Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 23
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Woodstock
    Posts
    115
    Rep Power
    29

    Default Constipation - looking for a natural solution

    My little one has a real hard time when she poops. I watch her diet carefully. She eats allot of fruits and veggies and lately I decreased her milk intake and replaced it with water. Still, last night she cried when she went.
    What specific food should I stay away from?

    Everyday I give her foods that should "move" things along.
    Please let me know what has worked for you. I really don't want to give her any meds. I'm looking for something safe she could have every day (I guess).
    She's 19 months old.

    Help! I'm out of ideas.

    Joelle


  2. #2
    Expert Forum User The Ultimate London Mom!
    3littlepiggies's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    moving back into the east end :D
    Posts
    14,948
    Rep Power
    681

    Default

    Joelle have you tried the prune and apple jucie? I know that works for Benjamin, its in the baby area. Its a small jar and you can either give to her like that or add water to help it alone! It works for Benjamin i know that every child is different but i would try that!

    Good luck keep us posted! I hope she goes better without the pain!
    Tiffany
    Mom to Ben, Jonathan and Zachary


  3. #3
    Senior Member Fly Momma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,130
    Rep Power
    72

    Default

    Almost every day as a "special snack" I give Des a little bowl of dried cereal. All bran has come out with a cereal called Guardian. It's in the shape of o's and hearts and tastes like maple/brown sugar. It has psyllium fibre in it. Since starting to do that Des's stool is no longer hard, it's worked well.
    Mom to the Desmanian Devil ( May 05 )

  4. #4
    Junior Member shanvan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    West of London
    Posts
    550
    Rep Power
    49

    Default

    Apricots and prunes both work well, but not the jar baby food stuff, the ones you find with the rasins. You could also try a teaspoon of mineral oil everyday or yogurt with probiotics (sp)

    Good luck
    Mommy to Hannah & Lily


  5. #5
    Expert Forum User Horvyboysmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    I don't know but if you find me can you send me home???
    Posts
    2,900
    Rep Power
    144

    Default

    I have come to the point that I have to use meds and he still holds it in. It is getting frustrating. Not even supps work or anything. I am at my witt's end. So, I can't help you.

  6. #6
    Expert Forum User
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North East
    Posts
    3,029
    Rep Power
    146

    Default

    I give DD lots of prunes - she still eats the baby stuff and try to avoid bananas. I was suprised to find that fruit could bind her up - but it does!
    I am going to try that Guardian cereal... I think she would like that!

  7. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Woodstock
    Posts
    115
    Rep Power
    29

    Default

    I bought the cereal today!
    I give her lots of prune juice and apple juice but I'll also add just prunes.
    Gosh I hope she'll eat it.


    Thanks for all the replies...let's hope I'll have something good to report next week.

    Joelle


  8. #8
    Senior Member Fly Momma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,130
    Rep Power
    72

    Default

    Hope it works for her
    Mom to the Desmanian Devil ( May 05 )

  9. #9
    Senior Member Greenwaves's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    1,756
    Rep Power
    102

    Default

    My daughter was on high calorie soya formula...I found that mixing prune juice in with her milk/formula helped with getting her to take it, I did about 5-10 ml in each bottle...4x a day.

    April 14, 2001-May 05, 2001
    April 29, 2015

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    250
    Rep Power
    35

    Default

    My son did better with pear juice....just eating pears helped too. It is gentler on the stomach than prune juice.

  11. #11
    Expert Forum User
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North East
    Posts
    3,029
    Rep Power
    146

    Default

    I bought Guardian cereal today... let the pooping begin!

  12. #12
    Expert Forum User

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    London
    Posts
    5,129
    Rep Power
    295

    Default

    I remember when Kristen was really little she was screaming from being in pain one day with constipation. What we did was give her a dish of Allen's sweetened (homestyle) applesause and it really worked. Her little body wasn't used to having the additive of any sugary products, so I believe this was the key. We still use it now and she's 4 and a half. Good luck! Hope this helps.

  13. #13
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Just outside of London
    Posts
    759
    Rep Power
    57

    Default

    All those suggestions are great, but what people often forget is constipation can also be caused by not enough fluids!
    My recomendation would be to also add more fluids in her diet and to cut back on food products with white flour and refined sugar (it acts like glue in the bowels). I know from a life long battle of constipation that if I eat too much food with white flour and white sugar, I get really tied up so to speak. If you haven't already, make the swith to whole weat bread and avoid giving too many cookies and crakers. I hope that helps too.

    MBM
    Formerly Mega Baby Mom:
    Mother of 2 boys born May 2004 and September 2006!

    "I don't pretend to have all the answers. I don't pretend to even know what the questions are. Hey, where am I?"
    ~ Jack Handey

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Woodstock
    Posts
    115
    Rep Power
    29

    Default

    Hey All,

    I wanted to post an update. We finally figured out a system that is helping. Hooray! I wanted to share it for those who may be having similar issues. I also brought Victoria to the Doctor's for a check up first and discussed all possible non-medical solutions.

    I was told that some bodies just need more fluids than others. So lots and lots of water and keep it available for them. Fig newtons, date squares - chewy stuff like that helps. Psyllium fiber (as mentioned in other post), you can buy the powder in the heathly section and add a scoop to the oatmeal or make cookies.

    Here's what is working for Victoria:
    1 cup/glass of prune juice (PC kind watered down 1-3) every morning.
    Oatmeal for breakfast.
    Fig newtons for snack time.
    Psyllium fibre - in the cereal form or in a cookie for another small snack.
    Lots and Lots of fluids!!

    It's allot for a little kid but it has eased her pooping.
    She loves the fig newtons. I also make sure she's getting her fruits and veggies.

    Thanks for all the responses. Prune juice is now a staple and so is Psyllium fibre.

    Here's a cookie recipe. They are awful but Victroria eats them. I recommend somehow incorporating this into a better recipe.
    Ingredients:
    1 cup psyllium powder
    1 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup of oats
    1/2 cup of flour
    1/4 tsp of salt
    1/2 tsp of baking powder
    1/2 cup of chocolate chips (or other flavor)
    1 egg
    4 ounces of melted butter
    1 tsp of vanilla
    3 ounces of water

    Mix dry ingredients first, then add wet ingredients. Shape into cookies and bake at 325 for 16-20 minutes until golden.


    Joelle


  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Just outside of London
    Posts
    759
    Rep Power
    57

    Default

    Thanks for the update Joelle!
    Glad to hear she is doing better. One less thing for you to worry about!
    My son started having the same problem so I added pureed prunes to his cereal. It totally worked!

    MBM
    Formerly Mega Baby Mom:
    Mother of 2 boys born May 2004 and September 2006!

    "I don't pretend to have all the answers. I don't pretend to even know what the questions are. Hey, where am I?"
    ~ Jack Handey

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •