He pooped tonight, yay! Just a little, but he did it standing up, which gives me relief in knowing that it's not so hard that he cannot accomplish it.
Oranges seem to help a bit with my son, I'm not sure why. I think it's the juice combined with the fiber. One poster mentioned vitamin C, in which oranges are rich, of course. I believe that vitamin C in general helps the body with lubrication and elimination.
Plums, berries, I think maybe even grapes?
There's a ton of info on www.askdrsears.com,
if you do a search for Fiber and take the first link on nutrition re: fiber -- there's a section specifically on tips for kids. Here's one list from there that is pertinent to your question:
Best sources of soluble fiber are:
Best sources of insoluble fiber are:
*skin of fruit
*seeds and nuts: sunflower seeds, soybean nuts, almonds
Dr. Weil has a few recommendations, including this basic one:
*Increase consumption of fiber by eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
*Drink more water.
What can you do about constipation?_
Drink plenty of fluids – at least 8 glasses (preferably of water) a day.
Eat at least 40 grams of fiber a day – A high-fiber cereal (more than 8 grams fiber per serving) plus generous amounts of vegetables, fruits and legumes is especially important for avoiding constipation._
A fiber supplement may also be helpful -- Choose one of_ those made from psyllium or purified hemicellulose._ Make sure to drink plenty of water when you use these products.
Exercise daily -- Exercise does more than tone your heart and muscles; it also tones your intestines and is essential to regular bowel movements.
Utilize some type of relaxation technique daily -- Stress can interfere with relaxation of the whole body, including the bowels.
Try to establish a regular schedule and don’t ignore the urge to go -- Peristalsis of the bowel, the movements that trigger a bowel movement, come and go._ If you ignore the urge, you may lose the opportunity._ The longer stool stays in the bowel, the harder it gets as more water is reabsorbed, and the more difficult it is to expel.