Constipation

Hemali - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old daughter is always constipated... Any reommendations?

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Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2009

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stay away from banana's if she is constapated, they are a binder. try and get her to eat more fruit, peaches, pears, grapes, oranges. stay away from apples and banana's. juice that isn't watered down.  mandarin oranges always did the tricks for my kids. also raisins. limit the milk and cheese intake.

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User - posted on 01/12/2009

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We had the same problem, I would try to correct asap, as they will get afraid of the poop as it will start to hurt, then they will really get constipated, Miralax is what we used, our Dr. gave us the RX, you can purchase otc, but if you can get RX then you get a Much bigger bottle for 10.00 co-pay generic (if you have rx insurance). Good luck! p.s. cut out the milk as much as possible that will cause constipation.

Cristin - posted on 01/12/2009

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Our pediatrician recommended Benefiber. It's odorless and colorless and you can even mix it in water and they can't tell. I mix it in with my daughter's milk and in her fruit cups. She never knows the diff and it works.

Terri - posted on 01/12/2009

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I give my daughter prune baby food. That always seems to work for her. Hope it is helpful for you.

Lindsey - posted on 01/11/2009

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My advice is dark Karo syrup, about one tablespoon. It always works for my little girl who just turned two last month, that or apple juice. A warning with the apple juice though, they will start pooping everywhere and it may be messy at first but your child will start feeling better almost instantly after it kicks in (only takes an hour or two to start working with the juice or Karo). Good luck!

Sherry - posted on 01/11/2009

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I mix my daughter's oatmeal with puree apricot since she does not like any kind of juices or fruits, except for bananas. It has really helped her to stay regular since she is also very picky with eating veggies.

Kim - posted on 01/11/2009

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I had tons of problems with my oldest and constipation-I gave her just to the bottom line of the cap of Miralax in some OJ every AM and that really helped!! luckily it worked itself out when she FINALLY started going poop on the potty-I really think it was a psychological thing in her case, she was just so afraid of going for whatever reason or another!! so it did finally get better and she no longer has to take anything!  :)

Connie - posted on 01/11/2009

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my 2 year old is always constipated u can use a infant suppository or if want to really flush out babies system give him or her pure juice with no water usually does the trick.the doctor says if constipated usually meaans not gettin enough nutriens more fruits and vegetables and water less milk is better

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My daughter use to be constipated quite often so the Dr recommended Kayro syrup...and I found some baby plum juice, that helped also.

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2009

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Have you ever tried the chiropractor?  My daughter used to be constipated, and I took her to the chiropractor.  What a change.

Erica - posted on 01/11/2009

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Another suggestion could be to go to Skim Milk from 1% or Vitamin D Milk. My daughter became terribly constipated at that age (3 months before turning 3), and the nurse said to go ahead and switch over. She never had any problems after that. Just thought I would put my two sense worth in!!!! Good Luck!

Hemali - posted on 01/11/2009

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Thank you for all of your replies. My pedeatrician told me to give her 8 oz of Apple juice everyday but it doesn't seems to be working. I have also given her Miralex but not regularly.

I will try to move her away from apple juice to orange juice and will give her more often Miralex.

Thanks moms....

Rashida - posted on 01/11/2009

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My 2 year daughter has the same problem best thing is to give food rich in fiber other thing i can suggest is dates is really helpful try to make her drink water as much she can . that will help her .

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My Niece had the same problem with her twins and from age 1 1/2 until they were on Miralax and then she weaned them off and they go on their own now. I also know of an Adult using Miralax to help them. It works for any age and is non habit forming.

Kelli - posted on 01/11/2009

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My Doctor told me to use 1 tsp of Dark Karo Syrup in their juice.....worked like a charm :)

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2009

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Just something to watch for - my son was always constipated and I avoided any type of treatment other than dietary things like prune juice. After 2 years of this he developed a condition where his insides had gotten stretched out and things didn't work right. Then it took until his stools were very large before they would pass, causing psychological issues with going too. Finally after reading about this condition, I brought it up to his pediatrician, and he began treatment of daily miralax to get back on track. We are still doing this for another month or so, but it has made a world of difference in his stools, personality, potty comfort. Everything!!! I am so glad we realized it was a physiological issue at this point and so glad we began the treatment regimen, but only wished I hadn't let it go on this long. So I would look at diet, but if need be I would look at some type of treamtent if it seems ongoing. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 01/11/2009

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My son had the same problem..... fiber... the fresher the friut the better for constipation mandrin oranges seemed to help almost instantly , I gave him Mirlax once a day for about 6 months and he started to get better for a couple months, then after about 2 months we were back on it. He is now turning 2 and we are now fine. 

Erin - posted on 01/11/2009

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well this may sound a bit much but it always work to put a piece of soap (a little piece of soap) in the butt hole...yes this works you have to wet it then do so make sure the baby is relaxed before you do so.

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2009

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All the foods everyone else has mentioned are great.  Also, make sure they are well hydrated, mainly water.  If your kid doesnt like water, like mine, I usually put a little apple juice w alot of water.  Try suppositories.  They are good to keep on hand.  Also, a gentle laxitive for a more daily approach.  Good luck. Hope your little one gets some kinda relief!!!

Clarissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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My question would be is she potty trained or in the process. If not then disregard what is to be said next. Sometimes I have seen kids and occasionally my own not want to go #2 because of fear of toilet or of having an accident or just not liking the feeling in their pants/diaper. They then make themselves constipated.

Melody - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son is two also and he is the same way. I would make sure she eats alot of fruits and fiber. I started to give my son vitamins and he has not been constipated since.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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My older son was also constipated at that age.  I had to give him suppositories twice and it was NO FUN.  He started on prescription laxative (generic for Miralax which is now OTC) and just got off it at age 6, but he was down to 1/2 dose once a week.  Anyhow, foods that help alleviate constipation include raisins, grapes, Frosted Mini WHeats, Raisin Bran, and strawberries.  Hope this helps.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2009

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One how much milk does she drink. That can cause constipation. You can usually call you nurse at your dr's office and they can give you a suggestion over the phone. Banans can help alos if you are brave you can try glycerin suppositorie. You cut them in half and well I am sure you know the rest.

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