Constipated

Ruby - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 192 moms have responded )

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I have a 1 yr old son who just recently started being constipated. Before I take him to the doctor (because I know they have some meds for this) I want to know if anyone has any home remedies I can try.

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Iridescent - posted on 02/23/2010

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Karo Syrup in warm water (1-2 Tablespoons of syrup, 2 ounces of water). Warm cloth on the tummy. Rubbing his tummy in a clockwise motion. Bicycling the legs.

Crystal - posted on 02/23/2010

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my son has those problems too. i have found that myralax is the best thing for it. there is no cramping and it doesn't give them uncontrolable diahria

Kristin - posted on 03/02/2010

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Stay away from apples (make stool hard) bananas(constipate) prune juice mixed with grape to make the texture better, grapes,rasisins, berries and lots of water..meds can help but also can have terrible side effects...stomach cramping (it already hurts...) good luck

Shaina - posted on 03/01/2010

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i used fresh squeezed orange juice with a tiny bit of vegetable oil in it. when my son was 3 months old i gave him 1 teaspoon of this in the evening and by the morning his constipation was gone.

if he is like that more often try giving him more water, or if he doesnt like water then diluted juice works well too.

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Libby - posted on 03/05/2010

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Prune juice always worked for us, although, be careful too much can create a mess.

Katherine - posted on 03/05/2010

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Ruby I am locking this thread because I think after 190 posts you have your answer :)



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Beth - posted on 03/05/2010

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diluted prune juice or apple juice. also put a tablespoon of molassis in a bottle full of water. that worked for my 6 month old.

Michelle - posted on 03/02/2010

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Oh and probiotics, found in yogurt are a great thing for them to eat daily! They have the good bacteria that their little tummy needs to fitght off the bad, it will also help keep them regular!

Michelle - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son spent a lot of time in the hospital when he was between 1 and 2 years old from being so constipated he ended up impacted with really high fevers. Nothing really came out of being in there. It wasn't until he had a urology appt. and we discussed it, they told me to put mineral oil in his drink, I used juice diluted with water. Until the first bowl movement I gave him about a t spoon a couple times a day, then just once a day for a few days, then down to a couple times a week. It won't hurt if you use too much, all it does is lubricate the bowel and if you do use too much, you'll just see oil in their diaper/underwear and can cut back. Along with that, lots of water and fiber. Until I got him regular I put a tiny bit of fibersure in his drink as well, tiny, tiny bit for young ones. Our doctor also put him on pediasure WITH FIBER, you have to make sure it says with fiber. The mineral oil comes in a small plastic container in the pharmacy area, if you can't find it just ask them about it. =)

User - posted on 03/02/2010

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I know all the home remidies! go to the store and get Miralax it is not a med. like the others. my son was so bad I took him to the childrens hospital GI unit and this stuff works. mix in drink and they dont even know it is there. THIS WORKS!!!!!!

Jen - posted on 03/02/2010

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if baby is still young use either karo syrup in formula or baby glycerin suppositories. 1/2 in bottom as needed

Lisa - posted on 03/01/2010

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My sister in law has the same problem with her 5 year old. Some of the remedies she has tried are: prune juice, apple juice, suppositories, over the counter and prescription meds. Justice has had prollems since birth with constipation and still struggles with it. My two children had occassional flare ups and it was remedied by using the fruit juices.

Shaina - posted on 03/01/2010

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i used fresh squeezed orange juice with a tiny bit of vegetable oil in it. when my son was 3 months old i gave him 1 teaspoon of this in the evening and by the morning his constipation was gone.

if he is like that more often try giving him more water, or if he doesnt like water then diluted juice works well too.

Kelly - posted on 03/01/2010

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fiber one bars are great tasting and my kids favorite are the peanut butter ones. encourage him to eat more fruit snacks such as oranges and bannanas, increase the fluid intake, raisins, prunes, increase water intake and decrease cheese intake, miralax is highly recommended by most pediatricians for a goal of 1-2 soft stools a day but what did he change from drinking(formula)? or breast milk to dairy? Your doctor s ofice probably has a nurse that can offer you suggestions to. I know Karo syrup use to be something that was used by our mothers but is not recommended by most doctors now. Warm fluids tend to stimulate the bowels also.Bannanas are full of fiber, I see everyone is giving them a bad rap, fiber works both for diarrhea and constipation. Fiber absorbs fluid and adds bulk. If having abdominal pain and belly is sticking out, it is best to go see the doctor.

Katie - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter started getting constipated about the same age too. She is now 3 and still battles on the toilet so we really limit the amount of dairy she gets and it has really helped, now at least she is going once a day :) Also, try watering down any fluid you give your son to a 50/50 mix, even milk. We used goat's milk from age one because it has less lactose and casein in it. Casein is the protein in milk that can be an allergen to a lot of people.



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Carol - posted on 03/01/2010

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Metamucil worked for my son at his age. What a drag....I remember those days.He is 12 now.....wish his constipation was my only problem now! stick to it. Little buggahs like to hold on to it sometimes too!

Jane - posted on 03/01/2010

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Of course. As I said earlier, no other symptoms, no obvious other discomfort. Always first do no harm and care for your child.

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all these suggestions are great, but he needs to see the dr to make sure there is not a problem with his intestines or bowels.

Jane - posted on 03/01/2010

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We always had a sports topped water bottle around and never offered any other drink before the water. My children still drink water first when they are thirsty even though they are old enough to access sugary drinks.

Jane - posted on 03/01/2010

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Water. Water. Water. Less bananas, applesauce, cheese, peanut butter...In other words, binding foods. More fiber, more fluids. And (if I remember correctly) sometimes they won't poop for days. If he isn't uncomfortable and is having normal bm's when he does, and no other symptoms of illness or discomfort, he might be adjusting to his 'new' 1 year old diet and digestion.

Liz - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter is 3 and a half, and has suffered from chronic constipation since about a year old. We have her on Miralax. It is an over the counter stool softner, taste-less and we mix it in her juice every morning. Also, when she gets severely constipated we do have to use Senna syrup, a laxative that is prescribed by her doctor.

It's very frustrating to deal with this, and I hope that your son grows out of it soon. We have used suppositories and enema's in the past, both those become very traumatic to a child.

As we are still dealing with this, our daughter who turns 4 in June is still not potty trained because of how painful bowel movements can be for her. Good luck, and try to stay on top of the stool softener.

Dymphna - posted on 03/01/2010

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I agree with the high fiber and lots of liquids...clear liquids that is...always works for my almost 1 year-old!

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If you can get him to eat the baby food prunes, that worked for my daughter. Also you may want to try some brown sugar in his milk. I know that sounds bad for his teeth but that is what my sisters doctor recomended.

Nancy - posted on 03/01/2010

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He probably needs more water all through the day. Fruits and veggies also help, as raw as possible. Cut back on bread, peanut bitter and cheese. Check for food alergies.

Nancy

Valerie - posted on 03/01/2010

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Try some honey..just a spoonful, or syrup..the kind for pancakes. If neither one works, get some prunes and just give him half..does he drink apple juice?

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our ped told us about glycerin suppositories, we get ours from walgreens. make sure they are the infant/child size ones. Ask the pharmacist. Prune juice works well and whole grain toast. Apples in just about any form too. If he is in pain though you should take him to the dr as it could be an obstruction.

Diane - posted on 03/01/2010

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If he's breastfed cut back on any dairy and juice and nurse more often, if he's formula fed you'll most likely have to go to the doctor.

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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Hi. My son was extremely constipated and we couldn't figure out what it was. After meds, my friend told me to take him to the chiro. I did... his lower back was out so he couldn't go to the bathroom!!! He coldn't stop going after they fixed his back!

Dani - posted on 03/01/2010

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I think it is really hard when your infant/ toddler is constipated (excuse the pun!) I had to take my 7 mth old to a paediatrician because he WOULD eat the stewed prunes, apricots etc but I swear nothing made a single bit of difference! Constipated all the time! Basically he didn't drink enough fluids and it's only over time that he will drink barely enough now - but he's much better on the normal cows milk rather than formula. And yes I did breastfeed him for 4 mths - would have liked to carry on but he just kept refusing feeds until my supply just wasnt there when he DID want it! Now he LOVES his cup and drinks lots of water, if not much milk. But he eats like a horse! And the constipation seems to be sorting itself out. He did have reflux so drinking was very difficult for him for a while and vomitting was the norm - but now! Just wonderful!!

Payal - posted on 03/01/2010

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prunes. i usually take one prune and put it into 2-3 tblspoons of water to microwave for 7-8 secs. then quish it...i give this 'tea' to my daughter and she gulps it down. it really helps her for constipation. and then there's always the good old WATER!!!!

Stephany - posted on 03/01/2010

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My daughter was the same, baby food prunes and manderine oranges worked wonderfully and she loved them :) good luck

ATHENA - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter (12-months) is the same. We gave her 6 oz of baby food prunes daily. The doctor also suggested "P" foods (pears, peaching, peas, prunes, etc.) And water (as much as they can drink - which is hard for us). ALSO, we avoid constipating foods like bananas, rice, apples/applesauce, potatos, etc.

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wow... have you read all of this? The body has reactions to food. If an inflamation or blockage is occuring there is a reason. First get the bowel moving. Opening it up and getting relief is number one priority. Next - find out why it is not moving... there is a reason. A healthy bowel should move 6 to 8 hours after consumption. Period. A bit of massage, hot water - no sugar needed, if you just give some nice warm water in a bottle, massge the feet, and the bowel area or look at the houston valve release I described earlier movement should be happening. A lot of oil or new foods or fibre is not the long term answer! Ever. The glycerin supposoitory is helpful in an emergency, - used it many times before I learnt about the allergies and how they work on the body and what happens as a result. Read and research this, it will surprise you!

Christie - posted on 02/28/2010

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Have you tried giving him warm water with some sugar in it. I have used raw sugar but not sure if it really matters which sugar you use. Hope it helps.

Michelle - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son is 31/2 and we noticed the same problem about a year ago. We tried everything-loads more grains and water,prunes, licorice-he was still constipated and after seeing the doctor he is on a medication which has helped him alot. The thing you need to know is that there are levels of constipation and it is a good idea to get a check up just in case.

Dena - posted on 02/28/2010

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i JUST did a post about this on my blog www.lileskimointexas.blogspot.com. we were in the same boat, but are finding lots of relief these past couple weeks!!

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My son had this problem and my doctor told me to try prune juice. I know it sounds gross but it worked. If he can eat raisins try prunes instead. Hope this helps.

Rachael - posted on 02/28/2010

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Everyone seems to have great ideas with food/drink options. When he's trying to poo, see if you can get him to try blowing one of those party whistles that unwrap or blowing up a balloon (probably a bit hard at his age). This actions get the right muscles contracting/relaxing and working.

Judy - posted on 02/28/2010

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You might want to check with your doctor to see if a one year old can use this - you can use Benefiber in milk, water, baby food. It has no taste, so it goes down well. It will help to keep him regular. The doctor could tell you if it is safe for a one year old and how much to use.

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