My daughter is constipated, what can i do for her?
Topic: My daughter is constipated, what can i do for her?
May 22, 2019 / By Julianne Question:
My daughter is 16 months old. Sometimes she gets really constipated and its sad because she cries from the pain. Is there anything I can do?
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Glenna | 10 days ago
Constipation is likely to happen when your child doesn't drink enough water, milk or fruit juices, or if your child doesn't eat a healthy diet that includes enough fiber. Fiber is found in foods such as cereals, grains, fruits and vegetables. If your child eats a diet high in fat and refined sugars (candy and desserts), he or she is probably not getting fiber, which may result in constipation.
Also, young children with chronic constipation often ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. When a child avoids bowel movements, stool builds up in the lower bowel. The stool becomes larger and harder. Passage of the stool can be painful and makes children want to avoid having a bowel movement even more.
There are many things you can do to help your child:
Diet--You can start by increasing the amount of fluid your child drinks every day. If your baby is eating cereal, you can try adding a little prune juice to it.. If you have an older child, make sure they are drinking plenty of water, and you can also give them large prune juice, bran cereal, and fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber.
Bowel habit training--Your child should be taught not to wait to have a bowel movement. To establish a regular bowel habit, ask your child to sit on the toilet for at least 10 minutes at about the same time each day, preferably after a meal. Make sure your child can place his or her feet firmly on the floor while sitting on the toilet. If this is not possible, put a footstool in front of the toilet. While your child is sitting on the toilet, you might let your child read a story book or listen to the radio.
Medicine--Many laxatives are available to treat constipation in children. The choice of laxative depends on the age of your child and how serious the constipation is. Ask your family doctor to suggest a brand name and tell you how much to use.
Start a reward program-Begin rewarding your child for just sitting on the toilet. For example, if your child sits on the toilet at the planned time, reward your child with a favorite activity.
If your child has a bowel movement, give your child praise and a reward. Try not to use food as a reward. Some children like to be awarded with stickers or stars on a shart. Older children like to add up points for a larger reward, such as a trip to a movie theater.
Hope she feels better soon!
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Originally Answered: Daughter losing weight: Any creative ideas and/or recipes on what to feed my VERY fussy 19 month old daughter?
What about stuffing pasta (which you said she likes) with other stuff? Make ravioli and stuff it with stuff you'd like for her to eat but she won't.
Also, for the mac and cheese, I wouldn't worry about finding something you can make in 15 minutes, find a good recipe, it'll probably take a while because really good mac and cheese is baked, make a whole bunch of it and freeze it, then you can warm it up in less than 15 minutes whenever you need to.
My daughter loves cheese too, so if there's something she won't eat, we'll try melting a little cheese on it, this works for me maybe 60% of the time.
I've also find that it's easier to get her to eat if we are eating whatever it is she is eating. She loves rice as well, and we were having pork ribs the other night. She won't usually eat meat either, so I made her some veggie fried rice. She wouldn't touch her rice! And she loved the ribs!
I would maybe just freeze a bunch of meals that you know she likes, and let her eat some of whatever you are eating, and use the frozen stuff as a back up.
I also find that ketchup helps with things she won't eat.
I'd offer some recipes, but I just kinda throw things together as I cook. I hope I helped at least a little.
I feel the pain! Give her prune juice somehow, and see if she'll eat dried up fruit. Apples and coffee always helps me.
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Give her a glycerin suppository, When I worked in pediatrics that's what we would tell our parents. How is her diet? Is she taking in Iron? That could be the problem, to much Iron, especially if she is on formula, they always have to much iron for the babies to handle.
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Prune juice does not taste good.
My son had this problem, I made - don't laugh - prune juice Kool-Aid. I wasn't sure how much to put in. I made 2 quarts, took out 1 cup of water, added 1 cup prune juice. I used grape, it did not affect the color.
I assume you are looking at this as a maintenance sort of thing.
I also made prune juice brownies. Instead of water, used prune juice.
Warn the rest of the family, my 17 year old step son, ate the the pan of brownies for a snack then got angry at me because I did that cause he had a bit of a reaction to the juice.
Start with a small amount and adjust until you get an effective dose. As she gets older start adding in more fresh fruits and veggies and the problem should resolve itself.
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Try the prune juice and stewed prunes. Offer more vegetables like brocolli. Increase the amount of fluid she drinks.
If she needs more help, there are glycerin suppositories for children. You should be able to buy them in the pharmacy. You could also gey docusate sodium for children. It is a stool softener (not a laxative), and is very gentle.
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Don't give her cheese or anything with iron in it. Some baby formulas have extra iron. Don't give her that kind. Also try Baby Apple Juice. Apple juice is a great aid in regularity.
Trust me on this note: Do not give her regular adult apple juice. My daughter seemed to explode after I gave her a bottle full. The diaper never had a chance. I paid for that mistake!
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Apple juice, (pasturized only for her protection) may help relax her stools right away. it really is totally effectual so i'd provide her one bottle & provide her about 3 hours, (to bypass) beforehand you provide her any extra. She ought to finally end up with diarreah in the technique. If this can be a re-curring issue you may opt to furnish her somewhat apple juice each day, to save her widely used. i imagine that is somewhat fantastic that she's getting constipated at this variety of delicate age. undesirable toddler, in case you sense like your not getting help from the Dr. like you want, seek for a 2d opinion.
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Try friuts and veggies...being so little im sure you dont want to "stick your pinky in her stinky" or give her an enema. I know small children are very fickle in their eating habits, so you have to make leafy greens fun. In the meantime there are some over the counter products you can try that are suitable for toddlers. I loved doing dried fruits like plums, prunes or apricots. They are sweet and you can say they are "candy" Good Luck!!!!
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Feeding vegetables for roughage should help, and prune juice is a natural laxative. A glycerine suppository would help, if all else fails. They are available in the drug store.
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Originally Answered: Is there anything I can do for my daughter?
If she appears to be straining or in pain, I'd contact her doctor. It's not unusual for a baby to go a few days without a Bowel movement, as long as she's confortable. If she's in pain, call the doctor.
Some advice from Netdoctor...
What can you do to treat constipation?
Massage your baby's tummy
Start at the belly button and then massage outwards in circles in a clockwise direction. Some oil or cream on your fingers can also help.
Only continue if your baby enjoys the massage and is comfortable and relaxed.
Move your baby's legs in a cycling motion
Place your baby so he or she is lying on their back. Hold their legs and turn them gently in a quick cycling motion.
This will make the stomach muscles move and, in turn, put gentle pressure on the intestines to make them move.
Give your baby a bath
A warm bath can make your baby relax so the stools are passed more easily. Once your baby has relaxed in the bath, you can also massage their stomach (see above).
When you wash your baby's bottom, apply some cream or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) around the outside of the anus.
Don't use a thermometer to stimulate movement
Don't put a thermometer or anything else inside your baby's anus to stimulate bowel movement, because this may cause damage.
Check you are making formula correctly
If your baby is on formula milk, you should follow the instructions on the package carefully. Making the mixture too thick by putting in more than the recommended amount of powder can lead to constipation and other medical problems.
There are different brands of formula milk on the market, and they are basically of equal quality. It's best to stick to the same brand, because different formulas may require different dilutions.
Give cooled, boiled water
You can give your baby extra fluids with bottles of cooled, boiled water.