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Old 05-16-2006, 07:59 PM   #1
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Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

Okay, DON'T read this if this is a gross topic for you . . .

My daughter has an extreme constipation problem, and I am looking for ideas to help her. She will hold in her bm until it gets huge and hard and dry because she thinks it's going to hurt, and then it DOES end up hurting, because she held it in so long! She will get REALLY cranky and walk sort-of funny and tell me her bottom hurts.

We talked about it to the pediatrician the last 2 times and she recommended a daily laxative (a children's vegetable-based one) for her for a few months, and then to start trying to wean her off the laxative. She's had the laxative for about 4 months now, but we are having a really hard time weaning her off the laxative. We gave her a stool softener once, and that worked quite well, but they are very bitter tasting, and she refuses to eat it again.

Things that do sometimes help: hot baths, increased physical activity, bending her legs when I see her straining, water with dishsoap in it (I do NOT feed this to her, but the girls "help" me do the dishes and they drink the water, despite ALL of my efforts to the contrary!), and greasy food

I have increased her fiber and fluids to the point that she ate practically nothing but vegetables and fruit for about a month, and I saw no noticable difference.

The weird thing is, she has an identical twin sister who eats exactly the same foods as she does, with no problems like this at all.

So, sorry this is so long, but I am really looking for some gentle answers for her problem. I'm hoping to solve this problem myself to avoid increased medical intervention.

Any ideas?
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Old 05-16-2006, 08:03 PM   #2
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

We have this problem in our house too. Definately increase fiber....add prunes and pears and prune and pear juice, stay away from binding things like bananas, applesauce, chocolate (choc. milk) rice and toast. Milk can be binding too. Add lots of water to the diet. We also add Karo Syrup (clear) to milk...this seems to help a little too. The doctor told us to add it rather than laxatives which can become addicting.
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

My kiddo has this problem and our doc. said absolutely NO laxitives, because your body gets used to needing it and won't work on it's own. He said a little sprite and prune juice, or prunes. There is also prune sauce in the baby food section. Tastes like apple sauce, or you could mix with applesauce too. Lots of water like already suggested and tons of fruits, veggies and introduce fiber slowly. Flax seed added to baked goods or on yogurt helps too. That makes me go big time.
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

My son had this problem as well, he would sit and cry on the toilet. We used prune juice and some times had to use a sapasitory (not quite sure on my spelling). Hope it gets better for your little one. GL
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

When DS has this trouble I give him a little juice or raisins... DS always poops when he eats raisins.
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

My ds has had this same problem for two years and no pedi really took us seriously until a few months ago. We are working on altering his diet; but have ended up using a laxitive too. Now we go from hard as a rock to can't hold it in, we just want a happy medium; but can't seem to find it. We are trying cutting dairy from his diet and maybe even wheat. One thing to avoid is too much fiber. If you use too much fiber without significantly upping the water then the fiber has the OPPOSITE effect, we learned this the HARD WAY, no pun intended.
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

I know I'm late to jump in on this thread, but had to add another alternative. My oldest two are currently going through this phase and it's horrible. For both of them it hasn't been a dietary issue, it's been a control issue. They don't want to poop, they withhold for days, then get painful BMS and fissures. My DS has had the worst, where he hasn't gone, even with Miralax and an enema for nearly two weeks. It was awful. Things are getting much better though.

I took both kids off the Miralax. It wouldn't work for a while, then they'd get horrible diahrea (sp?) for a week. I finally found something that works. A naturopath suggested it.

Give your child a daily dose of mineral oil. You basically want to make the stool so slippery that they literally CAN'T hold it in. Start with one tsp. at bedtime (don't give it during a meal, or it will attach to good nutrients and expel them too) then increase or decrease until you find the correct dose. You'll know you've found the correct dose when you see oil floating in the water after they've had a BM in the toilet. Decrease the dose until it's just enough to get this result.

You do need to be careful though. If your DC doesn't like the mineral oil, which they probably won't, try to mix it in with some juice or something. If they fight you and cough on it, it can be dangerous. If they asparate on it, it can lead to infections.

I hope this helps. Once the oil kicks in, keep them on it for several months (don't cut it too short) until they're no longer afraid of having the BMs.

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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

I havent read the other posts so i dont know if this has already been said but try Milk Of Magnesia the stuff is great for kids and works like a champ!

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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

you should chek into why she has this problem and her twin sis that eats the same thing doesnt
i think there is something else if youhave done everything possible
just sounds wierd imo
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i dunno if youwant to give her soy though wit h the estrogen? what about fortified OJ? that is what david drinks, maybe the one with pulp, would she like that??

eta oops david has calcium supplementes, gummy vites makes ca supplements, they yummy
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Re: Extreme Constipation in Two-Year-Old - Ideas?

Haven't read responses...

On the Colon Cleanse thread, someone recommended Dr Schulze intestinal formula #3 for kids. I checked it out on that website and a couple others, and it supposedly works very well, and is safe even for babies.
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