My son gets really constipated

Arika - posted on 09/09/2009 ( 82 moms have responded )

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My son doesn't drink water and when its time to go to the bathroom he's in a lot of pain and it hurts me to see him like this,how can I get him to drink water or what else can I do for constipation?

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Staci - posted on 09/13/2009

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try grapes,the main thing in grapes is found in the medicine they give children to loosen them up,my daughters consultant told me that it would be better than dosing her up with medication.not too many a day though or they'll be a bit too loose!

Samantha - posted on 09/09/2009

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You can try Karo syrup mix it into whatever he eats. use like a teaspoon.

Janelle - posted on 10/12/2010

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wow not to be rude or mean but I am reading so much horrible advice. To top the list is soy milk... STAY AWAY FROM SOY MILK, its such a bad product nutritionally speaking, karo syrup, corn syrup? are you serious?? I think there are much better remedies than giving your child these things. Mineral oil?? Do you know what that is made out of? It is not "minerals" it is liquid petroleum-a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline" how can anyone put a by-product of gasoline into their bodies (or on it for that matter)?
Do not make stupid decision just for the sake of having a bowel movement, yes its important to get the bowels moving but there ARE MUCH safer and easier ways than using harmful products... or taking out very HEALTHY products like FULL fat milk (required for the development of a child), cheese, yogurt. I think we need some more nutritionists on this board.
There is some good advice like prune juice, more water-do not add syrup to it!, milk of magnesia, and I think the last attempt would be fiber supplements.

Zoe - posted on 09/12/2009

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i know that grap water is for babies but it is the best thing i find for constipation give him a spoon full a day or night whichever and he will be goin to the toliet in the next cuplle of days xxx

Colleen - posted on 09/12/2009

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My little guy also battled from a baby with wind and constipation. By the age of 3 he was much better and now he's as regular as Larry! I found Pro-biotic drops helped alot and cut down the wind factor drastically. I managed to get him to drink diluted cloudy apple and pear juice, which also helped. When you see your son straining try bicycling his legs and firmly rubbing his back in a clockwise direction. It seems to help with moving the blockage down. It's horrible I know, hang in there.

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Anju - posted on 02/15/2013

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quinoa works well if your son son is really constipated . Because my son was struggling very hard and he was poopping once in evry 4-5 days and was bleeding too. i tried almost evrything like prunes,raisins, kiwi, apricot, melons, berries, oats, wheat, pasta, brown rice, yogurt, lots of water, juice
etc etc... and i was said to give MIRALAX by my pediatrician... but i didn't want to give any medicine...i tried by changing his diet .. now i found that papaya and quinoa works well. he is poopping eveyday without any problem. no more stuggling..no bleeding

Ana - posted on 10/12/2010

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how about fiber gummies? my son was pooping every 3-4 days....i give him one fiber gummie a day and he has become mroe regular...the directions say to give him three gummies but i dont want him on the toilet all day...

C. - posted on 10/12/2010

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My son had a lot of problems with constipation ever since he was put on formula (soy) and then it got worse after he was put on baby cereal at too young of an age at the urgency of his doctor.



Prunes are really good. I don't know how your son is, but my son LOVES fruit- almost any kind of fruit. He'll eat prunes really well, especially when he was starting to eat solids. He's 2 now and he still has problems every now and then. But you have to make sure he gets enough water and fiber. If your son is old enough for water, give him some and if he won't drink it straight, mix it with a LITTLE bit of fruit or vegetable juice. That's another thing.. Vegetable juice. My son LOVES it. If your son will drink it, buy the low sodium kind and give him some of that. It's packed with fiber. Make sure he's eating enough fruits and vegetables whole, though and eats whole grains, if he's old enough. It's crucial in order to keep your baby from being in too much pain when they go to the bathroom.



Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2010

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Watermelon's have lots of water in them. Popsicle made with real juice (like watermelon pops) or I think pedialite has a popsicle too. Good luck!

Janelle - posted on 10/12/2010

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oops and I forgot to mention do not give your child bran anything... the bran of grains is very high in phytic acid which pulls minerals out of the body.... unless you porperly prepare it by soaking in whey or lemon juice in a warm place to neutralize the phytic acid and prevent mineral deficiencies.

Lori - posted on 10/06/2009

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Both my girls had the same problem. Try to get him to eat high fiber foods (apples, frosted mini wheats, peaches, wheat bread(it has 5 grams fiber per serving), and other food options.) Try the sugar free shake in packets to water or 1/2 apple juice 1/2 water. Also Miralax at a 1/4 dose for 1 month everyday will get his system on track with no cramping . This has made our stomach complications much better.

Lupe - posted on 10/06/2009

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I would try fruits or for immediate relief a supository will help but try encouraging him to drink some fluids. Introduce them slowly.

Tina - posted on 10/06/2009

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Try cranberry juice diluted with water so it is not so strong yet still taste sweet to him.

Danielle - posted on 09/13/2009

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apple juice,prunes,prune juice,grape juice, stay away from bananas,and then watch out the diaper will be bad!

Mandy - posted on 09/13/2009

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I don't know how old your son is but there are some stool softners safe for children. There are also suppositiories. These will help with the discomfort but in order to solve the problem you might want to just make sure that he is drinking enough in general whether it is water or not. He maybe holding it because its painfu. If he can take a stool softner than maybe you can reassure him that it will be softer and not hurt as much, but this depends on his age.

Stephanie - posted on 09/13/2009

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My 4 yr.old daughter is a chronic sufferer of constipation. Her pediatrician suggested Miralax in which it has no taste and can be added to any liquid. Miralax comes in a powder form and can be purchased over the counter. It works very well for her and my other children when needed. I still give her an occasional Sunsweet dried prune every couple of days. Believe me I feel your pain, we have tried so many different things over the years, and I felt like crying to watch her in so much pain, you will find something that will work for him. Always the best advice take him to the doctor.

Terri - posted on 09/13/2009

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Try prunes, they now have flavored( orange) prunes, they taste like candy! I used them for my son who was constipated.

Jenny - posted on 09/13/2009

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How old is he? My daughter has Encopresis, which is Chronic constipation, and she drinks water all the time, pretty much all she will drink. You might have to have him checked out by his pediatrician.

Stephanie - posted on 09/12/2009

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My five year old stops himself from going until he can't any longer. Then it really hurts him to go. The Dr's said not to feed him cheese, yogurt, or peanut butter. He needs to eat apple's with the skin, it helps them. Also popcorn. And plenty of juice, juicy juice is the best for him to drink and go.

Angela - posted on 09/12/2009

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My doctor told me to put a teaspoon of corn syrup in his bottle it really helped

Arika - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Samantha:



Quoting ISELA:

I had the same problem with my boy when he was younger, I would give him a little bit of warm tea called manzanilla that would help him in minutes...






Manzanilla is Chamomile in english.



Thanks because I had no idea what that was





 

Arika - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Sandy:

my daughter had the same problem (she would bleed when she went!) and I started her on organic soy milk instead of cow's milk and it helped a lot!!!



Thanks because on his bad days he bleeds too and his stools are really hard.

Tara - posted on 09/12/2009

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i had this promblem with my little girl whos 20 months old now...you need to nip it in the bud asap as he will think going to toliet is painful..my little girls on movical its a long process shes bin on it since january this year it started when she was 6 months old were weaning her off it now, its not all about eating but its more to do with how much they are drinking i couldnt get my little 1 2 drink much in the beginning(she drinks plenty now) it wasnt what she was eating either they kept saying fruit & veg which she was getting plenty..go & c your doctor if u havent already..good luck its not nice to see them in pain i felt helpless.

Kelly - posted on 09/12/2009

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Epsom salt baths have helped my severely constipated son. We used to have to give him benefiber twice a day, but now he's fine.

Shawna - posted on 09/11/2009

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my neice had the same problem, we gave her dark kayro syrup and warm water or apple juice that seemed to help her alot, good luck

Alyssa - posted on 09/11/2009

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A little boy I babysit use to get very constipated, so she asked her peds doc and she said a teaspoon of mineral oil. This little boy is very picky, but drinks it just fine and has put an end to his very painful constipation. You add it to the childs daily diet, if they child won't take it by spoon, then add it to their drink. You have to continue it, or the child goes back to having constipation! Good luck!

Sandy - posted on 09/11/2009

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my daughter had the same problem (she would bleed when she went!) and I started her on organic soy milk instead of cow's milk and it helped a lot!!!

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Hi! Although water is needed it is more important by far to get him some fibre!! This means fruit, cereals or veggies. Fruit is the easiest to get them to eat of course. The fibre gets everything moving through his digestive tract and makes it much easier for him to go number two without as much work or pain. Good luck!

Savannah - posted on 09/11/2009

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I had this problem with my son. Turns out it was the milk. I was giving him whole milk like I was told to do until he was two, as soon as he turned two and i switched him to 1% the constipation problem went away!!! So for my second son I never gave him whole milk, I've just used 1% ever since.

Leigh - posted on 09/11/2009

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On top of plenty of water, make sure he gets plenty of fat. It's made a big difference for my kids. Even more of a difference than fiber.

Jaime - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son had the same problem when he was a baby...my doctor sent me to the grocery store to pick up some prune juice. He wouldn't drink it straight, but we watered it down and he liked it just fine...cleared him right up. We just made sure that he drank a little each day.

Jessica - posted on 09/10/2009

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When my daughter was younger i gave her prune juice, but she didn't care for it, but then i tried grape juice and it always helped within an hour. Good luck

Lauren - posted on 09/10/2009

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I suggest using Infant and Toddler Probiotics to help regulate your son and also build his immune system, there is also Benefiber. Both of these can be found at drugstores (with a health food section) and can be added to liquid without being detected.

Joanne - posted on 09/10/2009

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My 1 year old was having the same problems, I did take him to the dr and he gave a laxative that helped, but I also but a bit of pure apple juice in his water (cus he did not like to drink water either) and he started to drink it...I only put a little in his sippy cup every 2 days and now he drinks water

Samantha - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting ISELA:

I had the same problem with my boy when he was younger, I would give him a little bit of warm tea called manzanilla that would help him in minutes...



Manzanilla is Chamomile in english.

Carrie - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Arika:

Do you use the flax oil everyday?



Yes we use the flax oil once a day.  He has it with yogurt or a motts fruitstations.  The only thing is that you can not heat it.  You can put it in cereals or anything really.  I give my son who is 19 months old about between 1/2 - 1 tbsp each day.  There are so many other good things to having it.  There is lots of omega 3 & 6 in it for the development of the brain.  If your son is drinking too much milk and having too much dairy products that might be a cause of his constipation.  If you want to ask more questions about using the oil and stuff just email me at star_282@hotmail.com

Arika - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Judy:



Quoting Arika:

He doesnt really drink juice either and the only way I can get him to drink it is if I get those milk flavoring straws






I no you said he don't drink water. Have you tried the flavored water they have out. He might drink it if it is flavored. It is just a idea. Good Luck with your little guy.






Sorry I meant to say that he doesnt really drink milk either

Kelly - posted on 09/10/2009

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What helped us recently:

Watermelon

Drinking water with a straw

Miralax added to Orange Juice

We also cut down on foods with enriched flour ingredient

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2009

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Our doctor suggested Miralax. My son has the same problem. Putting a little bit in his milk, juice, water every day has been so helpful. I wish there was a better answer. Unfortunately, he might end up with my tummy problems. :-(

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a friend of mine used to have that problem and the doctor told her to put karo syrup in her milk... only like maybe a table spoon for a 8oz bottle and it helped a lot.

Bridget - posted on 09/10/2009

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mix a cuppie of half juice with water, prune juice does good,as well as a banana. also you can get some mirlax,either by perscription or buy it at the local drug store or walmart and mix it into their drink. usually with in 12 hrs, it should work. it worked with my son. Mirlax does work and also you can try giving him some of a fiber bar,like kellogs fiber plus. My 2 1/2 yr loves it bc he thinks that it is chocolate, that he wants to eat the whole thing and he loves chocolate! let me know if you need anything else.



Bridget

Claire - posted on 09/10/2009

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Quoting Arika:

My son gets really constipated

My son doesn't drink water and when its time to go to the bathroom he's in a lot of pain and it hurts me to see him like this,how can I get him to drink water or what else can I do for constipation?



My advice: I have a granddaughter that does the same.  NEVER give him white bread, but  change this to WHOLEWHEAT!! White bread is very bad for children. Give him lots of fruit that can stimulate his bowels.  NO BANANAS! Vegies are very good but you'll have to teach him from small to eat them. A teaspoon of olive oil every morning in his juice helps very well!

Stacey - posted on 09/09/2009

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Prune juice, apple cider, papaya all work. I used to get papaya concentrate from the health food store and put about a tablespoon in my baby's formula and later in water. Whatever liquid and fiber you can get into him. Flaxseed/oil. Lots of options. It's hard watching your little one go through this I know - we even used a suppository at one point - I don't ever want to put my little one thru that again. So take it from mom's who've been there. I say go as natural as you can and if those methods don't work then go the way of medications. Good luck.

Christine - posted on 09/09/2009

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When my son was suffering I used prune juice. Gerber makes a childrens prune juice. They also make an apple-prune juice. If it was bad enough and that didnt work my sister had suggested to me to mix brown sugar in his water and believe me that worked miracles. The more brown sugar the softer the stool. Just make sure you dont put too much as that can lead to diarrhea.

Jan - posted on 09/09/2009

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When my kids where small. Depending on age if he still eats baby food give him prunes from Gerber. Or give him prune juice watered down. That always worked. Just be ready for the results. Make sure he drinks water daily to help flush his system. Is he on any medications that can cause constipation as a side effect. Give him fiber that will help regulate him. :)

ISELA - posted on 09/09/2009

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I had the same problem with my boy when he was younger, I would give him a little bit of warm tea called manzanilla that would help him in minutes...

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