My 3 year old boy gets constipated on average once a week, this has been going on since birth, the doctors say he just has a sensitive stomach. Does anyone else have this problem? It breaks my heart to see him in pain like that!

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User - posted on 03/19/2009

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My three year old used to be really bad, our pediatrician suggested using, myralax, give them a tsp a day, just  put it in his milk, and you may need to increase the dosage, i gave it to my three year old for about 6 months every morning, i saw somone else suggested the myralax, it works

Mandy - posted on 03/19/2009

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i would get a second opinion as my nephew had the similar problems when he was born. he is now nearly 3 and the gp referred him to  specialist  and he has been on movicol since just before he was 2 and you can see the difference. hope you get it sorted out as it not nice seeing them in so much pain. good luck  

Erica - posted on 03/14/2009

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My son has had problems with this, also.  We've had him on a daily dose of Miralax and it had really helped.  He gets a half of a dose.  You have to adjust the amount based on how soft/often he goes, but he does go!

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I have a little guy who had problems with constipation after he quit nursing. Since we should have a bowel movement with every meal, I was greatly concerned.  My experience has shown that many of our ailments can be treated with correct food choices. So when my little guy struggled, I started juicing carrots and apples.  This definitely regulated his bowel movements and now, over a year later, he has regular movements without the juice.  I might add that he has had one cold in a years time which lasted 3 days. He has never had an ear infection and has had a fever twice that lasted only one day.  Carrot juice is a phenomal natural healer. 

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Heather - posted on 10/30/2010

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I haven't read any of the responses, but I will tell you I personally had this problem all my life. Not until this year did I figure out what the problem was...dairy intolerance. I started taking Lactase(over the counter digestive enzyme) and a probiotic to help my digestion and I haven't had a problem since.(unless I forget to take it for a few days) Ask your doctor, but there should be no reason why you can't try this with your little one and see if it helps!

User - posted on 10/30/2010

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my 3 yr old is the same he as had medices powder everything n now its been 8 days again but the doctors still say its normal that cnt be normal need help cos he screams for days he in agony

Karen - posted on 03/22/2009

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Hi Lindy my 22 month old daughter is the same i have tried everything with her from prune juice to a laxative called parachoc & suppositories she also eats a lot of veggies, fruit & prunes & she also has licorice in her diet.  I have been to the doctors 3 times now & have been told this is normal for young children to be like this.  Im not sure if that is correct, it is terrible to watch your child screaming in pain. I hope you get your little boy sorted out soon.

Diana - posted on 03/19/2009

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my daughter have the same thing! since birth! i remember how old she was when she first have that problem. 2 weeks old! shes 6 now. give your son apple juice and make sure your son drink a lot of water. at lease prune juice once a day every week. or you can get him to eat something fiber. i got so many advice on how to feed her and i called that her "diet". she wasnt happy with it. no apple, no banana, no popcorn, no, no, no, too many things! we all mothers hate to see our kids go through with it. just be patience with your kid. give love and try not to stress your kid out. another thing, if you really want your kid to relax when hes going. i will say at least have him take a warm bath to relax him, then put him on toilet for 15 minutes to just see him go. if he doesnt, then do it again the next day. hope this prepare you more for your kid. :D ofc, my daughter eat regularly, shes not on "diet" at all. why force her not to eat what she want? all i know dont give her too much or she will "suffer". good luck with your son! :)

Jen - posted on 03/19/2009

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Both my children were chronically constipated. DESPITE being exclusively breastfed. (many of my nieces and nephews were the same).



My 2nd child was so bad, that when she'd go, she would actually tear and bleed.Partly from constipation, partly from a sensory (texture) thing my kids have, and fear of the hard poop, so she'd withhold all day, making it even harder and more compact.



We used Miralax every day. Half a capful, mixed in her bottle (in whatever she was drinking).



She loved veggies and fruit, and ate them all the time, and they didn't help. Neither did prune juice, pear juice, watermelon juice, etc. Miralax was the only thing that kept things soft enough that she wouldn't be injured.



After she was potty trained, we have used it occasionally, but for the most part, she knows she has a place to aim, sit down, etc., and it has done away with the withholding issue. When she DOES get constipated now (rare, I think), she just pushes it out, and is fine.

Amanda-jayne - posted on 03/19/2009

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hello



my 9 year old girl also suffers badly with this problem.. i find that prune juice from asda!! helps a treat... also dark chocolate can help to get things moving alone too.. so you could mix them both, so give him the juice followed by some choc.. to take the taste away..

Mandy - posted on 03/19/2009

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i would get a second opinion as my nephew had the similar problems when he was born. he is now nearly 3 and the gp referred him to  specialist  and he has been on movicol since just before he was 2 and you can see the difference. hope you get it sorted out as it not nice seeing them in so much pain. good luck  

Liza - posted on 03/19/2009

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Hi Lindy, what really works for by 2 year old boy is one teaspoon of honey in his milk / bottle per day. IT REALLY WORKS AND IS GOOD FOR HIM! Good luck

Heather - posted on 03/18/2009

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Has your doctor suggested Miralax by any chance?? When my youngest was an infant he would have troubles with constipation as well and the doctor perscribed Miralax once a day in a bottle of juice, mixed with his food or his milk. and it was our life saver. and I think Miralax is now over the counter.

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I would suggest making sure he drinks enough water. Also pears should help; pears or pear juice. And maybe cut back on cheese, if he eats a lot.

Laura - posted on 03/18/2009

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I would try and find out what foods made him sick. He may have a milk intolerance or wheat or certain fruits. I know that if there are certain foods that make it worse avoiding them completely until his stomach can recover. If it isn't a food allergy I am a huge fan of the cook book "Deceptively Delicious". It makes getting veggies of all kinds so easy into them. Using the purred veggies increases the fiber content of their food like 200%. Yes lots of poop. 



I also just saw an add for fiber gummies. They are a fiber supplement in the for of gummie bears. BRILLIANT!. It is something he could take everyday that won't make his tummy cramp and hurt, they will just make everything move through easier. Good luck. 

Alice - posted on 03/18/2009

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Use prune juice and water on his cereal in the morning instead of milk.

Feed him prune juice when ever you can. Mix it with his normal juice and water.

Water and Prune Juice is the best option I reckon just more of it. Also go see the chemist and they may have some tricks :)

Susan - posted on 03/18/2009

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my grandaughter has this prob from birth and its so upsetting to see them in pain thankfully naw after being on medication for about a year she has been refered to the childrens hospital i have some other children in the family that have the Hirschsprungs Disease my niece has coped wiry well with her 4 children they all had the op and still have some probs but its better they even had op to make the scare nice and neat now they are older . so if it goes on too long ask to be referd no child should have to suffer so much pain

Kimberly - posted on 03/18/2009

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Pediasure with Fiber is great. A little goes a long way! Helps get them through this "picky" eating time when they won't eat their veggies. Pediasure also has "pre-biotics" in it too, which helps regulate the gut microflora, which helps regulate....

Tanya - posted on 03/18/2009

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We had the same problem with our 2 year old daughter. I started putting flax seed in yogurt and giving her some every other day as well giving her a cup of apple juice a day and she seems to stay pretty regular now!

Cody - posted on 03/18/2009

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There is a great toddler formula that you can supplement with; its called baby's one and it can be found at most health food stores. For imediate (like next day) relief, put Karo syrup in his sippy cup. Feed him softer foods, that are easier to digest. Add some flax for more permanant help. Good luck!

Kayleigh - posted on 03/18/2009

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have you thought about keeping a food diary to see if there is a pattern? he could have intolerances, an it would give the docs more info to go on and see if there is a pattern forming. i hope you get it sorted tho bless him

Dena - posted on 03/18/2009

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My little girl had the same problem.  She would strain so bad that she would be bleed.  We watched everything she ate, increased her fiber intake (lots of fruits, apple juice, prune juice etc).  My doctor finally put her on Miralax (over the counter).  I put a 1/2 tbs. a day in her a.m. juice.  It is gentle on the stomach and keeps her regular.  She said to continue until she was potty trained, then slowly decrease the amount given.  If she starts having problems again to start it back up.



I understand how hard it is to watch your baby in pain.  I hope you find something that works for him.

Dena - posted on 03/18/2009

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My little girl had the same problem.  She would strain so bad that she would be bleed.  We watched everything she ate, increased her fiber intake (lots of fruits, apple juice, prune juice etc).  My doctor finally put her on Miralax (over the counter).  I put a 1/2 tbs. a day in her a.m. juice.  It is gentle on the stomach and keeps her regular.  She said to continue until she was potty trained, then slowly decrease the amount given.  If she starts having problems again to start it back up.



I understand how hard it is to watch your baby in pain.  I hope you find something that works for him.

Katie - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi Lindy, my son is going on four and we have had this problem since birth as well. my Dr. recommended putting him on a teaspoon of mialax mixed in his juice once a day. it took about ten days of giving it too him, and he now goes everyday with no problem, and it is no longer hard for him too get out. we tried all the juice fruit and veggies, and they didn't help. no more enemas for my son. hope this will help.

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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My 3 year old daughter had that same problem too. It was heartbreaking. I found a message therapist that I took her too. he found that her Illioseeco valve (I am not spelling it right but spelling like it is pronounced) was closed. It is what connects the large intestine to the small intestine and allows fluid to pass to soften the stools and allow them to go more frequently. He messaged it, which takes 20 seconds and it tickles them. After going to him for a couple of months my daughter does not have this problem anymore. Hope this helps!

Sandra - posted on 03/18/2009

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try giving him a little bit of prune juice each day. my friend had to do it with her little boy

Iliana - posted on 03/18/2009

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Using suppositories on little kids is a big NO NO.  I know many parents resort to using them and my own mother used them on me as a child.  They can also give children terrible cramps.  Always check with a doctor before using suppositories, even if they are for kids.  Plus, they don't solve they underlying problem.  They can also cause the muscle to relax to the point where they won't be able to have any control.  Regular or often use of these should be avoided at all times.  Last resort ONLY.

Claire - posted on 03/18/2009

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My daughter suffered dreadfully with constipation problems from the age of 6 months to 18 months. it used to be that bad she would start to go and stop herself because of the pain, just awful. I used to have to help her!!!  When she did finally pass i used to cry cos of the sheer size of the thing!!! I went back and forth to the doctors, first thing they tried was Lactulose ... didn't help a bit!!! So i persisted and they prescribed her Movicol.... fantastic!!!!!! One sachet every night before she went to bed, after a week she started passing a motion every day, I knocked Mocicol on the head after a month and now she goes no problem at all. So give it a go it may just help him.



Hope this helps xxx

Kim - posted on 03/18/2009

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I am going with the miralax also. Stuff is fantastic and they can have it daily for upto 6months. i also give my daughter "white grape" juice. :) good luck

Jamie - posted on 03/18/2009

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MY DAUGHTER GETS LIKE THAT...I HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN A SUPPOSITORY, YOU CAN FIND THEM AT STORES JUST FOR KIDS...I CUT IT IN HALF AND IT SEEMS TO HELP WITHIN 20 MINUTES HALF HOUR...HOPE THIS HELPS

Iliana - posted on 03/18/2009

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Quoting Lindy:

My 3 year old boy gets constipated on average once a week, this has been going on since birth, the doctors say he just has a sensitive stomach. Does anyone else have this problem? It breaks my heart to see him in pain like that!



Hi, 



My son had this problem up until he was three as well.  We actually ended up in the emergency room because he hadn't gone to the bathroom in 5 days!  The emergency doctor thought nothing of it and told us to put him on "lacturlose".  It is a liquid you can buy at any pharmacy, ask the pharmacist. Non prescription.  We had to give him 10 ml a day.  It tastes like really sweet honey and same consistency.  It is actually quite sickening but he liked it. After a few days he finally went.  We kept him on it for as long as we could before he got sick of it.  At least a month.  Although the doctor had said 6 months.  We slowly weaned him off to every other day, every few days and so on til he was able to go on his own.  We increased his water intake. ( very important!)  Also, increase his fibre. More high fibre fruit and veggies.  Broccoli, banana's was good carrots, raisins, craisins(dried cranberries), etc.  After a while he began to be a completely different child and has never gone back to being on the lactulose again.  Make sure that once your child begins going normally you stay on top of it.  Kids tend to ignore urges because they want to play or because they are afraid it will hurt.  Not going makes the stool become harder and more difficult to pass.  Hope this helps...

Tricia - posted on 03/18/2009

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My husband is a Dr. so I've learned a thing or two from him and I have 5 kids--- your constipation cure is water, water, drink more water... and activity- keep him active.

Cindi - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son (now 23 years old) had this problem as a toddler also. Believe it or not, back then the doctor told me to put some Caro corn syrup in his bottle or juice. It did help. I don't know if they still do that now. I know there are a lot of recipes out there for making muffins, cookies, etc using applesauce or canned pumpkin in place of sugar. I know it takes time to bake, but if you have time, possibly he would willing to eat something like that. In fact, there is a cookbook written by Jerry Seinfeld's wife with recipes for all kinds of goodies that are made with more natural ingredients and lots less sugar. I would have definately done that when my boys were little if I could have. I know it's so hard to see them suffer - good luck

Bethany - posted on 03/18/2009

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My five year old step son has had this problem since he was a year old and his mom has tired all kinds of meds. I like a more natural remedy so I tired unsweet tea and fruit with seeds in it and they both seem to work really well. Maybe not as fast as a over the counter med. but if you keep them on hand and feed them to them daily even if they are not having problems it keeps them regular.

Joelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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Probiotics, Probiotics, Probiotics!!! I swear they are the best thing for your little one and they have no adverse side effects like perscription drugs. Ask your local pharmacist and they should have some on hand. They are drops you give about 2 times a day!! I promise you... it will work miracles on his stomache. It will help him digest whatever he is eating... and it has countless number of benefits.

Pollyanna - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi, My 2 1/2 yr old son is the same. It gets so bad at times that he's in tears with the pain, the doctor has given lactulose, this does help most of the time, however he still suffers.

Inger - posted on 03/18/2009

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I would HIGHLY recommend a good homeopath! I know a lot of people think they are "hocus pocus," but I found out about homeopathy about 18 years ago, from my doctor, and have used it ever since. I've even studied it so that I can use it on minor issues with my own family. It works so well that my kids will come to me to see if there's a remedy for whatever issues they may have. I can't suggest a remedy, since I'm not certified for that, but if you can find one that is, I'm sure he/she could be of help. The difference in homeopathy is that it considers the patient's entire being....physical, emotional, etc., rather than just targeting a single symptom. It has worked wonders in my family.

Tammy - posted on 03/18/2009

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if your little one will drink water that helps.it did with my 4 year old girl and it works till this day. hope this helps

Patti - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi my name is Patti and my girlfriens daughter has the same problem. Her Dr. suggested mineral oil, I think 1 tsp ot Tbsp mixed in with something like juice or applesauce. I don't think there is any taste to it so you can mix with whatever. I hope this helps if you haven't already found some relief. Good Luck

Jacqui - posted on 03/18/2009

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Hi,my daughter has this problem shes had is since she was your sons age she is now 8, my doctor has put her on lactose, weighed her to get theright dose, & it made a big difference, the medicine doesnt harm & now she hardly uses it, i used to use prune juice but she wasnt keen on that, i hope ive helped.

Lisa - posted on 03/17/2009

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My 11 month old is the same way.  Whether breastfed (until 6 months) or on formula my poor boy gets constipated.  I've used a 50-50 of apple juice to water to ease his discomfort, but he still gets constipated, just not as painfully so.  Good luck!  I was told that white grape juice is suppose to help too.

Nazreen - posted on 03/17/2009

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My daughter had the same problem. I gave her bananas. I bake the bananas  to make it more interesting. I also make banana milk shake. I also gave her mash banana pancake with milk.  She loves it . Now she doesn' t constipate much.

Crystal - posted on 03/17/2009

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my son has the same problem. i give him childrens benefiber everyday and it has helped alot!

Shannon - posted on 03/17/2009

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my son was that way...dr had us use suppositories...they have them at the store....and he has gotten better(he's goin on 3months old)....try them....we got ours at walmart they have a blue lid on them and they work wonders.....it takes it about 3days before he can pooh on his own without it...they work in like 15min.....

Rabiya - posted on 03/17/2009

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hi



my son used have terrible constipation in the same age. the best thing that worked for him was lots of curd, gauva and and broken wheat grain. try it it worked for my son.

Rabiya - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Lindy:

My 3 year old boy gets constipated on average once a week, this has been going on since birth, the doctors say he just has a sensitive stomach. Does anyone else have this problem? It breaks my heart to see him in pain like that!



 

User - posted on 03/17/2009

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Miralax is key- over the counter. I swear by it. My daughter has used it for over a year-- around 1 tsp mixed in w her chocolate milk. We never miss a dose because then her poop cycle will get all messed up. I could do a commercial for this product- it is great for kids and adults.- it is odorless, tasteless and non habit forming.

Michelle - posted on 03/17/2009

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Yes this is what my Dr. told me to give my son who has the same problem he gets Miralax  "Juice Booster" ( this is the name we gave it so he would drink it) once a day in a glass of juice. My son is a very picky eatter so it is hard to ge thim to eat most things that are good for him. It has been a very big help he would cry so bad and not really eat due to the pain he would get. Check with your pediatrician before you do somehthing htat could make the problem worse.

Katie - posted on 03/17/2009

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My daughter experienced severe constipation the entire time she was 3.  Her stomach hurt so badly she didn't even want to eat.  Cold applesauce (buy the natural kind, no extra sugar or cinnamon) and a prune (my daughter LOVES the Ones brand, she would thinks of them as candy!) would be the only thing she would eat and it always worked.  Now that she's 5 she can tell when it's coming on so she'll ask for a prune or if I notice she's complaining of a belly ache I will make my "special" pork chops/loin, where i cook it in nothing but apple juice and about 4 prunes.  Not only is it super good it helps her stomach almost instantly.

Nicola - posted on 03/17/2009

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hello,my eldest child was consipated as a newborn untill he was 1 year old,the longer the consitpation goes on the bowel gets lasy and needs to be retrained,he was on latoulose syrup in the end which you can get from your doctor which should help.nicola

Maria - posted on 03/17/2009

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Check his diet more closely, too much iron can cause constipation, I would start by looking for a different doctor though, too much sugar in the foods and lack of water maybe strong factors as well. I wouldn't recommend giving your child stool softeners, he's too young I would consult with a doctor first. 



 



Good luck.

Tammy - posted on 03/17/2009

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I am not just a mom but a paramedic also and my son was very sensitive to anything with Iron in it.  Constipation usually starts because of not enough water.  The pediatrician advised organic pear juice, it can be watered down if your worried about the sugar content.  Adjust accordingly after he "goes".  Good luck! 

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