Like many toddlers, my 3YO DS has been dealing with chronic constipation. One day he'll have a nice BM of "soft serve" consistency. Then the next day he'll struggle to push out hard, marble-sized pellets. Some weeks he'll not have a BM for four days, while other weeks he'll have BMs daily.
Unfortunately we've had to do suppositories when he hasn't gone for several days. Those are traumatic and have contributed to a delay in potty learning interest (because he sees his diaper as "security").
We have tried all these things to alleviate his constipation problems:
- Increased amount of fiber-rich foods he eats
- Increased his water intake
- Makes sure he exercises daily
- Added a daily probiotic
- Minimized dairy at one point with little change in BM pattern
- Warm baths
- Lotion on his bottom to help the BM slide out
- Keep diapers if he prefers
When I talk to his pediatrician, she doesn't seem concerned and recommended he take Miralax. I've had success with it but am not comfortable giving it long term. I feel like there has to be another option to help my little guy get regular.
Can you tell me if there's something else that could help him, or a cause of the constipation I may be missing?
I breastfeed him several times a day, so could there be an issue with something I consume?
Thanks for your time!!
Edited by MunchiesMom - 5/22/11 at 10:05am