my toddler is constipated. help i've tried everything from changing her diet to giving her laxs to clean her out and it gets to be too much for her to pass...any suggestions

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/02/2015

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No, I would not try mineral oil personally.

Prunes, YES! Grapes, pears, lots of water, reduce amount of crackers, cookies, pasta, milk and cheese. Increase veggies and fruit!

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2015

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Ashley I would talk to your doc. about it. My daughter was younger when she dealt with constipation. What she needed was a daily laxative.....we used Miralax (but need to get the ok from your doc and the correct dosage for her age). We would do this daily. It took between 3-5 days at first to get into her system and work, but from then on if we used it on a daily basis it kept her regular. Often times with stool softeners or laxatives you need to use them daily for a long period of time. If you use them just until she goes and then stop she will go back to being constipated again and the cycle starts all over. It is painful for her to go so she holds it is until her body does not let her anymore. What you need to do is make it so it is not painful to go. It will take awhile before she is able to figure out how to go "normally" without feeling like if she goes then there will be pain.....without the stool softener or laxative. My daughter was on Miralax daily from 9 months until she was 2 1/2 yrs old. It was when she was potty training did she start to recognize her body and how pushing did not mean pain. With your daughter being older it may or may not take longer before she gets to that point.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/03/2015

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Castor oil for a young child? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! It can cause horrible stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Krista - posted on 02/02/2015

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mineral oils work great, and prunes. Always encourage more fluids. Stomach massages are also very affective, always massage clockwise. Warm baths will help has well.
Goodluck

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Suzi - posted on 02/23/2015

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I really don't recommend castor oil - apart from being notorious for inducing abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea it's been linked with malnutrition (see curezone).
The unfortunate fact is - if she does need medicinal assistance often to ensure she's doing a daily dooh without ripping her butt open, the glycerine suppositories are by far the safest and most dependable option.

Ashley - posted on 02/06/2015

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i have been giving her the gummies.lots of things with fiber. shes.been eating her fruits very well. now im just waiting for everything to catch up with her

Tracey - posted on 02/05/2015

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Limited cheese, yogurt etc. Fiber gummies for kids 2-11 work wonders. I keep them on hand at all times! Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2015

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There are such effective laxatives for children available. Unless it was the only possible option I would not give castor only to a child. Ick.

Marina - posted on 02/03/2015

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Dear ashley if she is 2 then giving castor oil only a teaspoon a day is not at all harmful. My niece had the same problem hard poops painful to pass she is now 2.5 years she even fainted due to constipation and the dr gave her suppositories daily but after a certain period of time she got really scared of it and refused to take, then somebody suggested us for castor oil and yes it worked. Now she is all good with her poops.
If ur not satisfied with castor oil still try to give her fruits and veggies with high fibres that will surely help.
Prayers for ur barbie doll.

Ashley - posted on 02/03/2015

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thank you for all your suggestions. the doctor seems to think she will be fine. but what you two said makes sense. i think the dr. just doesn't want her on it that long

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2015

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Sarah H is right, it is a lengthy process, over a year for some kids to retrain their bowel. Once a toddler has had a constipation issue resulting in painful bowel movements, the cycle of retention and constipation can get very hard to break. Absolutely NO castor oil or mineral oil.
The goal of Miralax is to change the stool to the consistency of frozen yogurt and the child cannot retain the stool. Once the child is regularly pooping without pain, the dose can be cut back bit by bit until the stool is able to be held for toilet training. It is a slow process as Sarah H describes, one that takes a lot of patience. You may find that you don't need to change her diet a whole lot.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2015

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Yep.....she needs to stay on it. My suggestion would be to put her back on it and keep her on it for the time being. Keep with high fiber foods and liquids. Make sure she is not getting too much milk as that can constipate. The issue might be diet but it is also because it is painful to go. What is happening is that she is holding it until her body won't let her any more.......that is why they are so hard and so backed up. It is painful for her to go so she holds it which in return makes her hold it even more. Instead of trying to go when she has to she holds it in. So what you need to do is make it soft and so she can't hold it in. This was the same for my daughter.....this is why we did the Miralax. Right now doing it for the 6 wks. is only going to fix the issues for those 6 wks. You need to keep her on it. Like I said it was a couple years my daughter was on it. The pain is too new. By making it not painful for a long period of time it allows them to figure out their body without the pain. Go back on the daily dose of laxative and stay with that maybe for several years.

Ashley - posted on 02/03/2015

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see we did that already. she was on it 6 wks to clean herself out. the.doctor said it was a diet issue so we changed.her diet AGAIN. its not that she cant poop. its just so big she cant pass it correctly. and i hope when we fix this problem. i can potty train. her again. she was potty trained till this problem got worse

Ashley - posted on 02/03/2015

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my little girl is.2. one of my friends.suggested a pedilax. stool softener. i heard castor oil for when you ate pregnant.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/03/2015

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Maybe talk with your doctor about how safe activia is for that age. Helped my son a lot. But he was around 5 when I started it.

Marina - posted on 02/03/2015

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castor oil is one of the best solution for constipation. Do try, also papaya and water melon.
Hope it helps.

Ashley - posted on 02/02/2015

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ugh frequently. if she passes it its solid but not dry. but gos almost everyday

Ashley - posted on 02/02/2015

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ive tried everything.we dont do sweets. we don't do alot of crakcers lots of whole grains and water. she was on a daily laxative to clean her stomach and thats what they said it would be ok. now its not

Ashley - posted on 02/02/2015

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thank you. the problem is it. gets sooo big she cant pass im trying to figure the solution. its so stressful. she drinks plenty of fluids but i will try mineroil

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