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I am trying to help my 3 year old toddler go poop she has been constipated most of her life since a year old and we nursed till about two years old so as soon as we started any kinds of solids the poop problem started.<br>
and the peds have her on miralax and mineral oil (which I havent given her yet) heard it robs them of their vitamins.<br><br>
So anyhow we are trying to eat better she only eats oatmeal, chicken (rice) which i am told is a no no, she likes cherrios and peas and green beans, she will not any fruit or any other veggies.... So I thought maybe we can try to sprinkle some flaxseed in her cereal or dinner or something.<br><br>
I read somewhere is it loaded with fiber.<br>
Can you give me some ideas how to get more fiber in her diest beings sge doesnt like to each much, also is the whole flaxseed safe for toddlers and how much can i give her a day?<br>
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Does she drink enough water? Her diet seems reasonable. Does she have milk with her oatmeal and cheerios? If so, maybe that's the problem (in which case maybe try switching to almond milk, it's the best tasting milk alternative imo). I like to grind whole flaxseed by running it through my coffee grinder. I think the omega 3 is more readily available that way. Easier to digest but still high in fiber. I think I read 2 tablespoons daily as being recommended for everyone in general...
 

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We eat stuff with whole and ground flaxseed all the time, oatmeal, granola, cookies etc. I don't see why you couldn't. Lots of things like granola bars, and "heathly" cookies have whole flax in them, as well as, granola that you buy.<br><br>
I would just throw it in with the oatmeal either whole or ground<br><br>
or put it in a smoothie
 

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Will she eat muffins? I put it in mine all the time. Also, you could use it with the chicken. Mix it with bread crumbs or whatever you want to use to coat the chicken and bake. Like a homemade chicken nugget, KWIM?
 

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I grind mine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Have you checked for food intolerance being a problem? My *baby* had this issue, while still mostly bf'ed but sampling things and I really think he had the opposite reaction of his brother to dairy. (brother got diarrhea, actually could not handle stuff that had milk as an *ingredient* until after a year, cheese took till about 18 months, yogurt was about age 3, only now at 5 is he drinking cow's milk at school. )<br><br>
baby was given pudding and mashed potatoes with regular milk early...by mistake. (siblings)<br><br>
baby is now almost 18 months and tolerates pretty much everything, though the only milk he gets is goat's.<br>
(which is a possibility...all my kids can drink goat's milk and always have been fine with it.)
 

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I also grind mine - you can buy them ground and store them in the fridge or freezer or grind them yourself (I don't bother). If you eat them whole, they will just go through whole <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
1 serving is a tablespoon, and she probably shouldn't have more than that so don't go too crazy! We add them to pancakes, muffins, and other baked goods by substituting about 1/4 cup of flour for ground flax. Most mornings though, we both have it sprinkled on our cereal (hot or cold).
 

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We buy flax meal and sprinkle it into steel cut oats and then freeze for every day breakfast. It isn't noticeable and it helps the toddler a lot. Water consumption is also key. Make sure the rice is brown and make experiment with other higher fiber grains or things like quinoa. Will she eat fruit in her oatmeal? I make a "super sauce" for the baby with prunes, apricots, and peaches. All three are good for digestion...
 

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Um, actually given her diet, I wonder if she's getting too much fiber and not enough liquid. Fiber requires a balance it can firm things up enough to get moving but too much and everything stops.<br><br>
Have you tried smoothies or frozen smoothies with Popsicle sticks?
 
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