any tips on constipation

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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.

Anna - posted on 09/17/2009

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hey hope your girls better. my wee girl has had ongoing constipation on and off since she was 6 months. she is now 3 years and 2 months. we tried everything and the best thing for her has been a spoonful of lactulose every day. this was prescribed for her. i hate the idea of a child being given constant medication to poo but after discussing it with a peaditrican the most important thing is to get them pooing comfortably to avoid an even worse psychological problem. its more common than you would ever believe and also more distressing for the whole family than most people would ever understand so good luck! oh and also she is an excellent eater and eats loads of fibre ( i kept a food diary i was so para and the doctor agreed that it was definately NOT her diet!)

Diana - posted on 09/16/2009

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My daughter had the same problem when she was younger. Increasing her water intake, fiber intake from fresh fruit(especially high fluid fruits like watermelon), and Miralax. When her doctor suggested the Miralax I was hesitant but now would recommend it to anyone. It can be mixed with any liquid including water. It has no taste or residue. It instantly dissolves. Now my daughter is 10 years old and will mix herself a glass anytime she feels like she is getting constipated which isn't very often anymore. Maybe once a year now. She has even recommended it to her friends who have tummy issues. It's kind of funny but if she will do it without me telling her or arguing I'm all for it. Just note that for your daughter being so young you only need about a 1/4 of a dose or so a couple times the first day. I always gave her another dose the next day just to make sure she was cleaned out so as to not start the cycle over. Let us know what worked for you and good luck!!

Melissa - posted on 09/16/2009

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Trry some dark Kero sryup in some juice or whatever they will drink.

It worked 20 years ago with my son that had terrible problems, it's what the specialist recommemed.

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I am a pediatric advice RN and I work for 6 pediatricians. I have been a pediatric nurse for more than 25 years, and I can tell you that this is one of the most frequent calls I recieve every day--and I usually handle at least 30 calls a day. Constipation is almost exclusively a dietary issue and will keep happening until you add more fiber into the diet. The easiest way to remember which foods is: "brown, green and P" More brown than white stuff (whole grain breads, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, graham crackers, etc), green veggies, and "P" fruits (peaches, plums, prunes, pears, etc). I always get the response "my kid won't eat that stuff", and my answer is always the same, "then they will continue to be constipated". They will eat what you put in front of them if they get hungry enough, and if their parents are eating that same kind of healthy stuff. We don't like to push juices, because according to the AAP (American Acedemy of Pediatrics) fruit juice is really no better than sugared soda. Glycerin suppositories work to unblock the jam at the bottom end if that is the problem, but they are never a good long term solution. If you never change what is coming down the tube to be softer, you will continue to have the problem.....so change the diet. Limit milk products to only 3 servings a day or the equivalent, and bananas and applesauce constipate--that's why they are recommended for kids with diarrhea.

Corinne - posted on 09/16/2009

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Since the prune juice didn't work, I would look at stress. That may sound odd but if a child is stressed they can become constipated as well. I would try some relaxing tea like catnip or pepermint. Give her a soothing massage on her stomach and use some castor oil. The castor oil is not to be ingested you massage on skin. Castor oil is a laxative. The skin can soak up the nutrients and within hours the bowels will relax. I have done this technique on adults as well with great sucess. Let me know if you try it.

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!

Alissa - posted on 09/16/2009

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I would try a little bit of karo syrup in some water!! Works for all of mine!

Annemie - posted on 09/16/2009

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In belgium we have movicol junior. But you can only use it from age 2. It helped our youngest !!

Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2009

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What worked best for my son was pear juice or prunes. It works very quickly!

Laura - posted on 09/15/2009

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I put just a small amount Karo syrup in my son's formula/milk and it did the trick.

Jolene - posted on 09/15/2009

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I have run an in home day care for 23 years, the best thing I pass on to parents with this problem is.......Frozen apple juice concentrate. Thaw it, do not dilute it with the water, and give them a cup full. It works every time and is harmless. If it is a continuous problem make sure they are eating lots of fiber rich food, drinking water and make sure they have a bowel movement daily, even if they have to sit there for a while to try. They seemed to hold it because it hurt to go, so that just reinforced the idea it did hurt, because then they were constipated, so once you soften them up with apple juice and fiber, make sure it is a daily habit.

Shannon - posted on 09/15/2009

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I don't use as much pasta anymore because I heard that persons with Chrones shouldn't eat alot of pastas, and they shouldn't eat alot of red meat-that was hard for my son-because he loves ground meat, I had found different alternatives to keeping him regular, and he didn't like it the change but he's getting use to it. And instead of juices with their meals, I switched to water-it was boring for them so I add the propel vitamins to their water-and there is this new supplement I heard about called Isotonix I tried it for 2 years just to see how my body would take it-and I didn't have any problems with constipation during the whole cleansing process, and yeah it's spendy but for 3 months for $70.00 for the OPC-3, I went broke trying to find something for staying regular and it was the only thing that works for me. That and drinking alot of water-but I noticed huge changed in my kids behavior once I let up on the ground beef.

Heather - posted on 09/15/2009

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how old is the child? my son had a problem with not being able to have formula with milk base, also when he got over one he was not able to have it as it caused him diarha and some people it causes constipation as my botfriends son does. You can give them metamucil or miralax. But consult your doctor first to determine what is best cause internal things could be more. My son used lactaid milk till I could get his acid levels down to where his bottom was breaking out bleeding. I also took away all acid foods with acid in first four ingreditins. Now he back on milk taking pbobiotic tablets and eats small amounts of fruits. My friends son is winging off the miralax that helped him with his constipation.

Mel - posted on 09/15/2009

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prune juice, apple juice, coloxyl drops, plenty of water from birth, vaseline on a cotton tip when u change the nappy, suppositories if absolutely necessary, warm baths, lower tummy massage, eliminating iron from the diet which includes rice cereal, change of formula if formula fed or adding 5-10 extra mills of water when making a bottle, or raw sugar in the bottle

Ruby - posted on 09/15/2009

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I am going through the same thing with my 3 year old which started back last fall. I agree that seeing a pediatrician is the first step. As with children, all cases are different. With my little girl, after trying everything (including enemas, miralax, benefiber, increasing fiber, taking away foods, etc...) we went to a specialist. She holds the poo because of the constipation hurting in the past. We are working on a two month program that keeps her stool soft (we are in the first month), so that when she poos it a doesn't hurt (even if she holds it for a day). After reenforcing the fact that pooing doesn't/shouldn't hurt, hopefully she'll be back on track. Somthing that was suggested by the specialist was that while she is constipated--you SHOULD NOT give them fiber because this only adds to the impaction. Also, he suggested that we stop potty training until we get her "regulated". Blessings to you and yours.

Jannifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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Even though Colace liquid is an Otc it can cause dehydration in our little ones because it is a stimuliut

Jannifer - posted on 09/14/2009

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Quoting Lindsey:

well if prunes didnt do the trick i would see her doctor! good luck!



I would  in crease her fiber intake along with  2 table spoons of mineral oil  once a day its harmless with no oder also keep a stool log because if she ingest a lot of apple sauce , rice, postas chesses these type of foods are binding and will cause constapation in our little ones

Monique - posted on 09/13/2009

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In order to keep my daughter regular, I buy the Gerber 2nd foods prunes and apples and make sure she has one daily or at least every two days. It helps to keep her regular without medicines and especially since she is 20 months and trying all new foods.

Leeanne - posted on 09/13/2009

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little brown sugar in water is what I was recommended when my first and second child were constipated. If it doesnt work itself out in a few days see a doctor. My second went 11 days recently. We gave him coloxil eventually and he was all sorted after that.

Jill - posted on 09/12/2009

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I had an amazing experience with an excellent cranio-sacral therapist. They use pressure on nerves and energy work to release tension in the body. My son had problems and he was breastfed so it was very disconcerting. As an infant we would take him to see her after three days of no bowel movement. He would instantly go and a lot too. Just took a few times and he got straightened out. Now he is totally normal and we didn't have to use any laxatives or added chemicals or drugs, which we were afraid to due to severe allergies. On going constipation signals something wrong in the body if diet has already been looked at. Good luck.

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I'm an LMT, so I have to mention, making gentle abdominal massage a part of my kiddos daily routine worked wonders. And it is free, so easy to try. Also helps reduce constipation and stress in adults. A friend claims it helped her through the health problems related to her divorce!

Cassandra - posted on 09/12/2009

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Quoting Wanda:

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.



My Doctor told me this also, aswell as my nan and my mum so how could you go wrong really? The only cause for alarm would be if there was blood from strain. However i use a cotton bud as it is less uncomfortable for bubs. You mentioned how much food your little girl is getting, make sure there isnt too much fibre and iron in her diet as that will make her poo very hard. hope this helps!

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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)

Chelsea - posted on 09/12/2009

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I have a 14 month old and when she gets constipated, I always remember that BRAT diet (Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast or bread) that is recommended for Diarrhea and work it in reverse. If she has been eating heavily on these foods, I eliminate them. Also, 1 tsp of flaxseed oil can also work wonders! It gives fiber PLUS lubrication.

Kay - posted on 09/12/2009

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I used to give prune juice about 2 tablespoons once every day until my little guy had a good bowel movement.

I'd put it in a medicine dropper when my little guy was 2 and younger and then when he liked to use straws, I would put it in a cup and let him use the straw. He liked the taste and it's natural and healthy. When you give it on an empty stomach, it works the best so an hour before or after a meal works great. I usually would get results within a day or two.

Karyn - posted on 09/12/2009

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my dtr is 16 now and has Always had problems with constipation. when she was little it was sooo bad that she had to have one of those little medicine cups that i would fill 1/2 with mineral oil and 1/2 with milk of magnesia. Twice a day! she swallowed it ok, but i gagged watching her ... lol. i thought it was sooo gross, but she didn;t really seem to mind very much and did it without a fuss. good luck! this is a very difficult issue, and won't necessarily go away. Plenty of Water, not Juice ! yogurt is good for the probiotics (all have it, but some, like Activia, have a bit more) and lots of fiber in the diet!!

Ruth - posted on 09/12/2009

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Pure orange juice,grapes,fig biscuits,wholemeal bread,50/50 bread,most breakfast cereals and any fruit or veg are all good for helping relieve constipation.Hope this is of some help,Ruth x

Christina - posted on 09/11/2009

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My daughter had chronic issues with constipation since she was 6 months old. Solid foods was the culprit like rice cereal, bananas, pasta and so forth. I used every tried and true natural method out there as well as suppositories, laxatives...The constipation had hindered her ability to be potty trained, she preferred going in her pull up. Because constipation had hurt her she would then hold it (a control issue common at around 2 yrs of age). It was just an ugly cycle. Finally at her 4 year check up (yes I let it go that long-this was my second opinion-1st dr. recommended prunes) I told the 2nd doctor of my experiences and failed attempts that she said it was completely normal for kids to experience this. She recommend Miralax (over the counter-she gives it to her son) you can control the dosage until you get the desired effect which is 1-3 soft stools a day. Constipation stretches the colon so making the child go regularly eventually helps the colon go back to normal. Luckily, I have never had to use the product because we broke the cycle (she was getting older so I had used rewards to break the fear) and now my daughter goes without any over the counter products or natural foods (prune juice...). She tries to go often and is very excite when she does. Good luck. P.S. My husband and I were a complete wreck over this and all I can tell you is that you are not doing anything wrong and hopefully your doctors recommendations and or my tip will help your little girls.

User - posted on 09/11/2009

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lots of water and fresh apples, here at the hospital they will make you drink lots of apple juice , these all work well. ask your doctor if she can have low dose stool softener, i wouldnt give every day like once every couple days

Jessica - posted on 09/10/2009

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A warm water bottle on her tummy and Maralax?But call the doctor first about it or ask the drug store.Helps alot when she gets older.

Dynea - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter suffered terrible constipation. for the first 13 months of her life I went from one Dr to the next. Non of them took me seriously until my husband took her. She would bleed and almost pass out from the pain every time. We used enema's and supositorys still they weren't fixing the real problem. Now she is under the care of a peadiatrician and on Adult strength Stool softeners and a "activator". She has a Anal fear and so she can now hold in even the runniest poo without the activator that makes her bottom contract and push it out.
Basicaly what I'm getting at is don't give up. Find a Dr that will listen and if all else fails spend the day at the Dr's so they can see what happens when she can't go.

Jo - posted on 09/10/2009

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my little boy had constipation for a week and I took him to see a naturopath before I tried any medications. He suggested he try a spoonful of fish oil every day. He said that this lubricates the bowel and helps them pass their poo's easier. It worked a treat and my son has never had constipation since. Suppositories are good to fix the backup but not good as a long term solution.

Juline - posted on 09/10/2009

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Real prunes. Cut up small. no pits...they are sticky and messy to eat, but always work like a charm :)

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2009

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Try karo syrup and warm water mixed milk causes more constipation so mixing with warm water is best

Melanie - posted on 09/10/2009

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Try Colace liquid, it's sold in most stores like Walmart, CVS, Target. A little expensive but worth it, just put in milk or juice. My son was always very constipated and that helped a great day, his pediatrician recommended that.

Emma - posted on 09/10/2009

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Try the pear juice in a tin, it takes a bit longer (sometimes up to 2 weeks) to fully clear their system out but it works a treat with my middle daughter. We use it quite a lot as she has food intolorences and becomes constipated because of them. The nurses say 1/2 to 1 cup a day. If that doesnt work try Infant's Friend (you can get it from the chemist) or the incontanince nurse gave us some sachats of Movicol but you will need to see the doc for that.

Naomi - posted on 09/10/2009

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why dont you give your baby some Papaya(pawpaw),or watermelon.i guarantee you that it will help.

Autumn - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter was the same way. you should talk to her ped. she can give you a referal to a gastrointroligist. she may have a blocked bowel or its just not functioning right. its not a big deal and the miralax powder will help her go and she wont get diarea. all the powder does is make it easier for her to go. you put a teaspoon of powder in her juice cup or water or milk what ever she prefers and she will never taste it. only takes about 2 days to start working.

Bridget - posted on 09/10/2009

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ok so prune juice didnt work, then the next step is to get Mirlax and put that in their drink. I had to do that with my young son and it works wonderfully. Also a banana is good too but i have found when i give me a bite of my fiber bar, which are really yummie,within 24 hours we have accomplished our goal of poppie! you can get that Mirlax by perscription or pay money and buy it off the shelf. it works!

Coleen - posted on 09/10/2009

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The DR will have some suggestions on how to loosen her up quickly (extraction, over the counter softeners, etc.). Then as ongoing maintenance our DR had us put a little BeneFiber in my daughter's bottle every day. In time, it passed...

Claire - posted on 09/10/2009

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The best solution to constipation: drink 3 glasses of warm water before any meal in the morning!! It helps very well and it cleans the system. That is my personal experience!!

Becky - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have always fed my daughter applesauce. It works for constipation or diarrhea balancing out her system. Also lots of water. Prunes helped too. On occasion she needed the help of a suppository. She still struggles with this at 12. Tummy massages help also.

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has anyone thought that she just might be lactose intolerant and that might be causing the constipation. can cause diarrhea or constipation, see a doctor.

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