mineral oil for constipated infant??

Fatima - posted on 01/20/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 15months n stays constipated most of the times,she passes hard stool.
its painful to watch her going through all that,a friend suggested about using mineral oil for her.
has anyone has any experience with that?
thankyou

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Lise - posted on 01/22/2011

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I personally wouldn't use that. I would look instead at what she eats. Cereal, bananas, BRAT diet foods, calcium things like milk and yogurt - all can be constipating. The P fruits (pears, peaches, prunes) are really good at helping things move.

I don't know if mineral oil would help; it may. I just usually prefer not to add anything that I normally wouldn't - giving her things to help her sleep, poop, etc. Changing her diet may be a simple, healthy fix.

Nikki - posted on 02/02/2011

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Yes, my 15 month old has had constipation problems since he was breastfed. We tried keeping the binding solids away from him and increasing water, juice, prune juice, apples, pears, all that stuff. My pediatrician prescribed Miralax also. It's safe to use for long term, but says they will usually eventually growing out of it. She also recommend we keep his milk intake to no more than 16oz a day since that can also cause the constipation. Talk to your pediatrician. My son did the same thing, it was like he was going thru labor the way he would push so hard, stop to breathe, then push again. And he would scream and cry, it was horrible to watch. Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 01/24/2011

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My 15 month old has been having the same problem since I have been switching her to all solid foods..tried to avoid it but finally had to break down and under doctor supervision gave her a 1/4 of a capful of miralax once a day for about 3 days..it helped her out tremendously..it just helps make bowel movements "softer" .

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Angela - posted on 05/21/2017

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My one year old son had chronic constipation and I was struggling to release his constipation but prune juice, gripe water etc didn't work, then a friend tld me about Toddlers magic tea that helped a lot and he started going daily without any pain.

Natalie - posted on 02/04/2011

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Hm ive havnt had this problem, But i know that when ever i give my on shreddies or kids version of weekobix he does poo, nicely not alot just enough, tho i hardly ever give it him as he doesnt need it. Plenty of water they say aswell dont they? maybe make your own little portion of fruit soothie aviod bannanas lol

Diana - posted on 02/04/2011

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Try having her eat prunes or drink prune or grape juice! Try to avoid too many bananas, applesauce and apple juice! My son had problems with being constipated and that is what my ped told me to try and to avoid. You might also try a couple tablespoons of Karo syrup in a glass of water and have her drink it. I'm sure she won't refuse because it is sweet but it works!

Becky - posted on 02/02/2011

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Prunes, raisins, pears, peaches grapes, all these can help. Stay away from apples, apple juice, bananas, sweet potatos. Diliuted grape juice can help things along both in the fruit aspect and the fact that they usually chug it. I allow my 15mo one sippy of diluted 50/50 juice in the morning and he gets water the rest of the day.
I would really recommend using miralax to soften her stool. It can be used long term with no ill effects. The gastro doctor I took my toddler to said that consitpation and the pain that goes with it can cause them to continue to withhold stool and the process just steamrolls. They can eventually stretch the colon to the point that it does not function correctly.
Mineral oil can cause malabsorption of certain nutrients so I would really try to avoid using it.

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