My daughter had constipation all the time !!

Katrina Anne - posted on 10/17/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old has constipation all the time , every 2 days . I have tried everything i can think of . Here is a list of what i usually do .

1) Give a warmer bath then usual and let her stay in for an hour
2) Prunes
3) prune juice
4) Liquid stool softner
5) actual stoll softner pill

They barely work at all .....please help if you know anything else i can do .

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September - posted on 10/18/2010

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Add more foods high in fiber and offer less of things that are known to cause constipation (if you’re offering these things) such as cheese, ice cream, snacks like pizza and chips and processed foods. Add more fruits such as apples, pears, bananas, oranges, figs, raisins as well as veggies such as broccoli, potatoes, carrots, pea, artichokes. Grains are high in fiber as well such as whole wheat pasta, oatmeal, brown rice, rye bread or whole grain breads. Good luck!

Sedrica - posted on 10/20/2010

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My daughter suffered from the same problem. I had a nice long talk with her doctor because I just felt like something was seriously wrong with my baby digestive system. She drinks plenty of water, 100% fruit juices, love fruits and vegetables, so I just couldn't figure out why she stayed so constipated. I also tried the prune juices, laxitives, warm baths so on and so fourth, but it would help for a while and then she would go back to being constipated. So I just started watching her actions when she had to go potty and I notice that she always tried to hold it in and when she finally couldn't hold it no longer, she would go to bathroom. Once she got on the potty you would think that someone was carving her butt off her body because she would scream so loud and shake like she was freezing cold. So after talking to her doctor, we both came up with the conclusion that her holding it in is what was causing the problem to extend longer then what it should have. Her doctor prescribed her Polyethylene Glycol Powder that helped to loosen her bowls. By giving her this once every other day, she was no longer scared to go to the potty. Now every time she uses the restroom she is so happy that she is a big girl, because she did it without the crying, screaming, and shaking.

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My daughter was the same. Some of the foods I was told to avoid are bananas and rice cereal, apple sauce (although it has fibre so I am not sure of that one). As well, I was told apple juice helps, I give my daughter some every 2-3 days now (just a 1/2 cup) of 100%, according to the pharmacist the sugar is what helps soften. As others said make sure she is getting lots of fibre, put a little bran in pancakes, give grains toast, etc... If its still an issue you should probably take her in to get checked that there are no issues aggravating the condition.

Arwen - posted on 10/18/2010

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I agree with the fiber comment. A great way to get one so young to eat their fruit is to make a smoothie. Get some juice(100% of course), and throw in some berries and yogurt. I know yogurt is dairy, but the cultures in it not only help keep you regular, but daily yogurt helps prevent yeast infections. Never too early to start that habit.

You can also add veggies to things she likes like eggs or grilled cheese. Add more wholegrain stuff like breads. It takes a little more preparation for "good for you" foods sometimes, but it's well worth it.

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