Any suggestions on what to do for a soon to be 3 yr. old who gets extremely constipated?

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Kayla - posted on 03/24/2009

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Lots and lots of water!! My 17 month old has the same issue. I give her water in her sippy cup all day long!

Debra - posted on 03/24/2009

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Try staying away from apple juice and apple sauce.  Constipates both my kids!  I give my 9 mo old Stonyfield Organics Probiotic yougurt every morning and we haven't had any constipation episodes since!

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User - posted on 03/27/2009

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A warm bath also helps.  Sometimes he doesn't make it out o fthe tub in time but a nice warm bubble bath does the trick?

User - posted on 03/27/2009

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My pedi recommended Miralax and just give him the correct amount for his weight twice daily.  Beleive me I've been struggling with my son being constipated all the time, but now as he's getting older (he's three yrs old now) he eating more and I have been giving him fruit (plums) everyday.  Make sure he eats a lot of fiber but also make sure he gets a lot of fluid. Water especially.

Christine - posted on 03/27/2009

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My 8 year old has had cronic constipation for more than 6 years. The dr said he may outgrow it or it may be permanent. We use Grape Juice, make sure it is 100% juice and not the cocktail. I also have Miralax in the house if it gets bad or he doesn't drink his juice. Remember to be consistent about when the juice is given. Scheduling is important. I know if he has not gone by 10:30 we may have a problem. Also increase the fiber and watch the dairy and citrus, they could be working against you. Good luck.

Cindy - posted on 03/27/2009

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Fiber, Fruits, more green leafy veges, some drs may suggest a liquid form for the stomach and bowels, prunes, pears, apple juice.  Ofcourse all children should drink plenty of water.

Marlene - posted on 03/27/2009

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You could try a little corn syrup in warm warm water. My old Italian Gramma used to give a couple tablespoons of warm coffee.She claimed it worked like a charm,but I don`t know-I just used the corn syrup method

Marlene - posted on 03/27/2009

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Quoting Chevy:

Any suggestions on what to do for a soon to be 3 yr. old who gets extremely constipated?



 

Cindy - posted on 03/27/2009

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Fiber, Fruits, more green leafy veges, some drs may suggest a liquid form for the stomach and bowels, prunes, pears, apple juice.  Ofcourse all children should drink plenty of water.

Frances - posted on 03/27/2009

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My daughter turned three years old in February 2009. She experienced a prolapsed rectum off-and-on from September 2008 to February 2009. We tried the prune juice (which helped relieve the constipation but did nothing to keep her regular). She just won't take the prune juice often. Finally, the doctor suggested 1/2 tsp Miralax (over-the-counter) twice a day along with proper diet. Three-year-olds need 19 grams of fiber per day. Keep track of fiber intake. Fiber one make poptarts, cereals, pancakes, teas, and pink lemonades with anywhere from 3 to 10 grams of fiber per serving.



1/2 tsp Miralax twice daily. Fiber one. Watch fiber intake and reduce dairy consumption.



Extra note: We have not had a prolapsed rectum/constipation experience in two months!

Frances - posted on 03/27/2009

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My daughter turned three years old in February 2009. She experienced a prolapsed rectum off-and-on from September 2008 to February 2009. We tried the prune juice (which helped relieve the constipation but did nothing to keep her regular). She just won't take the prune juice often. Finally, the doctor suggested 1/2 tsp Miralax (over-the-counter) twice a day along with proper diet. Three-year-olds need 19 grams of fiber per day. Keep track of fiber intake. Fiber one make poptarts, cereals, pancakes, teas, and pink lemonades with anywhere from 3 to 10 grams of fiber per serving.



1/2 tsp Miralax twice daily. Fiber one. Watch fiber intake and reduce dairy consumption.



Extra note: We have not had a prolapsed rectum/constipation experience in two months!

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My son had the same problem. Mirlax works but you have to play with the dosage and then he couldn't hold it and then have accidents. I didn't want to keep him on a laxative type medication for a long period of time so I really had to watch what he was eating more "P" fruits, increase water (if he had a glass a milk then next drink would have to drink water before having more milk) I bought some "poop" books that I read to him ALOT -because he became afraid to have a bowel movement because it hurt so much and it was a vicious cycle.



He still likes the books - the favorites and most helpful was:



It Hurts When I Poop! A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty

By Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

Illustrated by M.S. Weber



and also



"Everyone Poops"

Author: Gomi, Taro

Illustrator: Gomi, Taro

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I had that problem with my now 6yr.old.She was about 3 and potty training,she didn't want to go poo on the potty so she would hold it for days! Our pediatrician suggested MiraLAX,which is now sold O,T.C.. I would put it in her apple juice and she couldn't taste it. Well it worked,YEAH

Brandy - posted on 03/26/2009

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Prunes and prune juice. The other thing that is good is pear juice. Works like a charm if they don't like prunes. The trick is extra fiber and lots of liquids. Miralax works too.

Ellie - posted on 03/26/2009

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try meralax its over the counter laxtive my daugther has the same problem from time to time i was frist given to me by the dr. and it really works great. you can mix it any thing and its clear and the wont know they are taking it

Kathryn - posted on 03/26/2009

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If you increase the amount of whole grain foods and fruits, you will see a big difference.  We also stopped serving milk at meals, we drink water at meals.  They got small glasses of milk at snacktime.  Encourage more fluids and fiber and nature will move things along!

Genevieve - posted on 03/26/2009

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POPCORN!  or blueberries even dried blueberry, pears,...these work better than juice or apples.  My daughter had chronic constipation until she was 5.

Genevieve - posted on 03/26/2009

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POPCORN!  or blueberries even dried blueberry, pears,...these work better than juice or apples.  My daughter had chronic constipation until she was 5.

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2009

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My daughter did, and my pediatrician suggested Miralax that you can use everyday. I had to adjust the amount I gave her since it would make it VERY soft, but she would go, once she got past that initial one. Hope this helps!

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Try Lactulose solution from the chemist, it is gentle and doesn't cause irritation like some laxatives but seems to get things moving, also flaxseed with cereal in the morning helps too. My son suffers terribly he is 6 now but has suffered since he was a baby, very careful management is important.  Try natural fresh apple juice not concentrated.  Lots of water too, its difficult but dehydration is often the cause.  Cut down on processed foods and give lots of fresh fruit and veg!  Hope this is helpful, it helps us. x

Nicole - posted on 03/25/2009

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DID YOU EVER THINK YOUR LIFE WOULD CONSIST OF TALKING ABOUT BOWEL MOVEMENTS?? Just joking, my son it has helped alot, its expensive though,

Kelly - posted on 03/25/2009

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Limit the cheese and peanut butter and remember the old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"Give them applesauce everyday.Works wonders..One of those motts snack size every day...

Jill - posted on 03/25/2009

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My oldest has had chronic constipation as long as I can remember. She takes Mirilax everyday. It works great! We have tried the Benefiber and it makes her worse. We've done the prune juice and one doctor even told us to give her mineral oil. The Mirilax works best.

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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Quoting Chevy:

Any suggestions on what to do for a soon to be 3 yr. old who gets extremely constipated?




Yupp, old wives tale, well My mom, my brother had the same prob, she would give him a warm class of water and put a hot towel over his belly, I have had to do it to my daughter with a bit of vaseline on the bum! worked like a charm!

Nicole - posted on 03/25/2009

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Quoting April:



i know juices help a lot!!!  i work at a daycare too and juice seems to help a lot





My son at the age of 2  was always  getting horrible stomach pains. His ped treated  him with Zantac and thought it was acid reflux. By the time he turned 6, he was in so much pain, that he would cry and scream. The dr gave him all these blood tests,and x rays and he had a very bad case of constipation! Hes been on Miralax for 13 days and it is helping him so much. He still complains that his belly doesnt feel right at times, but nothing like he used to do. So, I like to think its helping, but just dont know for sure...

Kelly - posted on 03/25/2009

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My son has chronic constipation and has to take 1/2 to 1 tsp of Miralax daily to keep him regular. He doesn't get stomach cramps from it and the best thing is that it is odorless and tasteless. You just mix it in their drink. If you need to really clean them out then you give them 17 grams for 2-3 days, but you better be near a toilet when it's time!!! Hope this helps.

Suzanne - posted on 03/25/2009

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Hi Chevy   When this happened with all 4 of my children around the start of their toddler years (introducing more variety of foods) my Dr. suggested mineral oil.  1 tsp. for a day or two mixed into whatever beverage of choice, yes, even milk!, worked wonders for our children.  Odorless, tasteless, and virtually undetectable.  They never knew and it got them right back on schedule.  :0) Suzanne

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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Feed him mandarin oranges you know the ones from the can. Give it to him once a day and you will see a difference. My nephew was the same way

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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Pear juice worked really well for both of my kids when they were that age. You have to get in the baby section in the grocery store.

Danielle - posted on 03/25/2009

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my daughter is was having the same problem and her GI doc recommended Miralax... she takes a cap full a day and it works wonders...definetly try it

Tina - posted on 03/25/2009

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Oh, and don't do the apple juice, the pectin in it can have an adverse effect. Rather than helping, it makes it worse and stops them up longer.

Prune and pear are fabulous!! Pear nectaur is the best as well if you go the juice way.

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I skimmed the comments so I hope I'm not repeating anyone.... "Baby Calm" is available in health food stores. It is a magnesium powder which will loosen the bowels without any side effects of gas pain or anything else. My granddaughter started on it 3 months old, and is now 18 months and still gets it in her morning bottle almost every day. (I started taking adult strength Calm for migraines, and found that it has the benefit of keeping me regular, too. )

Tina - posted on 03/25/2009

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Fiber Choice! Fiber Choice! Fiber Choice! It has the chewable tablets that taste pretty good to kids. It has 4 grams of INULIN fiber which is better than most per two tablets. That and tons of water, not juice, water is best! They can chew it, it breaks down faster, doesn't have to dissolve from a tablet and it really isn't that expensive for the relief that you get. :0)

Holly - posted on 03/25/2009

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We were told by our pediatrician to use Miralax. Only 2 teaspoons a day(8 grams) is enough for us in a glass of juice or gatorade.  My son was 5 when we started this after a year of holding back. Now he yells at me if I forget ! :) Miralax is a  substance used to bulk up some foods so it just keeps more moisture in the poop.  Much easer to deal with than mineral oil for us.

Sherry - posted on 03/25/2009

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We had to give mineral oil to my stepdaughter when she used to get it real bad. We would add a teaspoon to some water or juice and have her drink it.

Kimberly - posted on 03/25/2009

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mineral oil. Ask your pediatrician My daughter had the same prob and we were told to put mineral oil in her juice. It helps to soften the stools so they don't hold it because it hurts to go. Of course that was 10 years ago? Maybe things have changed a bit since then.

User - posted on 03/25/2009

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Yeah hi there i had hassle with two of my sons and i just got them some prune juice.  Even watered down works wonders and unblocked em everytime. :) Good luck with it Bye

Adrienne - posted on 03/25/2009

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BABY MASSAGE.... BELIEVE ME IT WORKS... I,D THE SAME PROB WITH 1 OF MY DAUGHTERS..GENTLY USE CIRCULAR MOTIONS ON HER TUMMY, NEAR WHERE THE BOWEL IS.. ALWAYS RUB GENTLY CLOCK WAYS. RUB HER BACK TOO... PLENTY WATER..SHE SHUD GO WITHIN THE HR...

Donnette - posted on 03/25/2009

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My daughter is two and she takes a stool softner over the counter called Miralax, really this works you put like a half of capful in their morning drink and then they have no problems.  My daughter has been constipated it seems like since birth, and trust me this makes her stools loose and able to come out and you don't have to deal with any enema which is the nice part.

Fadila - posted on 03/25/2009

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have u tried giving prune juice? try drinking water first thing in the morning and give alot of prune juice through out the day..

Fadila - posted on 03/25/2009

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have u tried giving prune juice? try drinking water first thing in the morning and give alot of prune juice through out the day..

Eileen - posted on 03/25/2009

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I would say to put Miralax in a drink,,,,same time everyday, this will help keep the little one regular, and it will soften the stool. You can pick this up at wal-mart or the grocery store, it is over the counter, and is gentle enough to use on the kids. Works wonders, but you must do it daily,,,1x only a day, once you get on track you may try to back off

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2009

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I've had the same issue with my daughter, who turned 3 in January. We've been dealing with this for about a year (she even had rectal profusion - looks worse that it is, but still a scarry sight! And yes, I freaked when I saw it!). We have made some changes to her diet. But, what helps is berries (strawberries, rasperries, etc.), Miralax - you mix a little in the milk or water. It has no taste when it's mixed well. Her doctor recommended the Miralax. Also, whole grain pastas (if he/she loves pasta) & brown rice. Things like that. Apple juice is good. Anyway, that is what's worked with us & she's been pretty happy for a while now. Limit things like dairy & bananas & starchy food.

Adeana - posted on 03/25/2009

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my kids are always like that so give pear juice prune not apple and grape is good

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2009

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The only thing that worked for my son was Miralax. You can buy it over the counter and I would add it to his juice or milk. It's totally tasteless. He suffered terribly and this was the only thing that helped him. I have also heard from several people that gummi bears or other gummi snacks can help. I know there is a lot of sugar in these, but if you're desperate, it's worth it. I hope this help, I know how terrible it is!

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My daughter would cry and cry as she was going ... my doctor recommended Miralax and she is a new kid! It used to be by prescription, but it's now over-the-counter.

Dawn - posted on 03/25/2009

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Don't forget to make sure he is drinking PLENTY of water!! Water will help as well.....

Carey - posted on 03/25/2009

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Been there. My daughter is 3 1/2 and has had issues with constipation. She won't poop at daycare. Our MD suggested Miralax 1/2 capful daily, and it helps. If her poop gets loose, I cut back or skip a dosage. You can get it over the counter. I have her take the time every night to try and go. Someyime she's too busy playing, so I remind her. I also make sure she always has something to drink, and try to give her fruits and veggies. Good luck!

Sarah Hubert - posted on 03/25/2009

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Try a teaspoon of corn syrup in their milk first thing every morning...I did this for my daughter and it worked that very day. Good Luck!!!

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