constipation!!!Help!!!

Ioana - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my son is 14 months old and he's almost always constipated i asked the dr about it and all he said was to give him prune juice and pear nectar and i have but he still seems to have trouble pooping ..its so bad that his skin cracked and he cries when he poops ..can anyone help please

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Arvee - posted on 04/05/2016

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Where can i buy the karro syrup? Been searching for it cant seem to find one. Tia

Kristi - posted on 04/08/2010

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I always had luck with flax seed oil (in the refrigerated section of the health food store or some good grocery stores that stock a natural food section). I thought an article I read in the current issue of Mothering magazine was really, really great on this subject! It was written by a doctor who experienced this with their own child and had lots of great insights. I'm so sorry for your little one's pain and your frustration with this. Get better soon!

Kate CP - posted on 04/08/2010

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Push more fluids throughout the day to prevent constipation and you may need to talk to a GI specialist.

Phyllis - posted on 04/08/2010

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a tsp of mineral oil in his drink 1 or 2 times a day. We had to do this until my boy was 3, as none of the other syrups, juices or high fiber options helped. Ask you pharmacist as there are 2 kinds of mineral oil and only one is edible..

Rowena - posted on 04/08/2010

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increase his fruit and vegetable intake as well as fluid intake. if you have ripe papaya at home, this is a good fruit to soften his poo.

Tabitha - posted on 04/08/2010

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Karro syrup is what i used for my daughter and it worked great. Just add a couple of teaspoons to his milk. You may have to do this a few times before he has a bowel movement.

There were other times when she would be too constipated that even the karro wouldn't help. I bought some glycerin suppositories and would have to give that too her. They come about 2 inches long and I would break them into quarters...just a little piece of it will work, and almost immediately.

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2010

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My daughter was in the same situation as your little guy. At about 18 months of age the only way we could get her to have a bowel movement was with a glycerin suppository. After battling with my Dr. and trying everything under the sun (diet, counting fiber intake, milk of magnesia??, metamusil) I finally demanded to be referred to a pedi. She told me that it is actually really common and most children will outgrow this problem by the time they are 5. She put my daughter on PEG which helps to make the stool softer and easier for them to pass. It really works!!!! I just add a bit in her juice or water and it completely disolves and is tasteless and it doesn't make the bowel lazy. My daughter is 4 now and I still have to give it to her once a week and she still asks if it is going to hurt when she goes to the bathroom. I also discovered somethings that will make my daughter consitpated during this process. She cannot not have apple juice as it instantly binds her up so it is never in the house and I didn't even try my youngest on apple juice in case the same thing happened with him and she knows that if she goes to someone elses house that she can't drink it and understands why. Good luck with everything an just remember to be firm with your Dr and if you know that something isn't working, don't be afraid to voice that.

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2010

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Oh no! That sounds serious! What i find helps with my daughter just to keep it regular, and she loves this! is I sit her on the couch next to me and she has her bowl with a handful of raisins and she sits and eats her raisins. Its really cute to watch and its fun and exciting for them too, coz they get to feed themselves. And they can't make a mess.
Its also more of a snack for her between meals during the day.

Louise - posted on 04/08/2010

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Apple juice is the best thing to give a toddler or small baby. This was recommended by my health visitor when my daughter was 10 weeks old and she has drank a diluted version every day since. I also find that chocolate mouse does the same thing for my daughter who is 17 months. Just make sure he has plenty to drink and if you can get him to drink it give him water.

Kristina - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter has cronic constipation... Limit milk to one to two cups a day... When ever he has juice unfiltered apple juice works better than prune (you can get it at Safeway)... Switch as many grain products as you can to 100% whole wheat grain... I found many books on food at the library and just found as many high fiber ones as she would eat! Also, make sure he gets lots of fluids or the extra fiber will make the problem worse! Another thing to think about is all the foods you should feed someone with diarreha should be limited because they will make the stool firmer... If it continues to be a problem he maybe holding it because he's used to it hurting, then the stool will get hard and hurt to pass... Just keep it up and try to learn when he needs to go and encourage him. My daughter actually has behavioral issues when she needs to go (violent/angry)... When he gets older if it's still an issue, talk to him about it being healthy to "let the poopy out"... it's a long process and may resurface durring potty training... Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions you have, I've been helping my daughter through this for 4 years now...

Ashley - posted on 04/07/2010

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When my son ran into that during the transition to milk, I used olive oil. Just a teaspoon a day or every other day until his digestive system got used to the new foods. It helped with my baby girl too, she had same issue.

Abby - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter has had severe constipation all her life and she is 2 1/2 now. We tried everything from karo, juice, extra veggies, supositories. She ended up being hospitalized for it more than once. Her's is a combination of hypothyroid and plain bowel issues. We give her miralax daily in 2 ounces of juice. At your childs age we gave her about 5ml's of miralax in her juice. It is very gentle and there are no issues with use for long term. I will also say to stay on your dr and keep expressing your concerns b/c for us it ended up being something we never would have thought of. I hope you will find something that works for you.

Madeline - posted on 04/07/2010

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I give my daughter a teaspoon of miralax in her juice everday. It has trully helped. She goes everyday now.

Happy - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter had the same thing--it agonized me. Like you, I was told to give her prune juice and fiber-rich food, but she was still constipated every time. Then another pediatrician told me to change her milk--voila!!! :)

Andrea - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter was born at 36 weeks at 3lbs 8oz with Gastroschisis (insides outside belly) She has my problems with Bowel movements..She use to sream and cry all the time from gas, pain many things that go along with Gastor. (well at least for my daughter) Our doctor told us to try all of those to. Soy milk made her sick, Prunes never worked, Dark Karrao Syrup made her puke, and the miralax was causing more pain then she need to be in (she already had/has enough) So after fighting and talking with many many people we went to wal-mart and got Goats Milk.. She has been drinking two 5oz glasses aday since she was 5 months (4 months adjusted) She is now a year old and is 22lbs, Is no longer screaming when having a bowel movement.. Is alot happier.. She is so much Different.. It took me talking it over with her surgery team that they gave me the go ahead as some/ most doctors/peds do not belive in Goats milk.. hope this is helpful, if you ever want to talk look me up.. Take care and best wishes...

Nikki - posted on 04/07/2010

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May be you need to look at his diet, you could go and see a nutritionist for advice. Does he eat many processed foods? if so cut them out. Ensure he is eating enough fruits and veggies and whole grain carbs, rather than white and make sure he is drinking lots of water.

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