T.R. asks from Surprise, AZ on February 11, 2010
Constipation ? - Surprise,AZ
My 16 mo old daughter has recently just had and is now experiencing once again what her dr believes is constipation. Very routinely (about every 15/20 mins) She will tense up and inhale very strangely as if in pain. Every time she does this she has very small amounts of anal leakage, not even enough to mess her diaper but enough to cause her pain. I can't think of any changes to her diet that would be causing this, last time we had to give her a supository for her to go, but I hate for her to become dependant and she just went normal yesterday. Any ideas, help or similar situations would be very helpful. I hate to see my angel in pain and don't know what else to do to help her.
E.I. answers from Duluth on February 11, 2010
no no on the karo syrup: unless you dont mind giving your kid pure chemical sugar. i konw some people swear by it, but i would rather do the healthier choice.
prune juice is a good one.
but the key with constipation is to avoid processed foods/cheese/white bread misc and add more fiber to her diet. with more fiber, make sure she gets more water. fiber isnt digested, but it absorbs water; the more fiber/water in the stool the softer it is. one CAN go too far...
milled flax seed is a very easy addition to diet to add fiber. you should be able to find it in any grocery store. just sprinkle a teaspoon or so on pretty much anything... cereal, sandwiches, yogurt is a very good one, pretty much anything. its tasteless, though it might add a little texture. again, paired with water, this could be a great, easy solution.
but long term, concentrate on making sure you get lots of fruits and veggies and less meats and misc. i highly recommend choosing bread that has WHOLE grain/wheat as the first ingredient, and high fructose corn syrup is NOT listed (or down the list past the first 3-5 ingredients.) yes, it is more expensive, but i found that when i eat whole grain bread, i dont feel so stinking starving as when i ate white bread. man, that gave me a stomach ache for more food because basically, its sugar bread. its crazy.
anyway, ive probably drowned you with enough info. i guarantee adding fruits should help, and adding milled flax to things should too. less juice and more water (though, again, prune juice is good).
prunes are better :P the fruit. you know ?
J.P. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2010
My daughter had similar issues. For her, what really helped was giving her warm (diluted with water 1/2 and 1/2) prune juice. Warm prune juice works a lot better than does cold prune juice. Also, when we added meat to her diet her issues improved. Another source of trouble for your daughter could possibly be allergies. First I would try eliminating dairy products to see if this helps. If not, I'd try other foods to see if you can find what is causing her troubles. Also, keep in mind that peas and bannanas both are constipating. (The doctor had me limit my daughters intake of those when we were having constipation issues.) I hope your daughter gets some relief from her troubles soon.
J. Powers / Author
The Truly Grain Free Cookbook; Beet and Cane Sugar Free Too!
ISBN #: 1-60563-263-5
P.R. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2010
fiber rich food can help relieve constipation, give her lot of juices. even my daughter has the same issue, fruits like pears & prunes help a lot.... you will even see results immediately, even raisins helps.... try them
D.W. answers from Phoenix on February 11, 2010
I essence, Ericka has it already all covered.
I just wanted to add that when my then-2-year old daughter had those issues, I cut back on her milk, offered diluted apple juice and also the applesauce mixed with prunes that is being sold as baby food, I believe it is a stage 2 food. But in essence it is apple sauce +prunes, in case she does not care for the prune juice. There is also a baby food that is just prunes, that you could add to yoghurt or other fruits that she likes.
Good luck with this!
B.G. answers from Tucson on February 12, 2010
Ask your Dr. about introducing whole plant aloe vera juice..... I prefer Lilly of the Desert brand....Aloe is a natural laxative and packed full of amino acids, B vitamins, etc.. good for Mommies too! Also consider probiotics....Good Belly is an excellent brand, somewhat pricey but effective in a sweet liquid form. You do not mention what formula/foods your child is ingesting, nor how much hydration she receives. I always recommend taking your fussy ones to a talented Cranio Sacral Therapist as the Vagus nerve often times is compromised from birthing and this is THE innervation to the digestive organs. www.upledger.com lists practitioners. A good pediatric Naturopath can really offer sound Alternative choices and treatments....
sometimes Mommies..... think outside the box.....and question traditional approaches and vaccinations......our children are our future.
B. Gettel OTR/L CHT CCH
Eclectic Body Work
S.G. answers from Washington DC on February 11, 2010
I would suggest putting a littl bit of karo syrup in her milk. This will help her have a bowel movement with ease. If that doesen't work I would try a half spoon of prune juice! God bless you!!!!
R.T. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2010
What worked with my boy, as we had issues for awhile, is something a lady who had 5 kids told me about and it worked for all her kids - Naked Juice Green Machine. He's doing better now, but if he starts having a hard time, I give him 4 oz or so of it (he's 3 now, and I dilute it a bit). But, we even weaned him with this because he had trouble for so long. You can give an appropriate amount - start with 2-4 oz. and see what happens.
Also, we use flaxseed meal - like a teaspoon or so in his oatmeal. A friend of mine gave her baby straight pureed prunes, but that didn't seem to work much for us. We even tried Miralax once (over-the counter), as our pediatrician suggested. You can only use it for a week, though, and it's a drug, so that is one of the very last choices for us.
Hope that helps.
D.P. answers from Phoenix on February 12, 2010
I second the NO karo syrup.. there are other options. Aloe juice, digestive enzymes, vitamin c, flax ( ground), probiotics.....do look at wheat and dairy as a big reason. So many people have this but do not have any idea.
NO on miralax too....we tried it and it caused my daughter so much pain even to this day the doctors do not believe it did...but as soon as she was off it she was happy again.
No apple juice..do white grape and yes dilute it. White grape is better for them and easier to digest. We do not give apple even to our 8 year old.
Try narrowing down the smaller issues, then go bigger such as vaccine reactions , food allergies etc. There little immune systems get a pounding and it is up to us to figure out what is not good for their little bodies.
It takes time but with some of those suggestions at least you will give her some freedom from pain as you "parent" find out what is the underlying problem. Most of the time it is "parent " who figures that out:)
YOu will figure it out... :)