Is there a laxative for kids out there?

Kate - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 110 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old is having problems pooping and lately when she does, it is big and hard! Is there anything that I can give her to soften her poop? We have been giving her lots of water and trying different foods that are fairly high in fiber. Any other suggestions?

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Taunya - posted on 10/28/2009

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i agree with the holding on part. if they hold on too long they can get impacted and that is gonna be a real problem.

Cassandra - posted on 10/28/2009

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My son is 6 and had alot of constipation problems. After an xray they discovered he was really backed up. They had us try a sulfate drink to 'flush him out' (not fun) and then we started him on MiraLax. I would talk to your daughter's doctor before you start anythign like that though. We also were told to avoid deep-fried foods and things like cheese, canned vegetables, oatmeal, and applesauce. Your doctor might be able to give you a list a foods that she'll like that will help her.

SHERRI - posted on 10/27/2009

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I have been having this same issue with my almost nine year old. Take her to a specialist to be seen. Most of the time, it is something the child has decided to not do, however, there could be underlying health reasons for this. Do not give the laxative unless your dr tells you to. Trust me it is not fun for the child or parent. I had to give my daughter an enema for 3 days straight. THe only over the counter laxative is Fletchers and it is the one that is the best. Good Luck!! I know how you feel!!

Debra - posted on 10/28/2009

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Raw veggies, prunes, prune juice, green apples, warm beverages, lots of water, and exercise are great. Avoiding constipating foods is also great advice--especially cheese, ice cream, meat, chips, pizza, and processed foods. I would be very cautious with mineral oil it can cause absorption problems. I wouldnt try any over the counter medications until you speak with your childs primary care provider to make sure there aren't any health concerns. Giving over the counter laxatives in the wrong doses to chldren and cause electrolyte imbalances, dehydration, and absorption problems.

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Katie - posted on 10/28/2009

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as a last resort...a glycerin suppository is a gentle and safe laxative. of course talk with your pediatrician, but as a nurse, I've seen them work wonders in even little babies! Good luck

Angela - posted on 10/27/2009

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not to much dairy and lots of fresh fruits and greens and apple juice our grape juice

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Yes I don't know if it's available over the counter but our pediatrician prescribes Miralax. Our girls 4 and 6 take 1 capful every night. The bottle is huge. They have only been taking it 4 days so I can't tell if it's helping a lot or not. Good luck

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Quoting Kate:

Is there a laxative for kids out there?

My 3 year old is having problems pooping and lately when she does, it is big and hard! Is there anything that I can give her to soften her poop? We have been giving her lots of water and trying different foods that are fairly high in fiber. Any other suggestions?



Hey my daughter Layla has had trouble since she was six month old and I have tried everything from apple juice to prune juice and all the foods that start with a P and we have tried all the high fiber foods and I have been using Miralax forever and it has worked for her there is a downside to the miralax there will be days when she will have a hard poop but it still comes out easy. I hope everything works out for you! Good Luck and God Bless. Lisa

Lilly - posted on 10/27/2009

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I suggest raisins, grapes,broccoli,or prunes. Anything natural. always works for me.

Librada - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hi Kate, try a tea spoon of mineral oil and mix it with her juice. Mineral oil is natural and harmless and its also advertised as a lubricant. It may help her a little.

Pamela - posted on 10/27/2009

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Have you tried like a prune pudding? last in fridge for a week. Mix prunes, applesauce, some sort of bran flakes or could use ground flax seed mix in processor and give tablespoon in morning usually works by night. Warm prune juice or some older people think hot water works too.

Katie - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hi there, mine had a similar problem and we were advised by the pharmacist to use fig syrup.. its available at most pharmacies and natural. worked a treat. i believe its called califig.

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THEY SAY TO GIVE THEM APPLE JUICE LIKE HALF WATER AND HALF JUICE.. EVEN PEAR JUICE HELPED MY KIDS.. SHES OLDER AND EATING LOTS OF DIFFERNT FOODS SHE WILL NEED HELP GOING... GOOD LUCK

Donna - posted on 10/27/2009

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Post a reply! When my son was little he had this problem. The Dr. told me to give him a baby juice every night before bed. I gave him apple/ grape and apple/ prune. He started going first thing every morning and it was easier and softer...

Korin - posted on 10/27/2009

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my daughter has the same issue and has since birth. the doctor gave her a prescription for lactulose. it is sugar water (good sugar) and it helps your child go easily.

Kelli - posted on 10/27/2009

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Miralax worked miracles for my son. he is now three and had the same issues. It is tastless and just mixes in any liquid-milk or juice.

Lia - posted on 10/27/2009

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Yes there is a laxative for children.If you buy over the counter laxatives go to the pharmacy they will let you know what is good for your child.I think the name of the laxative for children is called Fleet Glycerin Suppositories or you can get the store brand but make sure it's for children

Mary - posted on 10/27/2009

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ok you're getting a lot of help on here but I have a few suggestions. I have always given apple juice when my boys were bound up. Another thing is water, plenty of water helps keep little ones regular, if you have problems getting her to drink enough water, put a little sugar or Karo syrup in it to sweeten it. Also, too much iron in the diet will cause constipation, so if she is on a vitamin, check how much iron is in it. One last thing, a lot of cheese or milk (any dairy really) can cause the problem as well, so limit the amount she gets. I hope I have helped a bit! Good luck! p.s. I wouldn't use laxatives except as a last resort and only if the doctor says she needs it.

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009

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I don't know how it would be 4 a 3 year old but we used to use karo syrup in my sons bottles to help him poop. that may work mixed with some milk or juice. It worked great 4 him. Hope this helps.

Azra - posted on 10/27/2009

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I have used Plum Smart Juice. Fresh figs if you can find them if not you can buy dry and cook them. You would boil water and add little suger and than drop dry figs in it and let it cook I would say at least 15 min on med temp. Dry or fresh plums. Yogurt and butter milk will help. have you kid walk.

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2009

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yes there is a laxitive that taste like root beer you can get it at walmart it's called fletchers laxitives for kids

Tina - posted on 10/27/2009

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Did you know that the gastroenterologist said that Apples and white bread are the worst on constipation?

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2009

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Miralax will work, I actually just stick with apple juice, couple glasses of that usually does the trick

Tina - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hi there. My son is now two and he had a lot of problems with going the bathroom, we finally had to take him to the gastroenterologist. He recommends Miralax. He said that it is safe and it absorbs in the body and is not a stimulant, It just kind of bonds to the poop like jello so that it lubricates. I love the stuff and they told me use can use it often because it does not make their belly hurt like all the other srimulants out there. I use to use it three or four times a day for a while until he started pooping regularly. I never found suppositories never worked as well. Well good luck with your daughter. It is really hard to help them. Mine use to almost pass out from pain and pushing so hard until miralax I love the stuff

Grace - posted on 10/27/2009

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Try adding a spoonful of flax seed meal to the cereal. It doesn't have a taste and it is natural. You can get it at any grocery store and it isn't very expensive. You will need to adjust the dose as it soon as it starts working.

Leisa - posted on 10/27/2009

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my mum suggested to me to give them orange juice it helped heaps with all my kids maybe this might help with ur 3 yr old also keep up the water too

Lisa - posted on 10/27/2009

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I would not give her any laxatives unless the doctor ok's them! But Welch's makes a new grape juice that is high in fiber, i'd have her drink a lot of that. My nephew has the same prob, all you can really do is fill them w/ fruits like apples and fiber.

Jenny - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son had chronic constipation and the best thing was mineral oil. I gave him a tablespoon of that and he has never had problems since. Even now I give my other kids mineral oil when they are a little constipated and it works every time

Rosa - posted on 10/26/2009

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I second all these moms they're all right mineral oil, suppositories, prune juice, they all work. But I'll give you a little hint that helped my children.... Karo corn syrup, to keep my children stool soft I'd add 1oz. to either their milk or juice this was great cause they would drink it and didn't even realize it was there. If anything it made teir milk a little sweeter.If you happen to buy the Karo corn syrup get the one with the clear syrup so when you put it in your child beverage it doesn't change the appearance. GOOD LUCK!

Sherri - posted on 10/26/2009

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I think all children have this problems sometimes. My mom always said fruit that starts with P will make you POOP! lol Pears, peaches, plums, prunes. If you can get her to eat any of these fruits atleast once every day, I guarantee it will help! It always worked for my kids!

Lisa - posted on 10/26/2009

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Mineral oil. But ask your doctor or his nurse how much and how often to give to your child. Prune juice works but a little too well.

Amanda - posted on 10/26/2009

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yup its a life savor and you will feel horrible once it works its called senokot ask your pharmacist how much to give if you give to much the kid will have it coming out both ends and not enought it will just gas them up.

Christy - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son did that and his doc said to give him 1/4 tsp of Benefiber. Just put it in juice or water any drink really.

Breanne - posted on 10/26/2009

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I have the same prob with my 2 yr old, so i went to the doctor and they put her on Lactalose. it works so awesome!!!!!

Stephanie - posted on 10/26/2009

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i used prune juice just a bit of it mixed in grape juice every other day or they might have the runs or if your kid is not a picky eater like mine try pineapple its a natural fruit that unplugs any kid and it is gentle to their stomach too! hope all works out for you!

Terri - posted on 10/26/2009

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My doctor gave my son lactugal, my son went on that when he was only like 1-2 months old. It works as well he is almost 5months and hasn't had it for a good couple of weeks. Go and ask your doctor for it.

Tesha - posted on 10/26/2009

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Everyone has said it.. Prune Juice! You dont really need too much. I would talk to your pediatrician and ask how much to give a 3 year old. I had to give it to my oldest daughter when she was a baby and I put a couple of drops in her bottle.. and that couple caused an explosion that I was literally scared to change. All through her sleeper (the ones with the feet).. from feet to bottom of her neck! It was gross! it took two people to clean up. LOL

Teresa - posted on 10/26/2009

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Sounds just like my daughter....I would feed her pancakes with white syrup at least once a week. My grandma said she used to give it to me. Worked like a charm. Hope it works for you also.

Crystal - posted on 10/26/2009

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Post a reply! Hey you know they said kayro syrup is always good!!! it worked for me!!!

Dixomara - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son use to have the same problem too. It was so hard that it made him scared of going potty. We tried Miralax, which worked for a while but I did not wanted to be giving him laxative constantly. I did not wanted him to depend from something to go potty. I spoke to the doctor again and finally found something very simple that help a lot. We started sitting him down in the potty every day after dinner for him to try pooping. At first was difficult since he was so scared but with time it started coming out softer, smaller and easier. It became so natural, that he started going every day by himself and at the end he came out so happy saying that he did it and it did not hurt. He still goes every night at the same time and has not been constipated for a full year now.

Liz - posted on 10/26/2009

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Ask the doctor for lactulose...it works wonders...It tastes like very very very sweet syrup so its not the nastiest of tastes....My 11 month old has used it a few times (and so have I)

Lau - posted on 10/26/2009

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HI Kate : try some brown treacle sugar in water : worked for Michaela :) I to 2 teaspoons in a glass of water (will be sweet, I know)

Traci - posted on 10/25/2009

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Try raisins, pears and pear juice. They have all worked for us. Miralax works too!

Lori - posted on 10/25/2009

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the only laxative i ever used was "Juicy juice" or "belly washers" from the gas station with the cute little bottles LOL...worked every time all kidding aside walgreens has a childrens suppository...i was scared to use one but it was easy...tt your doctor first though

Bekki - posted on 10/25/2009

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Never give your child a laxative without a doctors order. Childrens bodies are so sensitive to electrolyte loss it can cause serious problems. Children lose more fluids and lytes due to insensible losses (through the skin.. sweating, heat loss, ect.) than adults do. Their lyte levels are sensitive and using a laxative can throw off their levels and dehydrate them in less than a few hours.
Try all natural remedies like prune juice and stimulation, If you wipe her bottom it stimulates parastalsis and can result in a bowel movement.
Possibly have her checked for Encopresis. At her age she may be unconsciously holding it in with stretches the rectal tract and makes for large hard stools that are difficult to pass.

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