J.G. asks from Santee, CA on June 06, 2008
Constipation :( - Santee,CA
My friend takes care of her neice but doesnt have legal guardianship and the baby's dad wont get her health insurance so its hard to get her in to the dr. but here's the issue. She is 2 yrs old and absolutely can not poop without the help of an enema. My friend doesnt like to give them all the time b/c they have a risk of dependency. What can she do?? it is so sad to see that poor baby in pain all the time!
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone for all of your advice. My friend has re-evaluated the baby's diet and has made some changes, we're hopeful that she will be feeling better soon :)
M.W. answers from Los Angeles on June 10, 2008
Flax seed, buy some at the health store, grind them up in a coffe grinder and mix in with all the food, within a couple of days it should get things going. But remember , you will need to grind them
A.Y. answers from Los Angeles on June 08, 2008
Give her pitted fruits, peaches, plums, apricots... several times a day. There's an enzyme that helps. And, lots of water, cut back a bit on the dairy and research what other foods she's eating that are clogging foods. My dr. gave me this stuff to mix in with my son's drinks when his pooper was really having trouble. I think it's called glycolax.
S.G. answers from Los Angeles on June 07, 2008
Try flax meal, it works well with my kids. They sell it at most grocery stores (in the health food isle) or try Trader Joe's. Also, fresh pears seem to get things going.
J.D. answers from Reno on June 07, 2008
I would NEVER give a baby an enema without the advice of a doctor first. Tell your friend to mix 1/3 prune juice, 1/3 apple juice and 1/3 water in a sippy cup and give it to her niece once a day. It works wonders on my baby who has pooping problems.
N.B. answers from Reno on June 07, 2008
Diet?? Fiber..... I would try natural BM motivators. There is an herbal tea called Smooth Move that is available. Very small doses for someone so young........... prune juice always seems to work with my kids. What a difficult situation. Oatmeal is high in fiber. Sorry, u may have tried all of this?!!
K.R. answers from Santa Barbara on June 07, 2008
Hi J., what foods have been tried? Prunes etc? Is the baby on formula or dairy? If so, it is constipating her, it needs to be eliminated.
Another important avenue is the child needs some probiotics. At the healthfood store, there are probiotics that are very similar to yogurt, Bio K, feed that to her a couple of times a day until the situation resolves. Then back it down to once a day. She may balance out again and not need the ongoing addition. It could be the flora of her digestive system in disruption.
S.O. answers from San Diego on June 07, 2008
Definitely increase her veggies and fruits and whole grain fibers. I would also give her acidophilus on a regular basis. I give it to my kids at least 3 times a week. We use Udo's Choice Infants Probiotics. It's a powder that I mix in with their milk or juice. Probiotics help to maintain the healthy organisms in the body which keep the digestive system running smoothly.
She might also want to consider cutting down on dairy, other than yogurt and a little milk as dairy is a big constipator. So are bananas. If my kids eat more than one banana every other day they get constipated with hard stools.
Also artificial sweeteners can constipate, so stay away from those too.
I also give my kids 8 ounces of diluted pomegranate juice every so often. Within the hour they have to go. Works better than prune juice.
And of course, lots of water to keep things flowing (I usually dilute their juice with 50% water).
C.K. answers from San Diego on June 07, 2008
I had this problem with my kids too.
A few days of 1-3 tbsp of mineral oil, gets things moving. Don't use it regularly because it depletes the body of essential fats.
My pediatrician actually recommended a tablespoon a day of pure corn syrup. It didn't help enough, so I resorted to mineral oil, which my mom used on my younger sister.
See what works for you.
D.L. answers from San Diego on June 07, 2008
The homeopathic remedy Nat Mur in 30c is helpful for this. She can pick it up at Whole Foods or any other health food store. Henry's has it for $5.99.
J.C. answers from San Diego on June 07, 2008
My pediatrician recommended dark Karo syrup 1-2 tsp. mixed in with beverage. You do this about every 3rd day, if the child has no BM before that. It really worked well for us.
D.D. answers from Los Angeles on June 07, 2008
She might be alergic to dairy. You may have thought of that already, but my 4 year old daughter has to have lactaid milk. If she is feeling constipated, we give her apple juice or have her eat some fruit. Medications can sometimes make things worse. Good Luck!