Constipated

Ruby - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 192 moms have responded )

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I have a 1 yr old son who just recently started being constipated. Before I take him to the doctor (because I know they have some meds for this) I want to know if anyone has any home remedies I can try.

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Rachael - posted on 02/28/2010

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Everyone seems to have great ideas with food/drink options. When he's trying to poo, see if you can get him to try blowing one of those party whistles that unwrap or blowing up a balloon (probably a bit hard at his age). This actions get the right muscles contracting/relaxing and working.

Judy - posted on 02/28/2010

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You might want to check with your doctor to see if a one year old can use this - you can use Benefiber in milk, water, baby food. It has no taste, so it goes down well. It will help to keep him regular. The doctor could tell you if it is safe for a one year old and how much to use.

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plum juice!! not sure who males it my daughter gives it to my granddaughter who has been constipated since birth!! I felt soo bad so i told her to give her the juice or even prunes as a snack r great ...its not a med its natural try to stay away from diaretics and over the counter products PLUM JUICE

Kristy - posted on 02/28/2010

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Lot of foods with Fiber, some brocholi and rough foods that help to keep his system clean. He may just be one of those people that need to watch what they eat because they get backed up easily

Edel - posted on 02/28/2010

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A spoonful of brown sugar in warm water. This always works for my kids. If you dont have brown sugar white will do, i just use brown.

Corinna - posted on 02/28/2010

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Try plum juice daily or you can stew some prunes until really soft, puree', and then spread on bread like peanut butter and jelly.

Meredith - posted on 02/28/2010

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if it is cronic, try switching to soymilk....it worked a miracle for our son. cows mile was the culprit for two years and we didn't know it! miralax is what our doctor had him on for two years until we discovered the soy milk.

Amanda - posted on 02/28/2010

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The same thing happened with my daughter & the doc diagnosed her as lactose intolerant & prescribed a medication that I had to add to her juice or milk (which gave the drink a funny taste). This resulted in an "upset tummy" & most of the time runny stool. I found Fiber Gummies, they are made by Pedia-Lax! She takes 3 a day & so far so good! I'm thinking about slowly introducing dairy back into her diet... fingers crossed!! **Good Luck**

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a lots of water (or other drinks) and movement. and fibre-food.

milk and chocolate are no good, neither are apples or bananas.



succes!

Patricia Martel - posted on 02/28/2010

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I don't know if he's able to eat oatmeal bars but I give my grandkids the Fiber One Oatmeal bars with 9 grams of fiber and they love them. You can find them in the store brand too but you have to check to be sure they're the ones with 9 grams of fiber. You could try that if he's able to eat them and keep giving them to him at snack time to try to keep him regular once he gets going again. They work for me!

Irene - posted on 02/28/2010

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DO NOT USE KARO SYRUP! If you go to the mayo clinic.com. It will tell you not to use Karo Syrup anymore! It can give infant boutulism, kind of the same effect has honey. That fact that Karo syrup will drawl more fluid into the intestines making it easier for babies to poop. They are now finding it can also make little kids sicker.

Kathy - posted on 02/28/2010

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Remember that rice, applesauce, and bananas are binding, which is why they're part of the BRAT diet recommended for diarrhea, so if you eat too much of them, they'll have a constipating effect. Also, constipation is a sign of a food intolerance (could be any new food that you've introduced). Look at the ingredients in Miralax before you try it.

Shannon - posted on 02/28/2010

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If you medicate the problem before trying everything else first, you train his body to not recognize the urge to poop. It's a muscle thing. Basically, his sphinkter muscle gets lazy. In addition to other suggestions, try watermelon. It's a high water content food with fiber as well. Anytime there is a change in diet, it takes getting used to. Same with adults. There are many foods that will cause costipation too. So pay attention to that. Keep the sugars lower and the fiber higher. Give it time. Good luck.

Kirsten - posted on 02/28/2010

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When my three year old was younger, we battled constipation for months, with multiple dr. visits. Most pediatricians won't give you medicine for this, because it is very bad for a child to come to rely on these. Here is what we did, and these things helped:



No "BRAT" foods (which help with diarrhea) : bananas, rice, rice cereal, rice milk, rice chex cereal etc, apple sauce, or (t stands for toast) white bread and white pasta -- these foods tend to add to the problem. Lots of cheese can also cause problems, so limit cheese intake.



Increase fiber rich foods and liquids (breast milk, formula, water, juice): corn, corn cereal (like corn chex, corn pops, etc.) blueberries, beans, apples (with skins), pears, peas, baby food: peas, green beans, and small amounts of prunes (too many prunes can cause gas). Gerber sells prune juice, but I found my daughter didn't like it. Gerber also sells pear juice, which works just as well - give 4 oz. per day (watered down) if your baby will drink it. If you give foods like mac and cheese or pasta, make it whole grain, since these are more fiber rich. Also stick with whole wheat bread.



If your baby is struggling to poop, put him on the potty (either a potty chair or a potty seat) or just hold him over the potty. Often, the fresh air under the bottom will encourage things to get moving.



If you think he has a big poop on deck, you can use an infant glycerin suppository (not fun, but does work) and also, spread a & d or Vaseline around the outside of the bottom to make it a little more comfortable to push it out. You can find the infant suppositories at any drugstore or Target or Walmart.



Good luck!

Amy - posted on 02/28/2010

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my health visitor suggested diluted prune juice when my son was badly consipated. (diluted 6:1) and she said if it was sever brown sugar in water. (but this is oinly to be used in sever cases and should be treated like medicine so they dont get used to it) hope this helps. xx

Amy - posted on 02/28/2010

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my health visitor suggested diluted prune juice when my son was badly consipated. (diluted 6:1) and she said if it was sever brown sugar in water. (but this is oinly to be used in sever cases and should be treated like medicine so they dont get used to it) hope this helps. xx

Sandra - posted on 02/28/2010

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when my son was about 2 or 3 he would get constipated...someone suggested coffee....worked great

Laurie - posted on 02/28/2010

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The Karo syrup worked like a charm when my son was a baby!!! And when he was old enough for table foods - waffles or pancakes with maple syrup (aunt Jemima kind , not real)

Autumn - posted on 02/28/2010

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fiber! anything that he can eat that has fiber in it will help him out alot! Im in school to become a Medical Assistant. Promise fiber will help!

Laura - posted on 02/28/2010

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my daughter has bad constipation problems and has to take miralax 2 times a day. try putting him in a warm tub that sometimes helps. also dark caro syrup in their formula..1/2 a tsp should be enough

Samantha - posted on 02/28/2010

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Figs and raisins both work great ...you can mash them up with a food blender and add to yoghurt and stuff or you can let him eat them whole...also orange juice is about the best fluids to be getting into them when they are constipated...i used to work in a daycare centre for years and these remedies always seemed to work at this age....

Suzie - posted on 02/28/2010

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coloxyl drops can be bought at the chemist before you go to the doctor 3 - 4 drops in a cup of milk and should be good to go. probably a change of diet has caused like more iron than normal can do this and up the amount of water he drinks.



hope this helps

Kara - posted on 02/28/2010

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Pear juice, prune juice, water water water. There is also an over the counter med called Baby lax or pedilax. It is a rectal suppository, but it works very well and very quickly. Constipation in children is not harmful unless his belly becomes distended or painful.

Joanne - posted on 02/27/2010

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My wee girl suffered badly from constipation.My midwife told me to add a teaspoon of brown sugar to one of her bottles of milk a day for a few days in a row.It worked alright!All the best from Jo

Mary - posted on 02/27/2010

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I have always used apple juice on my children. You may want to make a 1/2 apple juice with 1/2 water at his age tho'.

Myia - posted on 02/27/2010

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Prune juice, or stage one baby food prunes. My daughter also likes the baby apple/prune juice. The Dr. told me to give my 9 mth old daughter prune juice. I use one of these and it always works great plus in taste good and it is not giving her processed stuff or chemicals that they don't need.

Shayne - posted on 02/27/2010

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did he just start on whole milk if so this is common ou could put a little karo syrup in it

Amy - posted on 02/27/2010

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Typically Pediatricians will immediately put a child on Mira-lax because constipation is a common problem especially when children are potty training. My daughter was on Mira-lax for 2 years and when she went 10 days without a bowel movement I decided to pursue a second opinion.

The Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital was able to determine that my child had a very long colon and therefore took longer for stool to pass. We immediately discontinued the Mira-lax and they "prescribed" Ex-lax, high fiber diet and limited white foods. Ever since my daughter has daily bowel movements. It is commonly referred to as idiopathic constipation - below is a link to their website for further information. Best of luck!

http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/svc/a...

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I went through the same thing with my 9 yr. old when she was an infant. The dr. told me to mix Karo in her drink and it worked like a charm! However, when I tried to pull up the exact amounts for you, I found an article that discusses this very problem and the reasons that Karo may not be best. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/karo-sy...

Sharon - posted on 02/27/2010

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We take our children to the chiropractor, since they were a couple of weeks old. Whenever they've started to be constipated, we've taken them and our chiropractor has helped greatly.

Claire - posted on 02/27/2010

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try left leg right hand or right leg left hand or rubbing your knuckles anticlockwise on the tummy it helped for my son hope this helps

Mary - posted on 02/27/2010

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My son is now 4 and has had constipation problems since he was about your son's age. His doctor recommended Miralax (really it is just fiber that you put in your son's water or juice or milk or whatever he drinks.) It is supposed to make his stool soft and it has really helped him over the years. He has been using it for a little over one year. When he wasn't taking it he wouldn't go to the bathroom for several days in a row. One time he even went 10 days without pooping so this has been really helpful to him and us. Another thing that you need to do is look at his diet. Make sure he is eating alot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains---things high in fiber should help him.

Gina - posted on 02/27/2010

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There are a lot of great responses posted about how to "alleviate" the constipation. However, it is better to "eliminate" it altogether by figuring out what is causing it. Lack of fiber can definitely contribute, as can wheat, dairy and processed foods.

Elena - posted on 02/27/2010

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fruit that begins with P will help- pears, prunes, peaches-etc. Lots of water too!

Maureen - posted on 02/27/2010

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Mineral oil in his drink. Put a teaspoon (or whatever it says in the bottle) into whatever he is drinking. My pediatrician told me that years ago and it worked like a charm -- and it's a cheap remedy.

Alice - posted on 02/27/2010

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Use a very small amount of pure olive oil(just put the nipple from the sippy cup in olive oil and then give to ur child thats plenty) or prune juice but be prepared to change alot of diapers lol. Both have worked for my son. Hope one works for you:)

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Gina is right, that is why I said slow on introduction of foods. curious how it is going now with it all? What happened.....

Andrea - posted on 02/27/2010

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I find that fruit like applesauce, pears and blueberries work for my son - cleans him right out and it's healthy for him. Lots of water helps too.

Gina - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hi Ruby,

Constipation is a diet issue. It is important to figure out what is causing it, or he could have other health issues in the future. I am happy to talk with you, if you would like some assistance with dietary consulting. You can reach me at 435-565-2062.

Warm Regards,
Gina Van Luven

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did you ever get a lot of great advice... some I would not take.. but I am a natural health nut now because I learnt through time what works. My oldest now expectin used to get constipated something fierce! Used the glycerin suppositories a lot... once I found out she was allergic to much of what I was feeding her, it was fine! Next a meridian trick that my chiro uses on me and have since learnt the genuine technique. The huston valve release. On an adult, 2" over and 2" down from the top of the hip bone = this on either side of the body, illeoceal and colon are located approx there. You put about 10lbs pressure (obviously a bit less on a child and not such a large areal so not 2 inches - bend up the right knee on a 45 degree angle and hold all of this for a minute - with in no time the meridial itself is corrected and more important the blockages should be released. Happy poopers are incredibly important - how it smells, how it is formed, all of this is important. Should be close to what was consumed, should not be too foul in odour and all of that. The rubbing of the tummy is the best advice I read on here, and counter clockwise is the best. Lots of fluids... lots of fluids, and more. Also food should be introduced very slowly and monitored how they respond to it. Allergies can be subtle. They also should not be made fun of about how they are - pooping is really important and you dont want them having that stuff sit in them because they are uncomfortable - and it does happen, just because they are little does not mean they dont pick up on how you feel.
Meds, fibrel... well. last resort - oil is a good one, but honestly, helping by just massaging the area is great. If it is too uncomfortable go in the foot - in the center of the arch towards the outside, that is the whol intestinal digestive area. k, - had lots of experience on this and happy now to know what works for them all! keep us posted please!

Theresa - posted on 02/26/2010

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Before you take him to the Dr. you might want to try putting a little karo syrup in his bottle if he takes one, if he does not then mix a litlt in with omse of his cereal. It works like a charm, you may have to do it acouple of times before you notice any thing. I used to have to use it with my oldest son, when he was a baby For an 8 ounce bottle try 1 tablespoon. I hope this helps.

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