toddler constipation

Jenny - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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hi im new on here,i have a 2yr 8 month old girl who is really constipated the docs have given her lactalose we have tried everything under the sun..she has the urges to go but just refuses to pass any stools..any advice is greatly appreciated..many thanks jenn

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Steven - posted on 05/04/2016

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Both my stepkids were/are chronically constipated. I was as well between about 6 and 8,then 12 to 16. Hillary had serious bouts that would come and go in frequently but seriously when active requiring medical attention with IV laxatives and a colonic
lavage when she was 10. The boy, when he turned four began to seemingly always have trouble. We managed her with, Metamucil and him with miralax. Stevie got Fletcher s Castoria when backed up though it quit working about When he started school,

We added glycerin suppositories, which my wife had occasionally used on tori, but had lost effectiveness when she reached middle school. My wife insisted I 'do the deed"I was hesitant to use them on him, fearing it might be tramautic on him, I recalled my embarrassment when my aunt would take my rectal temperature or give me a suppository at his age.

He didn't seem to mind much though. He would even ask for them when he felt bad. By the time he was about 10 he got worse and nothing seemed to work. He couldn't use strong laxatives. His clinic gave him a Dulco lax suppository which caused an allergic reaction and made him ill.

His Cousin Micah had the same difficulty for years. Until his dr recommended enemas. Which worked well. When he came to live with us he would ask for one fairly often. I had been subject to quite a few during my adolescence and didn't really want to suggest it to my wife. We asked at our clinic and they suggested we try it. 'We' turned into 'I' because she felt both boys would be more comfortable with a male.

Micah asked for the Fleet type which he was used to so we used those on both boys when needed. I didn't want to do it myself. I remember the times when I had to let a parent do that to me. I hated it, I didn't mind the enema, but not from mom or dad. it wasn't as bad for them and me as I'd imagined. It went well the few times I did it.

When Micah was a teen, his dr put him on a large volume enema program. I was trained how to use them and it worked very well. He still has 2 - 1 to 2 liter saline enemas every one to two weeks.

We modified that plan for Stevie when he was abt 12, giving miralax regularly. When he feels a bout coming on, I give him one or two Babylax (those little liquid glycerin applicators) before bed. If he doesn't go by morning. I ask if he needs an enema. He often does. I give him 1L warm water with a little mild soap using a disposable enema bag. Have him hold it as long as he can, about ten min. If we get few results, ill repeat it and that usually does it. If not i hold off till eve, then give one or two more with justntapwater.

The best thing we found was, on both boys, if we stick to a regular schedule, two every 7 to 10 days seems to work, then I don't have to give a lot at once. And, once used to the process, they don't seem to mind it.

Though I'd formerly

Amira - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son went through the same thing except it lasted from when he was about 6 months till he was about 2. The doctor for some reason didn't think there was any reason to be alarmed (even though my son would bleed trying to let it out). He prescribed stool softener for infants but they didn't work all the time. I tried everything, and i got the best results with suppositories (the insertion is a little painful) but within seconds he would poop.



Good luck, i know how painful it is watching ur little one in pain.

User - posted on 02/12/2009

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My 2 1/2 year old daughter tries to hold back poo.  It started about a year ago when she got so constipated that our doc had us give her a babylax suppository.  He then prescribed MiraLax for her to use daily.  We were told it could takes months (or years) for some children to "relearn" it's OK to go poo.  We're hoping to wean her off it before preschool starts for her this fall.  MiraLax works for my daughter, but I'd really rather find another way to help her....

Jodi - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi, after my daughter had surgery and was very constipated and bloated the doctors gave her Miralax and that worked great!  You can also try giving her Prune Juice.



 



Jodi

Colleen - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have a 7 year old that had the same issues. It started when she start to eat real people food. we found out that dairy was to blame. My daughter is on Mirlax which is a stimulant that helps her to use the bathroom everyday. Miralax has no taste and can be added to 8oz of any type of drink. I would watch her dairy and see that she is eatting at least a few fruits and veggies a day.

Alison - posted on 02/12/2009

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My sister's little boy has the same problem and eats all the normal fruit and stuff.  My friend is a bowel nurse and swears by Fig Biscuits - they taste ok and do the trick.



May be worth a try.



Alison



 

Bridget - posted on 02/12/2009

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I brought my son in when he was 3 for the same thing!! We were in the middle of potty training. He would pee in the potty but, couldn't and wouldn't poopoo!! The doctor told me to first give him an enema for three days. Then we put him on Myralax until he would go on his own. Come to find out the reason he wouldn't poop in the potty was because it was too painful but with the help of those tips, he started to go regularly on his own!!

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our Dr had us put Carro syrup in my daughters milk a few times a day to get her going.  It worked really well but took a day.  The one time it didn't work my DR had us use Miralax.  It is extremely mild & one dose should do it.

Nicole - posted on 02/12/2009

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You could try to give her suppositories or something?  Prune juice might work, if it gets too bad I'd try the suppository though!!  Good luck!!

Wendy - posted on 02/12/2009

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we tried everything with our daughter too when she was that age....she even had to have 2 enemas because it got that bad!



consult your doctor first, but try FIBERrific. It is taste-free, all natural, and you can mix it in beverages or soft foods. Also, flax seed mixed in with her foods.



My daughter was not yet potty trained at this age, but my doctor urged me to put my daughter on the potty at the time of the day that she would normally have a bowel movement and encourage her to try and go. I thought this sounded silly, but it actually worked!



Anyways, good luck. Fortunately, I do not have the same problem with my son......he is 2 1/2 and goes about 4 times a day :)

Shante - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son is 31 months old and we just recently went through this...our pediatrician told us that it might have to do with potty training...has your daughter started potty training yet?  If so, you might try putting her back in a diaper to see if it makes her more comfortable to go??



Just a thought...hope you find something that works soon!

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