I experienced one of the worse weeks ever a few months ago! Jocelyn had been constipated for four days! This is not the first time either. My daughter suffers from constipation quite a lot – It starts with her in her walker or whatever she is doing, and she just starts screaming as she tries to push her poo out – this then turns to sobs, and I take her in my arms and try to position her to push it out. I have twice brought her straight upstairs and took her cloth diaper off, and my heart broke when I saw how stretched her little bum was. The poo was half out and half in, and I had to get a baby wipe on my hand and feed the rest of the poo out. Her bum looks very red after this, and I feel so sorry for her.
I decided to do some research, and after reading thirty or so articles online, I think we finally have a handle on the poo-problem! Here’s what I found out during my research and what actually worked for us.
Our Pediatrician told us to purchase Movicol pediatric sachets, and I have to say I don’t know what we would have done without it. We had tried everything with her; anything I read about we would give it a try, and nothing seemed to work. Movicol has been a godsend!
What worked for me, may not work for you so let me share with you some of the information I have learned about over the past few months. Hopefully, my many hours of research will help you identify the cause of your poo problems and help solve them too!
Every toddler has his own schedule for bowel movements; he may have one after every feeding or wait a day or more between. It all depends on what he eats and drinks, and on his activity level. You should be attentive to the regularity of your toddler’s bowel movements, to pick up on eventual constipation.
The following are a couple of symptoms that might indicate Toddler Constipation:
Now that we’ve looked at how to identify possible constipation let’s have a peek at some possible causes for your toddlers’ poo problems. This will allow us to find a way to deal with this challenge and prevent it from happening again in the future.
The following are some possible causes of constipation in babies:
The very basic remedies for toddler constipation include improving your child’s diet like adding more fluids and fiber in his food. Fluids and fiber make the stool softer and easier to pass. Avoid foods that contribute more to constipation such as fatty food and milk products. Fruit juices are also excellent constipation remedies and have been proved quite effective in the long run. Grapes, apples, and pears are especially beneficial in easing out constipation. Diet for a constipated toddler should include vegetables like brown rice, cereal, granola, oatmeal, wheat bread which are a great source of fiber. While feeding oatmeal to your toddler, make sure that you are mixing it with sliced vegetables and fruits for adding more flavor. You may also add prunes since they are natural laxatives. There are also other foods that you can give a try like spinach and broccoli. High fiber foods like cereal and grains are equally good too. Conducting a quick internet research can give you a wealth of natural foods that help with easy bowel movement. Dietary supplements and natural remedies that can aid in preventing constipation include:
Another essential measure you need to take is to engage your toddler in physical activity which will keep him active and healthy throughout the day. If you can allow at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, then the bowels would become regular. You would also be enhancing your baby’s defenses by strengthening his immune system. In severe cases, if your child is suffering from acute constipation, then you may consult a pediatrician.
Researchers have claimed that on increasing the fiber intake in your kid’s diet can help you to get rid of your toddler’s constipation problems. Merely 12 grams of fiber intake on each day can prove to be the best laxative and supplement for constipation. It is also essential to understand that there are two types of fiber namely soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can absorb water for producing soft stools while insoluble fiber acts towards increasing the bulk of stool. Such kinds of fiber can be easily obtained from various plant foods that have been mentioned below.
The main cause of constipation is often the child’s diet. If a toddler is often constipated, It is best to make changes in their diet by giving them food that helps with constipation. Their young bodies are still too delicate, and it is often easy to upset their constitution. Luckily food that helps with constipation are often cheap and easily accessible.
One of the main food that helps with constipation is those that are rich in fluids like fruits and vegetables. The stool is largely composed of fluids, and the lack of water in the body would often lead to constipation. It is a good idea to start adding more fruits to your child’s diet to help prevent constipation.
Probably the best food that helps with constipation are the ones that are high in fiber. Fibers help promote good bowel movement not only for toddlers but adults as well. Fiber has a lot of positive benefits for the body. It helps children with their digestion and helps ease the pain. It also lowers the risk of constipation among children.
Milk is good for kids, but it is also one of the foods that cause constipation. It is best not to give them too much. The same is true for other dairy products like cheese and yogurt. Carrots and bananas are also seen as a cause of constipation and are to be avoided as well.
Dehydration is one of the major reasons that cause toddler constipation. Thus, if your kid isn’t taking in the adequate amount of fluids, the chances are that their stools may become quite dry and hard which would be difficult to pass. So working towards keeping your toddler well hydrated would definitely help in preventing constipation.
Another challenge faced by toddlers is low fiber intake. Without sufficient intake of fiber, your toddler has an increased chance of getting constipated all the time. Most favorite and common childhood foods such as milk, peanut butter, and cheese are known to be constipating. Encourage bulky fiber foods like whole grain, fresh vegetables, and wheat bread to help your toddler reduce risks of constipation. Other foods rich in fibrous content are prunes, pureed pears, and barley cereal.
Avoiding the urge to defecate is a common problem in toddlers which makes constipation problem even more worse. Kids are often busy playing and are not bothered to take out time of their busy schedule to go the toilet. It can really become a major issue if they are experiencing pain with bowel movements since kids may want to ignore the next urges for having bowel movements.
You need to make it a point that your toddler’s toilet time is comfortable and enjoyable. Regular use of natural laxatives can help your child to defecate regularly.
You need to make it a point that your toddler’s toilet time is comfortable and enjoyable. Use of laxatives can help your child to defecate regularly., however, these chemicals can be habit forming! I only use laxatives for when my child is chronically constipated! Laxatives for a chronically constipated toddler works in two prime ways:
Sometimes, toddlers require laxatives for a few weeks or months. Natural remedies have to be utilized as soon as you notice changes in your toddler’s stool and bowel movements. The best kinds of remedies for baby constipation other than the intake of fluids, fiber, and exercise include lifestyle and dietary changes. Natural remedies are quite simple and highly efficient. For toddlers below six months, it’s recommended to consult a pediatrician before introducing any medications or oral remedies. Work with your toddler’s pediatrician for ensuring that you have an effective management plan designed for your child by keeping in mind his health and food requirements.
Although the best ways of relieving constipation in your toddler are by finding the cause and countering it, there are a few general ways that can provide ease and relief to toddlers during constipation.
Suppositories for constipation are relatively simple to use and are very effective.
Prolonged bouts of constipation are hard on a toddler. It is often painful and highly uncomfortable for them. There are times that a simple change in the child’s diet does not seem to do the trick. In these cases, you might want to consider using suppositories for constipation.
Suppositories for constipation offer the advantage of quick relief that is also gentle on the child. They are generally safe to use on toddlers, and they are not that hard to administer. Unlike oral medication that is often difficult to give to a child, suppositories are rectal which should be relatively easier to administer.
The most common type is glycerin suppositories. These are considered safe to use on infants and toddlers. They work as stool softeners, they absorb fluids from surrounding tissues and allow easier passage of stool. They work fast, typically within a few minutes of being administered.
There are also other over the counter suppositories including ones that also have a laxative ingredient. It is best to consult with a physician before using other more powerful suppositories.
Most suppositories work by stimulating the rectal muscles to promote bowel movement. There are also other types of suppositories that contain ingredients that are meant to lubricate. These are meant to provide a smooth passageway for the stool so that they are easier to pass.
When using a suppository for constipation, make sure to use enough water-based lubricant. It is important to be as gentle as possible to make the experience as relatively comfortable for the young ones. It should be noted that suppositories should not be overused, the child might develop a dependence on suppositories for bowel movement if they are used too often.
Suppositories for constipation are a good way to relieve a toddler’s suffering. They are easy to administer and safe as long as they are not abused. It is also always best to consult with your doctor in cases of prolonged bouts of constipation, or before using suppositories for constipation.
Giving dark corn syrup (also known as Karo corn syrup) for baby and infant constipation has been a folk remedy for hundreds of years. Today, you will find different views from doctors and parents about its efficiency, but you might have to try different things and see what works best for your baby. We tried it, and it did “help” but only while we continued to give it to her. Seeing how I didn’t want to contribute to my daughter becoming a diabetic, continued use was not a route we wanted to take. Once we stop giving the Dark Karo to her, constipation came back. We then moved on to Movicol. Karo works faster than Movicol, so it’s worth a try if you’re desperate.
Dark corn syrup contains complex sugar proteins that help to keep water in the bowel movement, making the stool softer. This is how Karo works for constipation.
However, it is argued that today’s commercial preparation might not contain these type of chemical components.
Do not use the lighter versions of Karo syrup for infant constipation ( if you are using Karo syrup as a laxative – it won’t be useful at all)
You will hear many stories about parents using it in water or directly in the milk bottles. Both techniques are used.
Some doctors will tell you that is better to put the Karo syrup the milk. (formula of extracted breast milk)
The reason for this is the dark corn syrup has to be digested with the milk. The baby will absorb the sugar he needs from the milk and all the excess sugar will help produce a little “sugar diarrhea.”
Start with very little: one-quarter teaspoon to one teaspoon (1.25 to 5 mL) in EVERY formula bottle or expressed milk bottle. See how this goes, and you can adjust accordingly. It is possible that your baby will need this for a few weeks and even a few months. When the bowels are soft enough, you can slowly cut down on the Karo.
Some parents will use the Karo syrup only when needed, like once a week.
Movicol is a type of laxative. It should help to produce a comfortable bowel motion (poo) even if your child has been constipated for a long time. The aim of treatment is that your child produces soft stools (poo) regularly.
Movicol sachets and liquid contain macrogol (polyethylene glycol ‘3350’), which is a type of medicine known as an osmotic laxative. Movicol also contains sodium bicarbonate, sodium chloride, and potassium chloride
Yes, but it needs to be mixed in water first!
MOVICOL usually takes 1 to 2 days to trigger the first bowel movement.
Now for the legal crap! (no pun intended!): This article is not meant to treat or diagnose your problems! This is a recollection of what has happened to us and what worked to alleviate our poo problems. Consult with your pediatrician for treatment procedures. The only time to use over the counter drugs like suppositories are at the prescription of a licensed professional. When you’re trying to relieve constipation fast, never do anything that you are not sure about on a child’s delicate body, you might end up doing more harm than good.
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