folks know this very old baby secret.

Grandma Kay - posted on 08/08/2010

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Put a spoon of Karo dark syrup in her bottle once or twice a day.. In a day or two you should notice a big difference.

Amanda - posted on 08/08/2010

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my son has a constipation problem and we had to get him on a laxative for it. we thought it was the food as well or when we changed his formula the laxative works really good.

Paula - posted on 08/08/2010

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i agree with alot of the other moms...whole grains,juices and water definately.my son(age2) has had similar problem.i also read some chilren have this off/on until they are 3-4 then it just kinda works itself out.i also read if there is consistant bleeding or no bowel movement for 4or more days consult your doctor.goodluck.

Jennifer - posted on 08/08/2010

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IT HELPS TO CUT BACK ON MILK CONSUMPTION. It helps to give them grain. I went thru that for a year with my daughter.I had to push her knees into her belly evey DAY! Poor thing was mimmicing it with her babies. "Its ok, go poopies, its no big deal" all the soothing things I tried to tell her so she would be somewhat calm. She cried, screamed, and threw up when it came time to poop. She would try to hold it for two and three days because it was so hard for her to poop. I never gave her a ton of milk (after I switched from breast feeding) I gave her more juice and that alone helped. I gave milk twice a day and juice the rest. She is fully potty trained now. she was starting when she was 12 moths believe it or not. the constipation set us back almost a year. she goes to the big girl toilet everyday now and with no problems :)

Clare - posted on 08/08/2010

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Is your little girl on any medicine that could make her constipated? if it is so severe I would advise going to the doctors as we did with my little girl and she has to take a gentle laxative to help her which we didnt really want to do but was advised that it is very gentle. Lactalose is also good if she isnt allergic to lactose but i would seek medical advise before giving any form of laxative especially to children to rule out any other probs first .

Cleva - posted on 08/07/2010

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Sounds like stool is calcifying in the lower bowel, my granddaughter had this ailment - consult your doctor or a very good pharmacist for a treatment

Gina - posted on 08/07/2010

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Believe it or not but too much cheese can cause this. My daughter went through the very same thing until the dr finally realized she was eating to much cheese!

Monique - posted on 08/06/2010

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I had that problem with my son at the same age,I use to give him "Fennel Seed Tea",you buy fresh fennel seed and boil it,give her the water from it with alittle sugar just to sweeten it,or you can go to the pharmacy they sell the same thing in a bottle its called"Gripe Water",and it regulates their stool.

Karen - posted on 08/05/2010

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My first question is, what is she eating? If you are thinking food intolerance (which I would if you are frequently seeing blood) I would cut out all high-allergen foods - wheat, eggs, milk, soy, fish, nuts and see if that helps. Then slowly add each back in and see what happens.
As far as constipation goes I would pay a lot of attention to what she's eating. Whole grains, veggies and fruits are the way to go (you may want to stay away from applesauce and pears as these are what are recommended if you have the opposite problem). I agree with staying away from any processed foods. Anything that is labeled a "baby food" is not as good as what you can make from the real whole food yourself.
Good luck!

Jacquelyn - posted on 08/05/2010

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yes it is easy to get checked for food allergies or intolerances with your pediatrician but it is very important to make sure you are feeding whole foods and not processed my friend fed her daughter nothing but gerber graduates and that girl could not poop but her mother could not cook so what can you do??

Dani - posted on 08/05/2010

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you could try giving your baby lots of water or juice or feed her lots of fruit like prunes i know you can get a watties i think prunes and apple baby food, as for food intolerance my daughter gets the runs from eating food that doesnt agree with her so i cant help you on that sorry good luck

Crystal - posted on 08/03/2010

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My children did this as a milk intolerance. I would take her to the doctor. My daughter ended up having GERD. My oldest still cannot drink whole milk or mac and cheese. So she may have food intolerence.

Lucy - posted on 08/03/2010

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my son aged 3 was constpated like that for a year and a half before they figured out he was allergic to dairy egg and soya my advice take her to the dr talk to your health visitor thats what they are there for

Sherilyn - posted on 08/02/2010

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Try giving her more corn as a veggie at supper time mine loves it with rice and a meat of your choice. it is easy to make esspecally Frozen veggies (steamed) and kids love the rice mine do anyways. And it fiber and well we know what corn does...LOL another thing to try is cheerios in the morning with a piece of wheat bread lightly toasted with enough jelly to flavor it. These are things we eat about once or ywice a week so I know they work. Some more things are Kraft Dinner or Canned Beans(Pork and Beans) Scrambled Eggs My daughter just turned 1 on July 26 and she could eat the whole fridge if I let her but because I still have to restict her on things well you knoww hope this helps!!!!

September - posted on 08/02/2010

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Do you give her plenty of foods high in fiber? If not I would increase those types of foods. A diet high in fiber will help her to not be so constipated. Good luck!

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