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Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 7:27 am
My DC is turning 3. Over a year ago I took her to a GI with stomach bloating, constipation, terrible gas. We have celiac in the family and I wanted to make sure she was tested. The GI told us that she doesnt have allergies bh but that she has a pretty severe case of constipation. He gave me a diet to follow. No dairy, low carb. High fiber and protein. My life was turned upside down trying to keep a 20 month old on this diet. I was cooking special for her, trying to make her food as appetizing as possible and she was refusing to eat most of what I made her. It was a big cause of stress for 4-5 weeks. I was venting to my mom who told me to take her to the pediatrician and tell him whats going on. The pediatrician told me to return to her old diet and give her a dose of miralax daily. It was a huge relief. Peace was restored in the house! But now it's been a year of her on miralax. We cant even skip a day or shes backed up. Id love to know how and when were going to get out of the viscous cycle! She eats yogurt for breakfast, a sandwhich for lunch, and the family dinners which are a protein starch and veggie. Shes not great about the veggies at dinner but she does eat fruit. Bananas, grapes, etc. Yes I realize all the foods I just listed arent helping her stomach but shes happy and eating relatively balanced meals and I dont have it in me to fight more than that!
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amother




Brown


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:15 am
Not the same but I have to take a daily stool softener myself for maintence. I can’t skip a single day. That’s just me.
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amother




Pink


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:17 am
amother [ Brown ] wrote:
Not the same but I have to take a daily stool softener myself for maintence. I can’t skip a single day. That’s just me.


Does it work? What kind?
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little neshamala




 
 
 


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:19 am
Ive got a toddler like that. He gets senna daily, but we still need to help out with foods to help him go.
Best foods that get him moving are ripe pears, peaches (we give the canned peaches and fruit cups in their own juice), and prunes.
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amother




Aqua


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:20 am
When me DD was little she was always constipated. She took mirelax for afew months till it got better.
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amother




Khaki


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:21 am
Was she feeling better when she was on the diet? If yes, I would try to incorporate as many of those things in her reg. diet.
High fiber, fruits and veggies.
You can get mini packs of prunes. My kids love love them as a snack and they really help.
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SingALong




 
 
 


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:31 am
My kids are on mirilax for years. And one son drinks a cup of pear juice daily as recommended by the gi specialist I took him too. Yeah he also rec the low carb, tons of fruits and veggies but ds is a super picky eater, it wouldn’t work. Lives on bread, pasta and pizza. Once they get older and learn to go more frequently to the bathroom independently we gradually reduce the mirilax
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miami85




 
 
 


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 9:37 am
When I was having issues with my toddlers (2 boys 18 months apart) I was not impressed with the GI solutions of Miralax, Exlax etc, and they were picky enough eaters I didn't/couldn't mess with their diet. And they ate plenty of fruits and vegetables and were only eating whole wheat bread at the time. I discovered Constipation Ease by Mommy's bliss and it made a WORLD of difference. No more medicine, no more explosive #2s in their diapers, no more cranky toddlers from the cramps. I had happy, toilet trained toddlers within 6 months. I put the dose in their milk and they drank it no problem. It took a while before I weaned them off entirely--mostly out of caution, but right now they are on no laxatives and go regularly.
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amother




Saddlebrown


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 10:11 am
Maybe instead of regular yogurt, give her Activia yogurt (I dunno if it's kosher, ive just seen the ads/commercials. So if it's not then try to get a kosher version).
Instead of regular sandwich, try high fiber bread.
Give lots of fruit for snack.
Prune juice in her sippy cup instead of orange juice.
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amother




Emerald


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 10:24 am
little neshamala wrote:
Ive got a toddler like that. He gets senna daily, but we still need to help out with foods to help him go.
Best foods that get him moving are ripe pears, peaches (we give the canned peaches and fruit cups in their own juice), and prunes.


FYI, my GI said senna can really break down the walls of the colon. He’s a surgeon and he can tell which patients take it. I stopped immediately...

My daughter was on exlax- it’s a piece of chocolate for a long time, finally cleared her out and moved onto a fiber powder that has been working.. with a very constipated child you will need kore than a change of diet...
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amother




Copper


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 10:29 am
We had a very similar situation and were finally able to get off daily miralax by taking my child off all dairy.
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amother




Purple


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 10:45 am
Senna x safe take daily only emergencies...
My baby is a living miracle-from when she’s born bh!!!
Drs has NOTHING to offer for steady solutions..
Baby would skip 2-3 weeks -no kidding!woth zero ball movements-poor poor shefela would throw herself from pain-banging her head& then stiff legs try to get pamper...we’ve tried almost EVERYTHING!even warm enema..n/t worked:(
Went to natural way &BARUCH HASHEM,he worked on her -x sure what ,cranial & other stuff,& gave us cleansing herb protocols...baby had parasites!& she’s still now on clean diet
....colitis runs in our family.....
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amother




Purple


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 10:46 am
Frgt. To mention-she’s now 1-1/2& s didn’t go bh to natural dr over a month bh which is great great progress bh-also taking flaxseed oil & probiotics but no herbs
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amother




Coral


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 10:52 am
I wouldnt want my child (esp such a young one) on medication U never know the ramifications of. Medication esp long term is never good for anyone. I use a natural thing called "constipation care" it's also a colon cleanser, it cleans out the entire inner system without harmful medicine. U can use it daily. It really helps, I use it any time my kids (or myself) dont feel well also, it washes out all germs and bacteria that r trying to leave the body through strep, cold, flu etc.... my daughter stopped having step symptoms in 1 day and just a few doses.
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amother




Purple


Post  Fri, Nov 01 2019, 11:42 am
Frgt. To mention-she’s now 1-1/2& s didn’t go bh to natural dr over a month bh which is great great progress bh-also taking flaxseed oil & probiotics but no herbs
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Teomima




 
 
 


Post  Sat, Nov 02 2019, 2:26 pm
My daughter has struggled with constipation for years. I give her a fiber supplement as needed and that helps keep her regular, but I notice her hydration level also has a lot to do with it. This may seem obvious but just in case it isn't, make sure your child is drinking plenty of water. And by plenty I mean LOTS. She also eats a lot of granola and apples so that natural fiber helps as well.
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amother




Taupe


Post  Sat, Nov 02 2019, 4:44 pm
My daughter was so constipated when she was very small that she developed a condition where she vomited with alarming frequency and all kinds of other unpleasant stuff. We had to give her normalax for a long while but we also learned tons about what works food-wise and honestly the information has been invaluable for others in the family, too.
This isn't just anecdotal mom stuff, either, it was working with the pediatric gastroenterologists at Hadassah Ein Karem. We did start by changing everything about her diet but that didn't work for us either because it just wasn't sustainable long-term.

So what eventually worked for us b"H was along these lines. Melon or watermelon for breakfast as often as feasible. Salad for lunch. At least start lunch with a big salad or put a large side salad with it. Dinner whatever everyone else is having, but make sure to include a veggie. If she has a banana or apple try to give her a non-constipating fruit or two that same day. If she'll tolerate it, whole-grain bread instead of white. And she should have a water bottle with her all the time. They're not such hard changes to make, healthy for everyone, and if you all make the changes instead of just her being on a special diet it'll be easier for her, too.
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amother




Purple


Post  Sat, Nov 02 2019, 7:04 pm
Beets watermelon flaxseed (for some quinoa)grapes pears are all great to give
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amother




Lawngreen


Post  Sat, Nov 02 2019, 7:24 pm
This sounds like a motility issue. You need to address this at the root.
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rachel6543




 
 
 


Post  Sat, Nov 02 2019, 7:32 pm
If you’re not already, you should ask your pediatrician if taking a probiotic may help.
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