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Rachael - posted on 11/03/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my little girl is constipated most of the time and i am not sure what it is. and before i take her to the doctor i want to ask anyone if they know of any natural approaches to help her poop! like what foods to give her. she does not like prune juice or prunes and she is a very picky eater. she is 22 months.

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Jo - posted on 11/15/2011

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Lots of fluids, we always use otter pops, so they get enough water, and 3 good servings of fruits and veggies a day. If that doesnt work you could go more intense with the grain fibers but you probably wont need too.

Pauline - posted on 11/15/2011

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I know this is very frustrating..My baby from birth she had that problem and I didn't want to use tool softeners. We are still not out of the wood yet b'se she is a picky eater too and after 2 yrs old she decided no veggies for her so I have to be very creative. She will soon be 3 but now it is a little better.... what we did was to cut down milk, added more papaya on her diet, prune juice, literary no snake with dietary fiber less than 4 grams. I used Karo syrup but I didn't see it helping her so maybe this is different from one person to another.

You know people always say give more water but if there is no enough digestion enzymes the fluid will pass out as urine. More fluid is okay but with the right diet and if a child is a pick eater more fluid doesn't help.

Another problem is when they are potty training and know they can hold..My daughter the longest was 10 days..It was tough thanks God she doesn't do that anymore..

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My son had reflux and he would arch his back and stiff his body up and scream...may or may not be reflux, not sure-sorry

Hayley - posted on 11/10/2011

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Karo Syrup I have just read about it on google. But if anyone can help me I would appreciate it. My little girl is 8 months and eats well but wakes up screaming and arching her back, she won't bend fir me to wind her. What do you think it is? It's only at night ...

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I would try dietary changes before adding artificial softeners, especially at this age. Many artificial stool softeners create a dependency on them. First of all, make sure she is getting enough liquid and fiber in general in her diet. Prunes are not the only type of fruit that will work well, though they are known for it. Apples, other "pit" fruits such as peaches, plums, etc also work pretty well (actually most fruit has a lot of fiber and is palatable for picky eaters). Fruit juice also has a laxative effect. Having enough liquid overall is important in constipation as well.

Now, specific fixes: Blackstrap molasses helps constipation. It's pretty strong by itself, but it's sweet, so mixing a spoonful into a cup of warm milk might be appealing. I also used this as an adult as I heard it helped eliminate hemorrhoids, and it has worked great . If it ever starts to get uncomfortable again for me (such as when I myself get constipated) I dose myself. (I don't like it in milk, I just take a spoonful of it)

My son loves oatmeal and it works great to get things moving again (he's almost 3 but I've been using this for a while after noticing the effects). If he doesn't poop one day, the next day I start the day off with a nice bowl of oatmeal. I make it with raisins (which he really likes) and sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon, then milk to cool it off and he gobbles it up. If there's specific things she likes you might add them to the oatmeal instead to make it more appealing. Two bowls of this (about 1 adult serving) and we almost always have success within a couple hours. I try not to leave it too long because constipation builds if you don't address it right away and then takes a while to get moving again because it's uncomfortable. Since I started using it whenever needed (in conjunction with potty training actually), the oatmeal method has been working very well because it has a lot of fiber (also I think the "slimeyness" that develops when you cook oatmeal may help to make the movement more comfortable, which is a different and more pleasant effect than the almost diarrhea you get if you overdo it on plums).

Kym - posted on 11/07/2011

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My little man has suffered with constipation for as long as i can remember... I took him to the docs and he was put on Lactulose, this can be diluted into his drink once a day. He was on this for about a year with little or no problems I also had to cut all pasta from his diet, this helped some and I still now limit his pasta intake at almost 5 years old. We do have the occasional problems and spend a good half an hour to an hour on the toilet. This is partly de to the fact he has started trying to hold it because he thinks its going to hurt. I would suggest trying some dietry changes such as more fibre less carbs, but if it persists then go to your doctor as I think I left it a little too late and now that thought of "its going to hurt" always sits in his mind when he feels the need to go =( xx

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My son had a terrible time with constipation-he cried when he needed to go to the bathroom and it was a 45 min. process. We talked to our ped. doc and she suggested miralax. My thought was this was just a "band-aid fix" and didn't fix the problem. I personally didn't want to give my son this EVERY day. We ended up cutting all dairy from his diet and use almond milk, rice yogurt, veggie cheese.... instead. He has had no constipation issues since the change. Just a thought to try.......eating Quinoa also does the trick for my kids.

September - posted on 11/04/2011

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Foods high in fiber work really well and making sure she's drinking plenty of fluids. Pears always did the trick for our son. Good luck!

Tina - posted on 11/04/2011

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My daughter screams when she goes number 2 so we have had her on stool softness for some time now and we are going to see a gastroatomoligist soon to see if she has anything on the inside that we can't see. The doctor recommended any fruit or veggie that starts with a p. Pears, prunes, peaches, peas ect. You may want to talk to your doctor to see what they recommend. Good luck.

Jo - posted on 11/04/2011

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All three of my kids did this and thanks to my pediatrician we realizied fiber comes in other food too and adding a soft chew fiber tablet to the regular diet worked great, otherwise it is daily miralax for all of them from 13 down to 6 months

Jessica - posted on 11/03/2011

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Stay away from the BRAT diet. (used for the opposite problem!) Bananas, Rice, applesauce, toast. Note the apples help though. I have a child with chroic constipation and we to miralax and pedia-lax stool softners. When she does get really backed up they have a pedia-lax enema. Good luck!

Candace - posted on 11/03/2011

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We also have chronic constipation problems with our 2 year old son. Foods that he likes that are high in fiber are grapes, raisins, and oranges. He also likes dry All Bran cereal and oatmeal. I have also sprinkled the All Bran cereal in applesauce. My son doesn't like pure prune juice but will drink prune apple and prune pear juice. We have also used liquid docusate sodium in his drinks. It's a gentle stool softener that the pharmacist recommended.

Beth - posted on 11/03/2011

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Yes - put Dark Karo Syrup in her milk. This will help. It used to be like 1/2 tsp per 2 ounces.

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