M.B. asks from Fort Mill, SC on March 07, 2008
Looking for Advice - Fort Mill, SC
Does anyone have any suggestions for constipation in a 6-yr old. This is my first experience dealing with this.
So What Happened?™
He finally went late Friday night. He did tell me that two days before he didn't go when he had to. I used over-the counter Fletchers for Children. I figured that was best to get through this time because he does eat his fruits and vegetables regularly (luckily I don't have a picky eater). Thanks to you guys for all of the great advice.
S.G. answers from Raleigh on March 09, 2008
My daughter, who was 4 at the time, had this problem. Her pediatrician told me to put anywhere from 5-15ml of light Kayro (spelled right?) syrup in her juice in the morning...It had help regulate her. I was told to do this for 4 months and then stop.
K.P. answers from Raleigh on March 09, 2008
Hi, I have always had a trouble with consitpation as do my two youngest childern (5 months and 2 years). For my two year old, I cut up prunes and give them to her everyday (a six year old could just eat them). I also give her a chewable vitamin C tablet everyday. The combination really works for her. However, I will tell you that constipation tends to be a result of diet. I and both of my younger children have a milk intolerance which causes constipation. You may try a lactos free milk. Another thing I notice is if my 2 year old or myself eat breads or grains it cloggs us up as well. This is the case for many people. Milk products and grains are a culprit in consitpation and gas issues all the time, most just don't realize it. Try limiting these two items for a few weeks to see if it clears up before trying anything else. I will warn you, it's hard to limit them, which is why I resort to the prune and vita C method at times.
Good luck to you!
L.N. answers from Johnson City on March 08, 2008
You might try the new "ones" prunes. They are individually wrapped and are much sweeter than others I've bought. If you child could eat one daily it would help tremendously.
Hope it helps.
S.N. answers from Louisville on March 08, 2008
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S.F. answers from Charlotte on March 07, 2008
if all else fails, call your local pharmacist and ask the dose recommended of Milk Of Magnesia or Maalox for your child's weight. It's 100% safe, with no lasting side effects, and VERY gentle to the tummy!
K.D. answers from Knoxville on March 08, 2008
If you only need short-term relief, try corn syrup! It's cheap, natural, and gentle. My doctor originally said "dark corn syrup... a tablespoon or so a day" for infants, so it certainly wouldn't hurt to try a few tablespoons for an older child. It's like drinking sugar, so there's no fight.
J.D. answers from Parkersburg on March 09, 2008
Give the child apples for snack time, applesauce is also good (no sugar added). You can mix prune juice and unprocessed wheat bran with applesauce, equal amounts, and give him 2 T a day. Be sure he drinks adequate water.
K.W. answers from Chattanooga on March 08, 2008
M., I have a close friend, who's daughter, at the same age was having constipation. Her pediatrician gave her an over the counter remedy. It is the clear liquid that you can add to her juice or food and she won't even know it is there. I want to say Fiber All, regarless, it is the clear liquid. She has not had any problems since. I know she kept her on it a good week or until she became regular. Be safe and ask his doctor. Personally, doing away with sugar and adding more fiber works for my children and grandchildren.
K.R. answers from Johnson City on March 08, 2008
Good Evening, M.!
I ran into the same problem with my son at about age 6 also. He is getting ready to turn 8 next month. I talked with his pediatrician about the constipation problem and he told me that it was common for young children because they are too busy wanting to play to completely empty their bowels, therefore resulting in constipation. He recommended Miralax in powder form that you can mix with any drink. It has no taste to it and my son has not had any trouble drinking it. The Dr. said it is perfectly safe to take daily. It has really helped and he also said to make sure they sit on the toilet and "finish" their business. It's important to talk with him about it and try to make him understand. But just to be on the safe side, talk with your pediatrician about your son and make sure he o.k's it. He may have some other suggestions, but as I said, the miralax works very well and doesn't cause cramping. I hope this helps you out and good luck! K.
C.T. answers from Louisville on March 10, 2008
Not being one to jump on medication, I highly recommend Miralax. It is a powder that dissolves in a drink, no taste, no texture and it isn't uncomfortable. I made sure by trying it myself...no bloating, gas or grumblies. My daughter has had constipation trouble since she was potty trained and she is now 6 1/2 years. Her new pediatrician says it's her favorite since it has no side effects. Her other pediatrician recommended sitting on the potty every night about a half hour after dinner. When you build a routine the body will be ready to go every night about that same time - like a clock. Good luck!
M.B. answers from Parkersburg on March 10, 2008
I too have a 6 yr old boy with major constipation issues. After an x-ray showing a fecal impaction, we tried 4 doses of Milk of Mag., a whole bottle of mag citrate, a gallon of Go-lytely(Yuck,poor kid), and an enema and rectal stimulation-all over a course of 6 days. Would you believe the kid still did not go! We go to a childrens hospital next weeek to see a pediatric gastroenterologist to determine the cause. Also, he has taken Miralax in the past without much success. It did however work last year, but I think this time, the retained stool is so hard nothing will work. The poor thing has gone 7 times since Feb 1st, but the specialist can't get him in any sooner. I will let you know what they say next week after his appt. and give you any tips or advice they give me. Good luck. Being a nurse with prior surgical experience, I know the hazards of chronic constipation and hope we can get this fixed. I pray the same for your son.