15 mo old with constipation?

Heather - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old daughter has constipation really bad. She screams in pain every time she poops for up to an hour! We talked to our pediatrician about it and he said that as long as the poop didn't cause her to bleed that it wasn't serious and would probably pass. He recommended lots of prunes, but we have been doing that and it isn't changing anything. Please, if you have any recommendations let me know. Thank you for your time.

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Terri-ann - posted on 04/08/2009

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My friends one year old had that problem and she was told to try putting a small amount of brown sugar in water by her health visitor..... she didnt try it as she was more concerned about her teeth rotting over it...  a small amount in a sippy cup i would of thought wouldnt do any harm as it wont be all the time

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Twila - posted on 03/16/2009

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My son was constantly constipated and his pediatrician recommended putting dark Karo Syrup in milk.  Use enough to turn the milk a light brown--worked for him and even though he is now 3 I still do it when he gets constipated.  Good luck.

TinaMarie - posted on 03/15/2009

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My 17 month old is having the same issues.  It got so bad I actually had to rush her to the ER!  My doctor has her on Miralax and it really works.  It is extremely safe and gentle and my doctor office swears by it.  You can use up to a half a cap of the medicine for babies our girls ages.  Give it a try.  You can pick it up at any pharmacy.  I get mine at BJ's because they have a twin pack for the price of one at a pharmacy.  I will warn you now that it is not cheap but it works!

Lindsay - posted on 03/15/2009

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My daughter was like that from the time we started her on foods (rice, etc) until about 1 yr.  Our pediatrician told us the same thing -that it'll just go away and to try prunes and/or juice.   Yeah well, like you the prunes didn't do anything.  I did find, though, that the Yo Baby yogurt seemed to be the only thing that kinda helped....at least better than anything else.  So you may want to try that....  I don't know.  Good luck though, I know what you're going through.  Hope this helps.

Deborah - posted on 03/15/2009

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My doctor advised pear juice, as Devon suggested. it worked for my little girl. I also read/saw somewhere (which has helped us) lying your daughter on her back with her knees bent up towards her body, and rubbing her tummy  in clockwise direction, (which as Jackie said pushes stool along). It helped her thru the crying and pain - a few minutes and she was up and running around again. Check with your doctor/ health nurse as to what foods cause constipation. I know Banana is the most common, and there  are a few others I found which surprised me. Sorry I can't remember what they were, rice cereal I think as well. (obviously in large amounts as here in Australia it is used as first foods)



Good luck

Devon - posted on 03/08/2009

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apple juice will constipate them, it has too much sugar, go for pear. try to avoid enemas or your daughter will become dependant on them and wont poop on her own. My son is the exact same way and i can't believe your pediatrician didn't recommend this. Mineral Oil, a tsp a day will coat her stool so it will "slide" out much more easily. and water, if she wont drink straight water just water down any juice she gets. and a little penatin on her bum so it doesn't get too sore.

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Hi Heather,



My son, now 5 had constipation issues as well and we got it solved - so there is hope! We found it was diet related and that he had a food sensitivity to corn. It took lots of figuring, but once we removed all corn and corn products, he had no problems.



Prunes, apple juice and lots of fluids are definitely helpful, so keep on with those. Is her stool hard? Is she straining? One thing I did, which not all would agree with was perineal massage. I would wet a cloth with warm water and rub around the anus just on the inside and around the outside to help stimulate a poo. I would do this at least once a day so that he didn't get too backed up and have pain when going.



The other thing to help is tummy massage - this helped us too. Lay your daughter in front of you on her back and essentially you are massaging I love you. Start with the "I" Start on the left - your right - about 2 inches over from her bellybutton and massage down toward her pelvic bone (this is where the colon is and the massage helps to propel the stool along). Next massage an "L" starting from her right side about 2 inche over from her belly button and ending at the same spot as the "I". Next do the "U" Start from the opposite side of her pelvis and massage all the way around ina "U" to to the other side. They showed this on the show "Regis and Kelly" years ago and let me tell you, it works at getting out gas and helps stool to get moving.



I hope you and your daughter get some relief - it's no fun, but there are solutions!!

Tracy - posted on 03/07/2009

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My nephew seems to be that way, what about apple juice? Or stoole softeners? Enemia? Good luck, I dont know what else to say. I hope she feels better soon! My boys seem to poop constantly!!

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