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I am hoping for some input, ideas, reading recommendations and other sound advice. My dd is 3 and has struggled with constipation since she was about 18 months -- we weaned at about a year and she began to be a very picky eater as she approached 2. In working closely with my Ped. we've decided to stay on a natural foods, more fruit, more veg. more fiber path rather than lax. per se. We mix prune juice in with her grape juice, she eats PB & wheat toast, we mix fiber in with OJ, yogurt, wheat germ in with soup, pancakes, cabbage in her salad, carrots in the pasta sauce. Anything that I can think of as we've determined that one approach is not enough for her i.e. a glass of spiked juice each day is not the magic cure. We're in for variety & balance. Mind you it sounds like enough to move a horse so to speak but she's a petite thing and doesn't eat much (quantity) though she's reasonbly receptive to variety especially if she helps cook.<br>
Thoughts, tips, recipies, been there/done that advice -- we'd be eternally indebted.<br>
Also any tips on how to get her past the mental obstacle of "this poop might hurt."<br>
Many thanks!<br>
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I don't have much time at the moment...but....<br>
Probiotics and Sodium Ascorbate Powder.<br>
Probiotics will balance and enrich her intestinal flora and Sodium Ascorbate is a buffered form of Vitamin C. Too much Vitamin C will cause diarrhea, but maybe "just enough" will loosen her stools.<br>
Does she drink plenty of water?
 

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Probiotics all the way. I give flax oil to Kaya to keep her regular. She used to be so constipated that it would actually get stuck on its way out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I found out she had too much yeast or bad bacteria in her intestines...probiotics helps and flax definitely helps big time! I gave it to her once when she was really bloated and constipated...1/2 hour later she pooped and there was even oil in the toilet (sorry) so I know it was the oil that got things moving. GOOD LUCK <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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cooked carrots can be constipating, so you might want to watch too much of those in the spaghetti sauce. i think raw carrots are good, though. greens are good if you can get her to eat anything like that -- salad, spinach, etc. most fruits are good, though bananas and apples aren't especially helpful. dairy, especially cheese, can be a big plugger-upper. might want to try cutting that out and see if it helps. other good get-things-moving foods -- pears, peaches, plums, prunes, peas, figs, apricots, whole grains, spinach, kale, chard, collards, corn, flax seeds...<br><br>
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We decided to try Childrens Probiotic Powder (by NF Formulas on advice of our local organic grocer.) Early results are positive. Already, juts a few days. At least things are moving in the right direction so to speak. I also found some info about flax oil and will try that in a smoothie or something. I take it myself so that should have occured to me. Color us happier. Thanks for *all* the food advice. It's given me some new ideas. SOmetimes in the whirl of frustration it's hard to think clearly. I am always amazed by how much good information and good will is out there! Thanks a million!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toothy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="toothy">
 

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I have seen this a lot in my shiatsu clients (adult & children).<br>
My advice to them is this~<br><br>
*avoid cold drinks. Instead drink warm herbal teas (ginger is a great choice w/ some lemon in it), room temp water, warm water w/ lemon squeezed in, etc<br><br>
*avoid citrus (this includes OJ) and bananas, as these are cold in nature and can be hard on digestion<br><br>
*avoid peanut butter~ contains molds that can be damaging to digestion, instead choose almond or cashew butter<br><br>
*avoid raw vegis!! steamed, baked, roasted, etc. is great, but raw can be too cold and difficult for weak digestion<br><br>
*avoid white flour foods, white sugar, red meat, cow milk (yogurt & sour cream okay), fried foods, greasy foods.<br><br>
*limit white potatoes, tomato sauces, corn, caffeine, and tofu.<br><br>
*begin taking probiotics daily<br><br>
*begin taking 2 Tbsps hemp or flax oil daily, as well as adding flax meal and hemp seeds into various meals<br><br>
*begin adding the following foods to the diet~ sour kraut, miso soup, yogurt, tempeh, dried ginger, baked yams, steamed greens, brown rice, kefir, amazake, prunes, rooibos tea.<br><br>
*a good homeopathic remedy is Silicea. Take 15 min before eating or 30 min after eating 3-6 x a day.<br><br>
*if taking in bulk fiber, be sure to drink a lot of water, otherwise it can cause blockages.<br><br>
*massage the abdomen, circular massage w/ tips of fingers, in the direction of the colon. Use a bit of oil or cornstarch on the abdomen when doing this.<br>
after massaging the abdomen/colon, gently pull skin taught on lower left side of abdomen (near end of colon) and use free hand to apply slight quick tapping at the bottom of colon (using tips of 3 fingers). This stimulates elimination.<br>
Also, massage in a circular motion down the outer thighs/outer median of leg on each side. Begin near hip and end near knee.<br><br>
*avoid multi vitamins w/ added iron. Instead try to get iron from food sources.<br><br>
Good luck and be patient!
 

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Believe it or not there is such thing as too much fiber. My son was getting to much fiber (doctor recommended) and drinking more than enough water.<br><br>
It is just the way he is made. He is also high strung and very emotional.<br><br>
Have her sit on the potty after meals for 5-10 minutes. Some people find waiting 10-15 minutes before you make the sit on the potty more effective.<br><br>
Add flax seed and/or flax seed oil to her diet.<br><br>
Stay away from things in the BRAT diet. I know someone else mentioned rice but honestly for kids that battle constipation it is horrible. BRAT diet is for diarrhea because it helps firm up the BM’s. (Bananas, Rice, Apples, and Toast).<br><br>
Stay away from juices. Even though they can be helpful with some kids and occasional constipation with kids that are chronically constipated it is a no-no.<br><br>
My son developed encopresis because of chronic constipation. Even with a good diet. We had to retrain his little bowels. Toddlers are like elephants. Your daughter has gone a long time with painful bm’s. She might need some retraining by having her bm’s pretty soft. You might want to discuss this with your doctor. If you decide this path Flax Seed oil is your best option. Whether you use Flax See of another laxative product remember to wean off very slowly.<br><br>
Please take time to look through this site to find out more about encropresis and constipation.<br><a href="http://www.people.virginia.edu/~smb4v/tutorials/constipation/" target="_blank">http://www.people.virginia.edu/~smb4.../constipation/</a><br><br>
Here is more helpful tips on dealing with constipation.<br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081100.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/t081100.asp</a><br><br>
Also make note of her bm patterns for several days/weeks. Is she doing several small amounts a day? Then every 3 to more days she can really unload and clog the toilet? Is the smaller amounts tarry, et? Or a small bm each day then large ones? Does she have ball bm’s? If you notice these patterns then you might be dealing with more than chronic constipation.
 

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I am so glad I came to this board because we have the same issues and all of the responses have been very helpful. Thank you to the original poster!<br><br>
One thing I wanted to add that has worked for us (actually a spin on an earlier suggestion) is putting flax meal in her oatmeal.
 

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Both my kids had constipation problems in spite of a healthy diet until we removed all wheat and gluten. Some people are allergic to it or have an autoimmune response and constipation can be a symptom.
 
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