help my son is constipated hes 2 and a half any ideas

Xiomara - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my son used to go tot he bathroom everyday now hes been giving me a hard time I know he has to go but he looks scared to go please help

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Divya - posted on 11/23/2009

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my son is 2 and a half n has the same problem..i find that boiled carrots as part of his diet helps and so do black raisins soaked in hot water.hope it helps.

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Veronica - posted on 11/23/2009

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I've had the same problem with my son. He's 2 1/2. I tried prune juice and he puked it back up, so use with precausion, LOL. The best thing that has helped him is he has white grape juice daily and also a glass of Vfusion juice (the fruit and veggie juice as he is not big on eatting his veggies) My doc also told me about the karo syrup but Dylan didn't like that either. Another thing that helped him was while he was on the potty, I would rub his belly which helped to relax his muscles to make it easier to go. We would also sing to relax him more.

Cheryl - posted on 11/13/2009

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Raisins, grapes, prunes, anything like that. I avoid the Karo as it's corn syrup and starts to set a dangerous precedent. Feel sick, get sugar. Pretty soon they,re faking it to get the sugar. This happened with my 5 year old until we stopped giving it to him altogether.

Kristel - posted on 11/12/2009

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My (almost)4 year old was like this when she was constipated! She loved cheese n wanted it every day! Cheese is very binding for little ones! I gave her fresh pears and that did the trick! They have "Del Monte"pears in a 4-pack, fruit cup. I've been giving my daughter a cup of these a day and that has been working for the past 2 years now! Watch how much(cheese) he's eating in one day. Also, increase his fiber, like whole grain breads(you could make peanut butter toast/bread-if he doesn't have a peanut allergy)! There are juices that would help also, like apple and pear. It's completely normal, especially with what toddlers eat and dont eat/like to eat that they need to eat to keep them "regular"! Good luck! :)

Stephanie - posted on 11/12/2009

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i use boiled water 4 my daughter another one my friend uses 4 her son is watered down orange juice

Blair - posted on 11/12/2009

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hi...i tried activia....for a while....evryday he would have one and it helped him big time, i did it for about six months i guess....then he did fine after that...hope this helps

Danielle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Good old pure apple or orange juice... Avoid fibre, as it hardens stools, also Lactulose from the chemist is safe as its just a sugar solution which softens stools, I always gave my son cooled boiled water with a touch of sugar!!! thats worked a dream... good luck, xx

Cicely - posted on 11/11/2009

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It seems like you need to determine if he is scared or constipated. If he looks scared, that's not constipated. Constipated is when he wants to go but it's so solid or backed up that he can't. In which case he needs some sort of stool softener. IF he is just scared, you need to communicate with him. What are his worries? What can you do to make him feel comfortable to go again? Offer an incentive for going. And most importantly you can't get upset if he is afraid, it will just delay the process. If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help. Good Luck!

Bethany - posted on 11/11/2009

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I have a friend who is a nurse and she said a little Karo syrup in their drink will fix it easily with no bad side effects

Sarah - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son went through the same thing when we potty trained. He ended up with an impacted bowel (google if you need to) and was very sick. That was over a year ago, and we are still on a daily regimen of laxative and a special diet. He also has limited bowel control because his colon was so severely stretched before we figured out what was going on. So DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LONG! If he is truly chronically constipated, take him to his pedi and see about a low-dose powder laxative that you can dissolve in his juice. Pear, peach, and apple juices are all good for loosening the bowel too. If it hasn't gone too far, a couple weeks should sort him out. And you may want to invest in pull-ups for that couple of weeks as he could be surprised by the speed that his poo appears after he feels the need to go.

Jaye (Josephine) - posted on 11/10/2009

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Prune juice or pears and lots of water (or sultanas) is what was recommended for me. Also, maybe on the to much info side, nappy cream on bottom so it does not hurt coming out when it is hard. I now make sure my DD has at least 1 cup of water a day on top of what she would like to drink so we do not have this problem very much anymore. I think it worries the mother more than the child most of the time. A large bunch of grapes is very good too.

Mandie - posted on 11/10/2009

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He needs to drink plenty of water, You can also get Myralax, They sell it at any drugstore. My daughters doc told me to use that on her, She is 4.. It's safe and works well!

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Gerber pear juice often works for my son. When it gets really bad I give him Pedia-Lax chewable tablets. It's a saline laxative made by Fleet. Recently I started giving him a prune to eat each day. They make the individually wrapped ones now and they are very soft. We joke and laugh about them being giant raisins.

Anna - posted on 11/10/2009

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Get him to drink more water. Feed him lots of fruit and veges especially bananas and prunes, or prune juice and don't feed him too much processed food - cheese and white bread are two things that can cause it. Make sure he gets plenty of time to run around outside. My mother always said to put a spoon of brown sugar in some warm milk but that depends on whether you feel ok feeding him sugar - it's not a great habit to get into.

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oo potty trained! good for you thinking about intro to my son soon, he turned two in sept.. well i've heard that pooping is harder than pee, not sure why, if hes constipated he may know it will hurt when he actually goes..prob y hes hesitant.. you could try giving him more fruit or juice to soften bms..

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