Need help for 3 year old with severe constipation

Jenette - posted on 11/21/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My 3 year old son has been having problems with bowel movements for quite some time. He will go 7-10 days without one, and when he does it is very large, hard and painful. I tried Fletcher's laxative for kids and Miralax, but all they do is cause him to have "wet farts" non stop for days before he finally has a bowel movement. By that time he has been changed so many times his poor bum is red and raw, and the bowel movement is large and hard anyway. This is also causing problems with potty training, as he is scared to death to poop so throwing the toilet in the mix is out of the question. I've spoken with a pediatrician and know he needs fiber, fruit, etc., but for the life of me I can't get the kid to eat half of the time. Any suggestions, cheats, anything?


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Ez - posted on 11/22/2011




Constipation can be very serious, and very hard to treat in young children. I have been on this particular rollercoaster with my almost 3yo since March. We have tried every laxative on the market, every diet change, increased fluids etc. None of it worked because after the first few painful bowel movements she started to hold it in. We finally saw a specialist who prescribed an osmotic laxative called Osmolax. It has been the only one that works.

I would recommend going back to the doctor. If it goes on for an extended period of time they can end up with all sorts of secondary problems. It is a long and frustrating process, I know, but it you need to be proactive in dealing with it. Good luck.

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What does he eat when he does eat?

"P" foods are good: prunes, pears, peaches...

Diluted prune juice is good, also you can try sprinkling wheat/oat bran in his food (like yogurt), ground flax is also good.

Also just WATER. No amount of fiber will help without enough water.

Tamara - posted on 11/22/2011




one way I got mine to eat more fiber was to get all bran and make chocolate chip cookies out of it, two cookies a is a just under a dose for a toddler, I have the recipe around here Ill find it for you if you want it.

I would see if he is lactose intolerant or have any other digestive issues.

Stifler's - posted on 11/21/2011




I get those pureed fruits in a tube. My son thinks it's lollies and seriously fun. I also feed him water in a syringe on a hot day to prevent dehydration he thinks that's fun too, water helps with constipation.

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