please, please please. I need help with my 3 year old daughter's constipation. im not even sure if it's constipation since she has soft stools. she has been this way on and off since 12 months old but it only took on a life of it's own this past summer or so. every time we modify her diet to treat it, things improve for days and then the cycle starts all over again. things we have tried and worked, only temporarily are:
eliminating bananas and applesauce
adding probiotics to her water (it's tasteless)
adding magneisum to her diet
adding iron in the form of floradix every so often (we are vegan and give this to her 2-3x a week)
added fiber gummies
add aloe vera juice or spirulina (this helps the best as it coats her intestines but getting her to drink this is extremely difficult, no matter how hard i disguise the taste)
we dont need to add more fiber. she eats tons of whole wheat bread made from home as well as fresh fruit all day including pears. these things simply dont help. and like i mentioned before, the things above DO HELP for maybe a week at most (even though she will go daily at that time but still cry about it), but then she goes back to holding it in, even more so. she isnt potty trained and i havent been that pushy with it so i dont think that would be a cause for the fear of passing a movement. it's just gotten so bad it's taking over our lives. i have to cancel our outings with friends/activities b/c this issue makes her want to cry and fuss all day for days on end. she just isnt herself when she feels the urges and im extremely worried. oh and the hardest part is that she is an extremely picky eater/drinker. she only wants to eat certain foods (hates raisins and anything like that that would help her go) and will only drink water.
we are going to take her to the doctor but i just want to know if any of you parents have any other ideas/advice? i just dont get how things improve but then stop working.. it makes me think it's a psychological issue. she has always been very spirited so that might have something to do with it. anything else i can give her to help her go????