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One happy momma to a very spirited little girl , her tough little brother , and a happy little suprise late April 2012 . Wife to an overworked and under paid husband .
I have been dealing with this for the past 6 weeks and we are finally over the hump. It started with potty learning and a little constipation and then dd started holding it in. I had to use a couple of suppositories and it was miserable for everyone. Since we have added all of the below suggestions to dd's diet things have been so much better. Here are the things we have done to keep dd's stools soft and regular. Even if she wants to she can't hold them in and we are now past the "pooping is scary and it hurts" stage. I am going to keep up with all of the stuff we are doing to make sure we don't take any steps back.
1. Kids probiotics. I bought them at our whole food store and they have made the biggest difference. I put about 1/4 teaspoon in a little cup of juice every morning for dd.
2. Flax oil. I also bought this at our whole food store. The brand is Barlean's and the flavor is strawberry/banana. DD thinks it is the most special, delicious treat so I have no problem getting her to take 2 tablespoons a day (one in the morning, one in the evening). I tried regular flax oil and dd wasn't having any of it, so the pink strawberry potion has been awesome.
3. Drinking tons of fluids. In the past, dd rarely got juice, but now I let her have it daily because it is liquid. I tried prune juice and she didn't like it so we stick with apple or grape. Lots of regular water and lots of fizzy water. Dd will drink a glass of fizzy water without hesitation because she likes it. I just try to get as much liquid in her as possible.
4. Epsom salt baths. The magnesium is absorbed through the skin and helps soften the stool.
Good luck, I know it can be so tough, frustrating and heartbreaking. Dd would get agitated and cranky when she had to poop, but she would still hold it in. After she pooped she was like a different child. We have had about a week and a half of soft easy poops and I am hoping we keep up with it.