She won't Poo!

Emma - posted on 04/06/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daighter is almost 3 years old, we put off potty training for as long as possible, mainly because she was having none of it. Approximately 2 months ago she was noticed holding in her poo, and then she would cry when it was time to go, at that point we got rid of the nappies and started using the potty. In 6 weeks she is doing great with the 'wee' side of things and has only had 2 accidents (at the beginning), but she will not pass solids naturally. We have used Lactulose or Syrup of Figs but these give her a tummy ache, like that associated with Diarrhoea. I have resorted to Glycerine Suppositories but these are intrusive and traumatic for her. Can anybody give me some alternatives to try out?

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Tammy - posted on 04/10/2011

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Try feeding her a Fiber One bar. They taste yummy, and will definitely make you go!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/09/2011

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Prune juice is natural and will not give her a tummy ache most likely...she may even like it ..my daughters love it. We also buy pitted prunes and put them in the freezer for a snack. They LOVE it. ..strange kids I know lol

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Candace That does sound gross but I totally agree with you. I think kids need to see mom and dad do their business to see that it is ok to poo on the potty.

Candace - posted on 04/08/2011

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Grapes and raisins are really high in fiber. Like others have said, prune juice and apple juice. My son had a bad bout of constipation when we switched to whole milk and we used a liquid stool softener, docusate sodium in his drinks. Is she constipated or afraid to go? I've heard that when kids are that age, it feels like they are losing a part of themselves. This is gross, but maybe she needs to see her parents go and see what you "make." I read that recently somewhere.

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Tiffany is right. Prunes are the best. Also, prune juice, increase her water intake, cut back on bananas as sometimes they bind, and if you haven't switched from whole milk to 1% yet you might want to do so. My nephew was drinking way too much whole milk it made his poops so hard his butt bled. His Dr reccommended the low fat milk and to cut back on the dairy. Another thing that might help too is warm apple juice. Hope this helps.

Karen - posted on 04/07/2011

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A friend of mine put wheat germ powder in all her daughter's food and it worked like a charm. Sprinkle it on everything, make smoothies etc.
Also I have heard hemmeroids can develop from holding it in. Perhaps get some cream for her 'back door' as well :-) Good luck!

Tiffany Michelle - posted on 04/07/2011

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you're very welcome . . . i hope everything works out, and she's ok . . .

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Check with your doctor, but a friend recommended MiraLax for for my little one who was 1-1/2 and holding it in because my friend's daughter had had the same problem. It worked great for us, and after a while of not having painful poops, she eventually stopped holding it in, and we could stop using MiraLax. We haven't had to use it in a long time now, and she doesn't hold it in anymore. Definitly check with your doctor about dosing, though, because the dose for little ones isn't listed on the bottle. It's definitely traumatic for them to have painful poops, which only leads to holding it in more, and it's a dangerous cycle. Good luck!

Emma - posted on 04/07/2011

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Thank you, will definitely try the prunes as they might be less brutal than the syrup of figs and will speak to my doctor about her diet, she doesn't have a lot of dairy products (she even refused baby milk from quite an early age) so maybe it's the reverse for my one. Thank you

Tiffany Michelle - posted on 04/06/2011

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When my daughter couldn't go my mother told me to give her prunes . . . that might work . . . and I know she might fight you on it, but try the baby prunes . . . get it through the system faster . . . and something else you might want to consider is her diet . . . A friend of mine's son was having tummy aches cause he couldn't go, and turned out he was having an allergic reaction to dairy products . . . it's just something to think about, and maybe talk to your doctor about . . .

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