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My 1 year old is pretty constipated. I noticed yesterday morning that his stools were really hard and dry, and he was REALLY straining to go. Then this afternoon, he was straining and crying, and I actually had to apply a little pressure around his anus area to "help" him go! (the things we mothers do) because that stuff wasn't coming out on its own.<br><br>
I just started transitioning him from breastmilk/formula to breastmilk/cow's milk a few days ago.... I'm thinking that is the culprit and am going to try a more gradual transition!<br><br>
In the meantime, does anyone have any good remedies (esp. natural ones) for constipation? I have some milk of magnesia but don't know a lot about it, is that considered a natural remedy and is it ok to give?<br><br>
Poor little guy. He has been screaming and arching his back at night a bunch the past couple of nights.... I assumed it was the canine teeth coming in, but maybe it's the constipation.<br><br>
Any advice or help would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
 

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When you know what is causing it- such as the milk and it is this hard, I suggest the glycerine suppository. I use them very rarely but they work. It is just a little lotion stick you insert in the rectum and it works in a few hours. Otherwise I use herbal senna laxitive if he gets too much milk. I switched him to soy due to chronic constipation and now it is only an issue if we eat out or someone else gives him yogurt. I don't keep all milk out of our diet because he isn't that sensitive but it has helped enormously.
 

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Well you can use certain foods...pureed prunes, pears, apple juice. I know there are more, but I'm drawing a blank. When dd was younger she had difficulties with bananas so I knew if she had bananas then she also had prunes to counteract. Cheese was also binding. Other things that may help are a warm bath and gentle massage of his lower abdomen (going in a clockwise direction).<br><br>
good luck
 

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2-4oz aloe vera juice mixed in with something you know he'll drink. 1x/day<br><br>
emergen C for kids start with one pack (you can put this right with the AVJ and organic apple or prune if he'll take it) per day and increase as needed.<br><br>
add lots of fiber to his diet in the form of whole grain foods, assuming he is eating solids of course.<br><br>
LUK how it all "works out"
 

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try some flax oil or ground seeds, you can stir them in oatmeal.<br>
also, is he getting enough water or other fluids besides milk?<br>
sounds silly but I can forget to give ds water sometimes.<br>
I would stay away from the milk for a little while. Try almond<br>
milk or some other alternative. I know whenever I make minestrone soup<br>
it clears the whole family out, including ds! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I second the prune juice recs. IMHO, it is the most powerful fruit! A small amount of prune juice can counteract many bananas and cheese and milk! LOL<br><br>
I make prune juice ice cubes and keep them in a baggie in the freezer. If DS becomes constipated or I know he's had a lot of foods that will bind him up, I'll pop one in his juice.<br><br>
I have also found fresh kiwi fruit to be very helpful at keeping him regular. Really I think any kind of fresh fruit that has lots of fiber, like kiwi, pineapple, blueberries, etc. When he is eating these regularly (ha ha no pun intended) we rarely have problems. Good luck!
 

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I just battled this one with ds this week. Ground flaxseeds work wonders, with the added benefits of Omega-3!<br><br>
I pulled this suggestion from Sear's Baby Book. I put 1-2 teaspoons in ds' yogurt. The ground seeds don't really have much taste to them, so ds didn't even notice it. There is also a flaxseed oil, I just couldn't find it here.<br><br>
Otherwise, water, water, water!
 

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I agree that making sure his diet has enough fresh fruit daily will help a lot and lots of water.<br><br>
Good luck! Hope he gets some relief.
 

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Thanks for all of the advice!!! I gave him some prune juice, and that seems to have done the trick. Except, now when he sees the little container of prune juice he starts screaming until I give him some. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He loves it (he's never had juice before).<br><br>
Does anyone know if it's ok to give them a little prune juice every day? I thought since he's starting to eat a lot more solids (which he didn't start until almost 10 month) and we're going to experiment with a little bit of whole after a few weeks, it might help prevent any problems. But, I don't want to do that if it's addictive like laxatives or might be bad for him. My mom said she gave us a few teaspoons of prunes every day when we were babies/toddlers. Anyone know if that's OK?
 
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