what is a good stool softener for a one year old

Bonnie - posted on 10/23/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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prune juice apple juice grapes apples none of them seem to work any more any suggestions?

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Alexandra - posted on 10/25/2012

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I am currently having an issue with my 19 month old son. He goes everyday but it is hard as a rock! Past two days it took him over an hour to go...and he we crying in pain! What do you think could help him. He is a picky eater but loves fruits..so needless to say we have tried all the fruits listed above. Nothing seems to work and just makes him gasy.

Diana - posted on 10/26/2012

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Water in which you boiled for 15 minutes some oatmeal, leave it with the oatmeal until it gets cool enough and use just the water. I was using this instead of water for 3 months, when my daughter was 4 months old. If that does not help try some beetroot (some fresh juice from it), it is very powerful, so be careful with the dose and don't be afraid if you notice that the urine is pink, that is from the beetroot

Joan - posted on 10/23/2010

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people used to put a little karo syrup in warm water. juices and fruits that start with p are supposed to be helpful also.

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Lots of water helps my son when he gets stopped up. And on the days when he won't drink water by itself, I put a splash of juice (apple, grape, whatever we have) to get him to drink it. I also like to keep white grape juice on hand. Our nutritionist said it's great for digestive issues. Good luck!



Edited to add: I also just wanted to mention that you don't want to overload on straight juice because sometimes it can take a few days to work itself out and then if you've given too much juice you'll have the opposite problem.

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Nicole - posted on 10/26/2012

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i give my daughter orange Metamucil, just a dash in a sippy of water and it would help.

Janice - posted on 10/26/2012

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Boil a cabbage and give the child the juice of the boiled.cabbage....worked every time with my kids...or even mash the cabbage down with butter and serve with mash potatoes and a sausage....try it...cabbage always works.for me too

Holly - posted on 10/26/2012

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lots of water... they even have a formula that i had to use once for my infant, she got constipated alot... i rember her no older than 3 month old, when i raised her legs to wipe her but it was like a playdoh machine, her poop came out in the consistency of playdoh, which is not normal for an infant.

Lynn - posted on 10/26/2012

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Try Miralax. It's expensive, but don't need a prescription. It's tasteless and you just mix it into water or juice. Works wonderfully!

Stephanie - posted on 10/26/2012

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Have you tried Lax-a-day? Its a polyethylene glycol powder with no taste at all. We had the same problem, and our PED told us to try that. Our daughter is now 19mo and still has to have 1/2 a teaspoon in her milk every other day to keep her regular and soft. We started this when she was 9 mo old

Francine - posted on 10/23/2010

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Dried apricots and actual prunes worked perfectly for my little one. 3-4 a dozen a day.

Sharon - posted on 10/23/2010

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I give our little guy Pear Juice, works great. Softens without making it too runny...sorry, gross I know!!

Heather - posted on 10/23/2010

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my 18 month old daughter was having this problem so I asked the phramacist and he said liquid colace is safe to use, so I got some and I give it to her once a day it seems to help.

Kate CP - posted on 10/23/2010

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Ask your pediatrician. Many OTC laxatives are safe for young children but it's best to ask your doctor first.

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