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Toddler bowel problems

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  • Posted By: gbeken
  • March 15, 2008
  • 05:45 PM

My daughter is 27 months. Since age 1 she has had severe constipation. The doctor tells us to give her fruit and vegetables. When she does choose to eat, this is all she eats. She is still struggling with constipation. She refuses to eat or drink anything until she has a bowel movement. She does not let us help her and when she pushes she tenses up and straightens her legs and tucks her butt in. Therefore not letting anything come out. We don't know what to do. The doctor says it's normal. When she does pass a bowel movement, sometimes they are as hard as rocks and they are the size of her fist or a little larger. We can't even sit her on the potty without her putting up a fight. Please somebody help

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  • One of my granddaughter's has this problem. Her parents were told to limit the carbs as they were causing constipation, especially breads, and it seems to help. Your doctor wants your daughter to have more fiber. Be sure you are giving her high fiber foods. Some fruits and vegetables and breads are not high in fiber. And when you increase her fiber, you must increase her water also. (Example: Instead of white rice, use brown rice, etc.) Here is a link to fiber content in foods, but be sure and read labels too:http://www.wehealny.org/healthinfo/dietaryfiber/fibercontentchart.htmlThere have been times when my granddaughter's parents had to put her in a warm bath, and when she would relax, she would have a BM in the tub. So I have to wonder if the story below is beginning to apply:I remember years ago my nephew was constantly constipated. He did not like to pass a BM because it hurt. This became more of a mental issue because he associated having a BM with pain. Therefore, he would hold it in until he could no longer stand it. But again, pain passing a large BM. I have heard this is not uncommon. Perhaps this is what your pediatrician means when they say normal.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • I suggest getting a good quality chewable or liquid PROBIOTIC to help with your toddler's constipation. A probiotic is helpful for improving bowel function. Yogurt is not enough, and if she has a dairy intolerance, then this would make things worse. Dairy intolerance can cause chronic constipation. So can wheat/gluten/corn/soy. Was she breast or bottle fed? Did you introduce cow's milk near the age of one? If so, then I highly suspect dairy to be causing or contributing to this problem. Switch to rice milk or try goat's milk and cut out cheese and other dairy products for one month and see if her symptoms improve. There is a technique called NAET - Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques. It is noninvasive, and very helpful for diagnosing and clearing an allergy. Please look into this - it is fantastic. Another idea is to look into homeopathy. Hyland's homeopathic remedies are very safe and effective. I have used them on my kids since they were babies, now ages 3 and 5. Rescue remedy is a Bach flower remedy that can help her if she is scared and stressed with using the toilet. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi how about some natural laxatives that will help her get past the fear and pain of consitipation. things like prune juice is fantastic. make a fruit smootie with kiwifruit which works very well. slppery elm is fantastic as a very natural and smooth laxative that is also fantastic for the tummy put it into a smoothie as well. lots of probiotics, aloe vera juice helps to clean out the bowel as well. oh and xylitol which is a sugar substitute will difinalty work!!!!! it feeds the good bacteria as well but it can have a laxative effect, get it from a health food shop and use like sugar. tastes yummy too and its not an artificail sweetener its from fruit... better still go and see a natropath who will have liquid herbs that will help her naturallly. nessie
    nessie01 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi how about some natural laxatives that will help her get past the fear and pain of consitipation. things like prune juice is fantastic. make a fruit smootie with kiwifruit which works very well. slppery elm is fantastic as a very natural and smooth laxative that is also fantastic for the tummy put it into a smoothie as well. lots of probiotics, aloe vera juice helps to clean out the bowel as well. oh and xylitol which is a sugar substitute will difinalty work!!!!! it feeds the good bacteria as well but it can have a laxative effect, get it from a health food shop and use like sugar. tastes yummy too and its not an artificail sweetener its from fruit... better still go and see a natropath who will have liquid herbs that will help her naturallly. nessie Yes, good advice above!DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • My 3 year old has the exact same problem. His Dr. put him on Mirlax which you can now get over the counter and it has worked wounderful. He has been on it for going on 2 years it is not a stimulant it just makes it softer and easir to go. You can also try Benefiber mix it with their favorite drink and it also helps. We tried the prune juice and high fiber diet didn't work. Anyway this is what worked for us and just thought I would add my two cents.
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  • My daughter HAD the same problem we have a great dietitian for her. you must watch what you give with the fruit and veggies. I was told anything with the letter "P" like pears peaches plums prunes etc. The one thing i did find that worked for me was pear juice not diluted. Hope this helps.
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  • hey my daughter emily has been suffering from constipation ever since she started eating solid foods as a baby...he is now 5 weighing at 33 pds...i personally dont think thats normal but thats a diffrent topic.i just found this new cool thing called Buddy Bear ProBiotic its a chewable probiatic for kids and it really helps my daughter .it made her go regulary every other day on the clock.and the consistancy is perfect .when she was constipated i used laxatives and it didnt help much or it helped too much and gave her diarhea.there are also straws that contain probiotics by Biogaia...her pediatrician gave a few samples but i read it only has Lactobacillus reuteri of 100 million whereas the buddy bear has 2 more ingreinds(too long to write down) a total of 1 billion..which i think is great.so :buddy bear , biogaia , and milk with straws attached containg probiotic.hope this helps...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2011
    • 09:50 PM
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  • My daughter had the exact same thing (and by the way, she did get over it): Because she is holding her stools and not having a bowel movement regularly, they get hard. This can go on for a few days until they have no choice but to pass the stool. At this point, it's hard, and it probably tears her **m a bit when it comes out. It causes a fissure and you have likely noticed some blood on the surface of the stool. This obviously hurts and reinforces the fact that it hurts to poop! And the cycle continues. We gave our daughter as much water as we could, tried to limit carbs, she ate a lot of oranges and fruit. Anything to loosen the stool. They then became a bit softer and finally she got over her fear because she had a few poops that weren't so painful. I believe I also applied vaseline to her **m sometimes beforehand so that a tear may not happen. All I can say is that when it was happening, we were really worried. I wouldn't try and force her onto the potty. It makes them more stressed. Worst case scenario - she has an accident... at least she will have a bowel movement.
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