Does anyone have advice on constipation? We've tried increasing liquids, juice, prunes, but nothing seems to work!

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Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2009

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Around 6 months old My daughter was constipated as well.  It was from the transition to baby food from just breast milk.  I tried prune juice w/no luck.  "Yo baby" yogurt worked for us.  Gave it to her every morning, then she finally went.  Also just constant water throughout the day.  I would avoid the apple juice, that seemed binding to me but if that's the only liquid they will drink then really just any juice will do.  Avoid any food/purees w/rice, bananas, apples, etc.  all binding.   She eventually got regular after about a month.  Good luck!

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Michelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Cheryl, Have you tried a tsp of white sugar in warm milk?  It worked for my daughter when she was constipated.  Try it in 1 or 2 bottles a day for a couple days.  Sugar isn't good to give to babies but it might just help and you only need to try it once in awhile.  Let me know if that helps! 

Betty - posted on 01/31/2009

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MIralax.  It used to be only prescribed, but now it is over the counter. I would have your pediatrician okay it, though.

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We used  1tsp of Kayro syrup and 1 ounce of warm water. Worked wonders. On the occasion that that did not work then I would get out the vasaline and supositories. If you do apple juice make sure its warm.

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We used  1tsp of Kayro syrup and 1 ounce of warm water. Worked wonders. On the occasion that that did not work then I would get out the vasaline and supositories. If you do apple juice make sure its warm.

Heather - posted on 01/31/2009

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When my son was an infant the Soy formula he was on constipated him terribly. My Pedi suggested Karo syrup. She said to start with 1 tble spoon in every bottle, and then wean it accordingly once we got him going.  It worked wonders.  Since he started solids and was weaned off soy formula he has been off the Karo without any problems. 

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Hi, u should try giving ur baby chamomile tea, if he drinks a bottle mix alittle bit with the milk and add very little sugar just for the taste, this should make him use it. let me know if it helped,

Saketa - posted on 01/31/2009

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Have U Tried Prunes Juice? That Always Works For Us. Also White Fruits Can Cause Constipation, Like Apples, Bananas. U Can Also Try Baby Lax, Its A Baby Supository That Has Always Worked For Our Children & Is Advised By The Pediatrician I Worked For & My Children's Pediatrician.



Good Luck & Enjoy Ur Weekend



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It really depends on how long its been since he last pooped. I suggest the miralax, but if you dont see him do a really good bowl then I suggest getting a liquid glycerin suppository (PEDIA LAX). The miralax works to soften the stool but if he has any blocking then the suppository is the best way to get him to poop. The most important thing right now is to make sure he poops then you can change his diet and give him plenty of fluids. Also, monitor his behavior, my daughter was holding ber bowls instead of pushing out.

Cyndi - posted on 01/31/2009

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I just went through this with my 14 mo. old son. Dr. recomended Kayro in every cup/bottle, about 1 tsp. fora few days and a glycerin suppository once a day for 2-3 days. He also told us to stay away from the "brat" diet.  No Bread, Rice, Apples, or Toast.  Apple Juice is ok, but he said that the apples have too much fiber.  I also put just a touch of mineral oil  in his ceral in the morning.  I hope this helps, Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2009

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Quoting Shaun:

Don't use Karo Syrup if your child is under 1. It's like honey and can cause botulism in infants under 1. That said, we've been battle constipation for two years. I've never tried the Miralax, but that's next on my list! We use 100% prune juice, about 4 oz undiluted. Pears in juice, not syrup work well too. You can also give him the juice. Stay away from lots of dairy, it can bind you up. Also, stay away from apples and bananas. My doctor told us that they can bind you up instead of loosening you up. Red meat is also a source of constipation. If absolutely nothing else is working, try the Miralax. I've heard wonderful things about it.


 



 



FYI -  Miralax is great if you have tried everything in their diet and nothing helps.  I am a pharm rep and used to sell Miralax before it went over the counter.  It does work miracles with children and most pediatric gastroenterologist will recommend it over anything else.  It's safe to use on a regular basis so don't be afraid to use daily.  It's not absorbed in the system.   It's tasteless too so you can mix w/just about anything.  

Suzette - posted on 01/31/2009

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I was told by a midwife orange juice is the best! she also stated that ASDA 18p juice is the best non of the fancy stuff!

Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2009

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My kids are a bit older so I don't know if you'd be able to use this on your little one....  A cup of popcorn each night. 



My kids loved it because they thought they were getting a cool snack when really it was helping move their bowels along.

Shaun - posted on 01/30/2009

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Don't use Karo Syrup if your child is under 1. It's like honey and can cause botulism in infants under 1. That said, we've been battle constipation for two years. I've never tried the Miralax, but that's next on my list! We use 100% prune juice, about 4 oz undiluted. Pears in juice, not syrup work well too. You can also give him the juice. Stay away from lots of dairy, it can bind you up. Also, stay away from apples and bananas. My doctor told us that they can bind you up instead of loosening you up. Red meat is also a source of constipation. If absolutely nothing else is working, try the Miralax. I've heard wonderful things about it.

Christine - posted on 01/30/2009

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When my youngest was constipated and nothing seemed to work, I was informed by her doctor to use half of a childrens glycerine suppository.  It did the trick, she pushed it out within a minute (no longer) and within half an hour she had a good poop.

Dawn - posted on 01/30/2009

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We have my 3 yr old on Mirilax and FibureSure. The Dr. told my sister to put her son on it and he is not even 2 yet. So I would talk to your Dr. about this. When we had problems with my daughter the Dr said to try suppositories and it helped a lot. We got them in liquid form and within seconds she would poop!

Christine - posted on 01/30/2009

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When my youngest was constipated and nothing seemed to work, I was informed by her doctor to use half of a childrens glycerine suppository.  It did the trick, she pushed it out within a minute (no longer) and within half an hour she had a good poop.

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2009

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Here are some things I try:



1. Nurse as much as possible.



2. Offer water.



3. No juice--too much sugar.



4. Fletcher's laxative.  It is senna and tastes like rootbeer.  



5. Give multivitamins every other day instead of every day. 



6. Veggie and breastmilk diet.  No starches, sugars, bread, dairy, or processed foods. 

Lisa - posted on 01/30/2009

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when my son was a couple months old the doctor suggested Karo syrup in the bottle (the dark syrup) which did the trick quickly...As for the dosage i'm not sure what to tell you.  It's a fairly small amount per ounce.  I think we did 1/4 tsp. for 3 oz.  Also, when I used to nanny we put brown sugar in the bottle that also always did the trick, again not sure of the amount.

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| was having the same problem with my 8month old and the peditrician told me to increase the water in his formula bottles and to give him 2 oz of water with 1tsp of brown sugar stired in and that the brown sugar would act as a diaretic. It worked. He also said you could add a tsp of brown sugar to his formula as well and I do this ocassionally as well and it seems to be working along with the prunes. I to thought just increasing his juice would do the trick but no such luck. Good Luck hope this helps you.

Enna - posted on 01/30/2009

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Try oatmeal, oranges and if all fails there is a pediatric laxative all depending how old is your daughter. Please note that baby specially can go for at least a week with out going so don’t worry if that is the issue but if when going is really hard and dry just keep on doing what you are doing giving her prune, orange fruit or in juice and water lots of water…

Amanda - posted on 01/30/2009

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My son was also having that problem too, went to the doctor, she gave us some pills for him but they didnt work, so i phoned my great aunt mary, she told me what they use to do, tried it and it worked like a charm
what i used is 1 tbs spoon of sugar and half a 4 oz bottle of water, should start working in 1-3 days, do that three times a day.

Kristi - posted on 01/30/2009

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I would suggest going to a local pharmacy or a larger food chain that has a pharmacy and ask for Miralax. It used to be prescription but it is now over the counter. I am a certified pharmacy technician. It is very safe and effective. I use it for myself and for my daughter who suffers from the same problem. Do not use it when the child has loose stools. Read the label for dosaging. If you do not see a doseage approiate for your child ask the pharmacist or your pediatrician. Hope this helps.

Tiffany - posted on 01/30/2009

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Depends on the age of the child. If it has been more than two or three days see a doctor.  Our son was only pooping every other day for a couple of weeks.  It freaked me out.  The doctor told me it was all very normal.



It no doctor is available, there are these old housewife remedies from the 20th century..



1. Put your finger up there to make sure nothing is blocking it



2. There is a baby suppository on the market that was mostly just glycerin



3. Oil on both ends of baby (EVOO in front, Baby Oil on the O-ring)



4. Warm soapy baths, sometimes twice a day.

Shonda - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi I am by no means a Doctor but I do have 6 kids (if that counts HA!) When my Colton was 3 he had an awful time with constipation. I tryied everything like you but FINALLY FOUND A LIFESAVER! It is called FLETCHER'S LAXATIVE FOR KIDS. It worked super fast on him and he was a different child. I found that Milk was the culprite for the constipation. We gave him soy milk for about 4 months now he can drink regular milk again and have cheese too! Sure hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 01/30/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:

Does anyone have advice on constipation? We've tried increasing liquids, juice, prunes, but nothing seems to work!




Doing something daily to prevent it is better than dealing with it after it is too late, if you know what I mean!  The thing that seemed to help the most with our kids was adding ground flax seed to their diet.  You can mix it in with yogurt, cottage cheese, sprinkle it on cereal, blend it into smoothies, bake it into breads, or whatever!  Try increasing fiber by increasing fruits, veggies, and whole grain products. 

Casey - posted on 01/30/2009

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Plus, too I found out that when I thought my daughter was constipated she really wasnt at times. She would go for a couple of days with nothing more than gas and then she would poop. After, asking the doctor about it she says this is normal to go sometimes 3-4 days without bowel movement. It's simply because the baby is growing and using more of what it takes into its system. So maybe it's not constipation but just growth spurts.

Casey - posted on 01/30/2009

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You can also add a teaspoon of plain Karo Syrup to formula. My peditrician also suggested lubing the very end of rectal thermometer and slightly moving around in rectum. She said sometimes the sphinter muscle needs to be massaged til they learn how to appropriately learn to use this muscle. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 01/29/2009

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My daughter has the same problem, her dr suggested miralaz. Not sure how old your daughter is, but ours is 20 months and she is on a 1/2 tsp. We started out with 1/4 of tsp and with no results after a week we up'd it. The doctor said the result should be toothpaste consistency. We have had a times had to decrease it and also increase it. We have also found recently that if we giver some apple prune juice by gerber that works great along with the mirlax. The mirlax we put in her sippy cuy of milk in the morning. Good luck

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My children were given Movocol (it comes in powder sachets) by a doctor, it worked for them better than lactalose, they complained it tasted horrible so i added a tiny drop of cordial to it. Good luck

Nancy - posted on 01/29/2009

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Our doctor had us put light caro syrup in their bottle. Don't use it every bottle, more like every other. Do that until it seems like the baby doesn't need it anymore.

Candice - posted on 01/29/2009

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How old is your child? When my son was younger, around 2, he was constipated alot and always strained when going #2. His doctor recommended giving him a small amount of mineral oil to help him stay regular. We just mixed a little (maybe 1 tbs or so) into his food, like applesauce or yogurt. He finally got better once he was potty trained. I don't think you're supposed to give mineral oil to younger children though so check with your doctor to make sure it's okay.

Christina - posted on 01/29/2009

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My son has had severe constipation since the day he was born and we tried everything prunes, kayo syrup, apple juice, to no avail but finally we were told to try metamucil a tsp in a bottle and that worked for us!



 

Christina - posted on 01/29/2009

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My son has had severe constipation since the day he was born and we tried everything prunes, kayo syrup, apple juice, to no avail but finally we were told to try metamucil a tsp in a bottle and that worked for us!



 

Nicole - posted on 01/29/2009

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I put a teaspoon of cairo syrup (light) in my daughter milk. It worked great!!

Sara - posted on 01/29/2009

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You should see a doctor.  I tried all the juices, prunes, etc and now we're dealing with encopresis.  My son doesn't have muscle control because the backed up poop caused his anus muscles to relax.   Apples, Bananas, Cheese, all binding foods.  My son was put on a daily dose of Miralax and we're back to potty-training.

Lisa Marie - posted on 01/29/2009

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You should talk to your pediatrician.  We had a similar problem with my son.  He was chronically constipated for over 2 years.  The only thing that helped was Miralax.  Constipation has to be helped from the inside so don't be swayed when people tell you to use laxatives. 

Linda - posted on 01/29/2009

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When my son was a baby he had a problem with the musles too and my dr told me to  him collace it think thats how its spelled its like a safe drug that they dont get depended on. Each meal a spoonful in juice and it keeps them regular. You can get it at the store or grocrey store in the asile with constipation medicine.

Brittany - posted on 01/29/2009

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My sister had this problem with her son. She puts 1-2 tsp of Miralax in his juice every morning. This is what her Dr. told her to do, and it seems to have helped a lot.

Terry - posted on 01/29/2009

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You might want to try changing the baby's formula. I had to do that with my oldest and after that she was just fine. all the iron in the milk binds them up. Also, see if he will maybe drink some water, like room temp.

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