any tips on constipation

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Patty - posted on 09/20/2009

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Clear Kayro syrup. It is all natural corn syrup won't hurt ya and it is mild.

Wanda - posted on 09/08/2009

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This may sound awful but put alittle vaseline on the tip of your pinky and insert it into the bum. The vaseline will give the lubrication your baby will need. My dr. taught me this helpful tip and it works everytime. In a matter of minutes your baby will go poopy. Hope it works...good luck.

Carolyn - posted on 09/19/2009

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Reviewing some of these answers and if she was an infant the Karo Syrup would probably do the trick. Some thing no one else mentioned for any age infant or child was exercise. Even as an infant you have to do the movements for them, helps a lot with colic babies. Even though you think she is very active. Ask specifically about certain exercises and you should do them with her until she can do them on her own. This will help her feel like she is not the only one and helps her trust you as she gets older. She will know mom can help with any thing that bothers her. Of course the Dr's suggestions should always be first on your list of things to try.

Alice - posted on 09/16/2009

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This may sound gross but it works like a charm and pretty quick too. A small piece of soap just into her rectum. My Mom did it and I did too. Works like a charm. With everyone using liquid soap it you may to buy some but I felt it was better than a suppository. Good Luck!

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I use psyllium in powder form and add it to foods like macaroni and cheese, pancake batter, even cake and cookie batter. My kids have never noticed it. Bananas are constipating and dairy can be as well to young digestive systems so be aware of how much of these the girls are having. Also, plain water is crucial for digestion but also basic cell function so be sure they are getting half of their body weight in water ounces. (30 lb child, 30 oz of water daily)

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Susan - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son is now 11 and we have dealt with this for years to the point of him rolling on the floor in pain. Miralax works wonders. He was seen by a pediatric gastroenterologist and seen at Children's hospital of Philadelphia thinking it was something really bad...The physician told me some kids jsut get this and it seems worse in boys up to age 10 or 11. I thought my son was having a control issue, as in having something he could contol. He would flat out tell me ....it is not a poop day. The mira lax causes no cramping, no addictie properties etc...it was a Godsend. and now it is OTC so...horrah, I can get it when ever I need but thankfully it worked so well my son outgrew the problem. Best of luck to you.

Venessa - posted on 09/19/2009

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I am a nurse and have a daughter that was having bouts of constipation at that age. You can put a small amount of vasoline on the end of q-tip. then insert just the cotton part in her anus. It is like a supository. it will help ease the stool out. You need to look at her diet and see if there is something that is causeing the constipation as well.

Pamela - posted on 09/19/2009

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Hello,

My name is pam, we are having the same problem with constipation. My grandson is

always cries when he goes. We have taken him the the doctor, and no good luck.

We have tried everything that you have, and once again no luck. He screams so bad, and so sad to see babies crying like that. If you come up with anything please let us know. We think maybe it the formula that he drinks. Some babies have a fessure in the small bowl of colon. therefore, you have to sit the baby in warm tub water.

Jeanne - posted on 09/19/2009

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If you put a little apple cider vinegar (like a capful) in his juice- he'll be regular in no time. My son used to have a heck of a time with constiaption and had to give him miralax for awhile until my nutritionist suggested this- and it works and is less expensive and more natural option. Good Luck!

Julie - posted on 09/19/2009

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wholemeal bread keeps my son regular and if he has the bread with grains in eg.granary he's a little too regular - might be worth a try1

Khurshid - posted on 09/19/2009

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I you have an infant that is constipated, give him/her a quarter cup of warm water with half a tea-spoon of honey. Between 2 to 4 years, 1/2 a teaspoon of edible castor oil or pureed apple WITH skin. Over four years, prunes do wonders. ALWAYS give lots of fluids and cut down on breads.

Tanya - posted on 09/18/2009

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lots of great advice! just one thing to add, not sure if anyone mentioned it but bananas are constipating (i was surprised when i found that out) and popcorn is helpful along with all the other good foods.

Sharon - posted on 09/18/2009

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ABOUT 4 OZ APPLE/PRUNE GERBER BABY JUICE A DAY FOR A WEEK...



MAYBE ALTERNATE EVERY OTHER DAY WITH 4OZ WATER 1 TSP KYRO SYRUP



MAKE SURE WATER AND BOTTLES ARE ALWAYS STERILIZED!

IT WORKED WITH MY DAUGHTER...GOOD LUCK.

Deena - posted on 09/18/2009

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1) make sure your child is drinking lots of water everyday, start the morning with warm water and lemon

2) aloevera juice

3) whole grain cereal also sprinkle a bit of flax seed meal over cereal

4) blueberries, goji berries, raisins, prunes, watermelon

5) lots of leafy green veggies, raw if possible

6) one of the best tonics "Via Viente" lots of good stuff and fiber

7) decrease intake of starchy, sugary, processed food

8) massage tummy from R to L in circles

9) if all that fails use a glycerine suppository occasionally

10) make sure she doesn't have a problem digesting dairy



*Adults need to have a water intake of 1-2 quarts a day to not be dehydrated. Dehydration does not always appear physically. You may not see physical signs of dehydration until it is extreme.

Maria - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son had a similar problem and we tried everything even prune juice, and still would not go, and finally, the doctor prescribed Phenergan suppositories and it worked like wonders! Of course, now at 16, he doesn't have that problem anymore.

Heather - posted on 09/18/2009

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Miralax 1 capful, but check w/ your doctor. My 7 year old has been on it for 2 years. Also, we have friends that have used organic aloevera juice, and had very good luck ( available at health food stores/whole foods. My doctor also reccommends Apple juice mixed w/ prune juice and water. Mixed together, my kids don't notice the prune juice. Hope this helps!

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We have delt with this for 6 years! There is a great yahoo group, about Miralax, and they have tons of other remedies. There is a great product called FruitEze that you order online and its just a bunch of fruit, like a jelly. Its good and helps!

Connie - posted on 09/18/2009

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A more natural approach, lots of fruit, little ones actually love dried pitted prunes which you can at any grocery store, also psyllium husk works fast and effectively, available at health food stores or co-ops, mix it in with a little unpasteurized apple or orange juice.. I've cut out most all milk products and have noticed a tremendous difference.

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My daughter was born with spastic colon and we battled with bowel problems for years. As a grown adult, she still has problems. I'm trying to remember if Colace was the one that was like a thick creamy chocolate ?

Marizol - posted on 09/18/2009

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Finding out if the constipation is due to an abnormality in her system should be the first step. Sometimes constipation can be caused by a genetic disposition. It's a possibility but I don't think there is any study out there to probe it, though. In my kids case, it might very well be. I had chronic constipation, encopresis and eneuresis when I was a kid. I still need to manage my constipation at age 44.

Chances are your child will have to struggle with this for a long time since she already developed a fear of the potty. Most dr. don't treat this condition with the seriousness that it deserves. This can be life crippling if not taken seriously.

My daughter had a horrible fear of the potty since age 2.5. We are still struggling after many meds and many dr. visits and phycologist visits. She is going to be 8 and every time I try to wean her off the Miralax, her poopy get very hard and we go back to square one.

Also, too much fiber can be counterproductive. It can actually cause constipation. You want to make sure that you give her twice as much clear fluid in oz as you give her fiber in grams. Ex. 10 gm of fiber - 20 oz of clear liquid.

One thing you can do is create a chart to document what she eats and how much. Also, about her bowel movements. This will help you create a correlation of what she eats and her outputs.

You can buy "potty books". These books are to only be read while doing a "potty seat", usually no longer than 5 minutes. Have her push while hunching over with her feet flat on the floor or a stepping stool. Hunching over will relax the anus muscles and help her go poopy.

The longer the poop stays in the system, the harder it will get. The job of the large intestine is to squeeze the nutrients out of the food that is sitting there. The longer it stays, the more it will get squeezed and the harder it will get. While it stays in the large intestine, it is stretching it and it is affecting the parts of the intestine that work as a sensor to give the message to the brain that it needs to empty the bowels. I can't remember the right name of these sensors, but this something I learned at the University of Michigan Hospital when my daughter was attending "Poopy Group".

I know how difficult and frustrating this situation can be. Believe me, I do. This morning I was trying to get stains off a dozen panties, and we are in a good stride now, she is on a capfull of Miralax, 10 grams of fiber and 20 oz of clear fluid a day.

Another thing that we are doing is keeping a sticker chart. She gets a sticker for every time she goes poopy. She needs to have 4 poopys a week and at the end of the month, she gets a $5 toy.

Hope this helps.
Marizol

Marizol - posted on 09/18/2009

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The only downside to doing this is that your baby's body will learn to depend on external stimulation to poop. It is a good last resort but shouldn't be the norm.

Joni - posted on 09/18/2009

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you may want to take a look into what foods you have been regularly feeding her. cheese is most definitely a culprit, as is pasta, beans & potatoes. increase things with fiber such as broccoli and spinach (you don't need to buy the expensive baby stuff - regular canned spinach was well loved by both my kids as babies). although kids love white bread, this can cause constipation too, so switch to whole grained breads & pasta. prunes, raisins, prune juice (diluted), and grape juice are also good to create movement.



I never had a problem with my kids on this, but my SO's little girl's mum fed her nothing but junk. When she first came to stay with us, she had never eaten an unprocessed vegetable! On long stays I'd noticed that her stomach was distended and she had gone DAYS without a BM. Poor kid. We'd had to use suppositories to get her to go (and she seemed like a pro at this which really alarmed me!). I discovered that her mum was also regularly giving her children's laxative to make her go, as well as suppositories. I wanted to throttle the woman! Also, the child rarely got much exercise and play time at home. So, her weekends with us were filled with nothing but good fresh vegetables of all colors, cooked without salt & butter, whole grain breads, no cheese, potatoes, fattening meats and loads of fresh air and outdoor play time. It wasn't easy to get her to eat the good stuff, but she learned that the rules in my house were for her benefit and she finally knew what to expect when she was with me. good luck!

Margorie - posted on 09/18/2009

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Miralax worked well for my daughter. He doctor recomended it. Just use half a cap full instead of a full capfull.

Debbie - posted on 09/18/2009

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It may not always be diet that causes constipation - my eldest son had dreadful constipation as a baby (he was a prem) and would scream when he finally managed to go - I was advised by a well meaning friend to give him pure orange juice watered down (strained to catch any 'bits') which I did religiously. Then one day I was changing his nappy and noticed a lump in his groin - turned out he'd had an inguinal hernia from birth and that was causing the problem. One minor op later and he was sorted. Not saying this will be the case for everybody, but think anyone whose child is suffering really should see their doctor before changing diets, using suppositories etc. All advice is well meaning, but it could be misguided. If I had seen the doctor straight away it may have been diagnosed sooner and my son wouldn't have suffered longer than he did. (He hates orange juice to this day.....!)

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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This is my daughter to a T, she is 3 and a half and has cronic constipation, which means she fears going to pooh and holds it when she has the urge to go ( i have heard telling her pooh "No go away" while smacking her bum. The doctor has prescibed senna which is a stimulant to help her go, but it is not really doing the trink, she has been a pooh twice in 14 days and is a alot of pain most of the time, The hardest bit is going to overcome her fear as she only want to try do it in the pull up not the potty or toilet, all nappys were thrown and she was dry at night, but doctor said best to bring the pull ups back as she completely refuse to go on toilet, she also leaks in her knickers alot because of the build up and i have to throw knickers and clothes away all the time, im so stress with the situation and have been told by docs she could b on laxitives for years.

Rita - posted on 09/17/2009

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same here rachel. my daughter is almost 10 month now. i have tried fruits many times but still her BM is pretty hard and she always cries. friends say i should change the formula...

Rita - posted on 09/17/2009

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same here rachel. my daughter is almost 10 month now. i have tried fruits many times but still her BM is pretty hard and she always cries. friends say i should change the formula...

Kylea - posted on 09/17/2009

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I can agree on lot of these commets... my daughter used to be a pooping machine intil I started giving her formula part time (around 4 months). She would go 8 to 10 days without a BM and she would spit up, something she never did before. I called the hospital more times then I care to remember, I gave her whole grains, water, plums, prunes the whole bit, I followed the nurses advise to a "T". (Keep in mind she had yet to have solids before the constipation) Finally I took her in and her doctor told me to use a Pedia-Lax Suppositories on her. ( I was appauled at the thought of sticking something up my daughters bum. Our doctor informed us that sometimes babies need a little streching out so that firmer stools can pass. So I took her home and It worked like a charm for a little while. I used almost every formula out there then I noticed that all formulas have the DHA ARA it them. So I went on line and found Good Start Surpreme with out the DHA/ARA. Problem solved in less then a week, she became much more happier baby and stopped spitting up. I then went back to the other Good Start about 10 weeks later because my shipment had not arrived yet and we had the same trouble with the spitting up ect.... so I only use the Good Start Surpreme now. Might be worth a try.

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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we actually used miralax(otc) its a tasteless powder to mix with food or drink works wonders

Sandra - posted on 09/17/2009

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i always used white grapejuice. it was way easier on the little belly than the other metnods.

Marizol - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi, I haven't read all the replies but I wanted to share my story before my face hit the monitor :) I have 3 kids including a set of twin girls that struggle with severe constipation and encopresis.



I'm happy to say that 2 of them are going potty without the need for medication. However, one of them is still struggling and can't make it very long without the meds. She is taking Myralax (17 grams) once a day in her morning 9 oz glass of milk. I also add 10 grams of Fibersure.



When we lived in MI, she used to attend a "Potty Group" at the University of Michigan Hospital. Here they learned to understand how their bodies worked and what kinds of things they needed to do to help their bodies. More important, they learned that they were not the only ones struggling with potty issues.



We started with doing potty sits 3 times a day. This consist of "using the tummy muscles" for about 5 minutes, while hunching over and having her feet firmly set on the floor (you can use a stepping stool if needed). This meant bending over while sitting and pushing like when you are having a bowel movement.



She needed to drink twice as much clear fluid as grams of fibers taken thruout the date. For example: if she takes 15 grams of fiber, she needs to drink 30 oz of clear fluid. Key word: clear. This means apple juice, white grape juice, water, white cranberry juice, etc. Nothing that you can't see through (i.e. orange juice, milk). You can drink non clear fluids, but it would not count towards the 30 oz.Another alternative is 7up, Mountain Dew, or similar.



Going potty about one hour after having a meal, is also helpful. It takes about 24 hrs. for the elimination cycle to be completed and the system is about ready to make room for the food intake about one hr. after eating.



Sorry for the long message. I hope this helps.

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Quoting Rachel:

any tips on constipation




I had two children that had a hard time with pooping, i finally went to the DR. and the told me to get lacutlose from the pharmacy.  I do not know where you can find this next suggestion but you can actually make lactulose cookies and put it in juice, i got it from the hospital, but it does not hurt them and you can add it to stuff and they can not taste it,  it is really sweet so be careful when adding it to canned juices.  I also started giving more veggies and fruits and water or milk with every meal, it worked like a charm.  Bowel buddies are good too but expensive.

Sue - posted on 09/17/2009

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Goat's milk in a dry form can be gotten at any health food store. A little pricey but the BEST thing for "formula/milk" sensitive babies! Raised my daughter (25) & grandson (6) on it w/o difficulty

Natasa - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Rachel,
I have a 14months old boy, he is on cow's milk now, but was on formula from 2 to 12months. He also had problems with constipation as soon as he started formula so I had a chat with the child and maternity nurse in the centre where I live and she suggested boiling few prunes in a small tea-pot for 15-20min, and then give him the juice/liquid as often as he wants. It worked perfectly, even now he still drinks about a bottle or two a day. It is absolutely natural, no sugars added, tastes nice and he just loves it. Not sure if it will work for you, but definitely worth trying.

All the best
Nat

Tracy - posted on 09/17/2009

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I would try a tsp of castor oil but it taste disgusting, so i suggest putting it in juice. Also, phillips milk of magnesia for kids is great. It's mild and safer to use for smaller kids. I have a 3 y.o. and have tried almost everything listed by other parents. The children's suppositories were too traumatizing for my son, so i refused to have him scream like that so i used it only 2-3 times and I think I cried more than he did. You have to buy the kids kind of phillips M.O.M. its pink but in a blue bottle. Good Luck!

Anna - posted on 09/17/2009

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The best remedy I ever used was Caro Syrup. I know it sounds crazy, but it works like a charm and does not harm the baby!

Seemi - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi rachel, my son always had this problem at that age because he used to have alot of milk. so for few days i just reduced the amount of milk per day and would give diluted with water hope that helps.

Kelly - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son went through this and we did see a specialist, he ended up getting a fissure due to the hardness of the stools and that was AWFUL!! So don't wait that long.
What worked for us per our pediatrician was miralax...it is an over the counter laxative that is safe for childred and has no stimulants and causes no cramping or bad side effects. He was on it on a full dose for a couple of weeks and then they kept him on it with a low dosage for 6 months, that was 2 years ago and the problem never came back. I make him drink a lot of water always because children can get so dehydrated easily and we eat high fiber breads and cereals. Hope this helps!

Kim - posted on 09/17/2009

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In the past and now when my children seem to be constipated I usually will try raisins, grapes, and even prunes. It's a natural laxative and they like to eat them. So it's usually a win win situation.

Misty - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi I have delt with this with my daughter ( now 6) since she was a baby. I treis mineral oil,ememas( which did work when nothing else did) miralax,fiber cookies. You want to be carefull with high fiber meds or food they need to drink a lot of water to actually help or it will make it worse. I found these great fleet brand quick disolve strips called pedi-lax they have senna in them, taste like grape & melt on there tongue fast. Try them they work great. Good luck I know this is hard to see your child in pain because they cant "go".

Julie - posted on 09/17/2009

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my son also had this problem my health visitor told me to give him brown sugar mixed with warm water. I was horrofied at first as i didnt want to give my babvy sugar but it really worked! Also plenty of fluids- not milk,

Tatiana - posted on 09/17/2009

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my oldest child had constipation problems and the only thing that helped was fruits lots of them.

Fabiola - posted on 09/17/2009

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Ask your doctor about Polyethylene Glycol, its a powder that you dissolve in juice or water and give it to your child to drink once a day and within a couple of days the stools will be much softer depending on how much you use. I have used it for my 8 year old son since he was 3 years old and it has worked great whenever he gets constipated. It has no bad taste and the powder dissolves quickly so he doesn't know its there. I don't know if you can use it on a smaller child so check with your doctor. Good luck and God bless!

Leslie - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Bobbi:

Karo syrup. Works every time. Put about a teaspoon in her bottle or cup and mix it well. It's really thick so it may be best to mix with milk.



Hi  :)



I was gonna say this.  It has always worked for us.  Hope the problem has resolved and she is feeling better today!

Shelley - posted on 09/17/2009

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Once you have tried diet changes unsuccessfully, try miralax. It is over the counter and you can give it once, twice or more a day. A capful in juice once a day to begin with might make all the difference. You will probably need to do a "clear out" where she empties a lot of stool, then use it as a maintenance for a while. This is not for babies however, your guide for babies should be this: anything between liquid/loose stool and hard "pebble-like" consistency is normal. If the stool is hard and has streaks of blood or watery, see your doctor. Also, stools for babies change with every dietary change and should be expected to change.

Caroline - posted on 09/17/2009

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put karo syrup in the bottle or cup of juice. murlax is another good one to use. u can put it in juice or koolaid . u buy it over the counter

Kari - posted on 09/17/2009

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I have two children and with both of them i would use Karo Syrup and/or water. Warm water soothes a stomach ache and helps them poop. I always tried the water first cause the syrup is so thick. But if that would fall a teaspoon of karo syrup in the bottle or cup by the end of the day it worked. Just one bottle should do the trick. if that doesn't help i would definately see a dr. cause you dont want there to be any other issues.

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