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Constipation: any pediatric nutritionists on here?? (Also welcome googlers and avid researchers)!

Hi all. I feel like most of my personal posts on Winnie are about constipation. My daughter is about to turn 2 and is always on the brink of constipation, or so it seems. She gets a daily probiotic, I limit her milk consumption, and she eats fruits, veggies, etc. I limit her “binding” foods (bananas, rice, etc), she drinks plenty of water. But she daily has hard poops, sometimes followed later by softer ones. My pediatrician tells me it’s not uncommon and she will outgrow it. She doesn’t want me giving her OTC remedies and I’m resistant to that idea as well. Just looking for anyone else’s input. First, if this is something your child dealt with as an infant/toddler, did they “grow out” of it? Second, if you have any tips or ideas, please share.

  • Jess
    Jul 29

    Our daughter was/is the same. She had a really bad time for a while and now has grown out of it (15 months old) however I do find just a half banana will instantly cause. We limited her milk which helped (twice a day, morning and afternoon) and she drinks lots of water. Hard to see her constipated so hopefully we are at the end.

  • Jackie
    Jul 29

    My 13mo has been going through this since 7mo and I’ve been doing everything you have minus the probiotic. We saw her pedi last week and she recommended 1/2tsp of Miralax a day to help flush her out and then start the probiotic to keep her regular. We have been on Miralax for a week and I haven’t seen much difference. Instead of one really big hard poop she has a bunch of “Hershey kiss” sized semi hard (not painful) poops. However she had a really painful hard poop day 5. I feel so bad because he cries in pain :( I wish I could help

  • Anonymous
    Jul 29

    My daughter was constipated for awhile when she was about 7m (now almost 1yr). When it started I tried new things in her diet, gave her lots of extra water, took things out of her diet and nothing seemed to help. Her poops are still on the harder side and she does have to push hard sometimes to get them out. But the best thing we did was put her on the toilet. Whenever she starts to ‘push’ or gets to be around that time, I put her on the toilet - holding her so her butt hangs in the toilet bowl below her knees. It’s the best position to relieve the colon from being restricted. Ever since then it’s been so much better and she has gotten used to using the potty even to pee. She knows to take off her diaper too.

  • anonymous mom
    Jul 30

    Thank you, everyone!! I appreciate the support. And to anon, the toilet has definitely helped...thanks!! Jess, yeah my daughter is the same. A half a banana, a couple slices of cheese, etc...anything like that constipates her and I have to be so aware of it. And to Jackie, my pediatrician so far is still trying to keep us off miralax, but that would be the next step if she starts binding up continuously again. My daughter does the hershey kiss type earlier in the day and they slowly soften throughout the day (in a perfect world).

  • Jenn
    Jul 30

    Have you tried giving her prunes? Whenever my 14 month old is constipated, we give her a little prune puree and out it comes. Maybe a daily drink of watered down prune juice?

  • Teresa
    Jul 31

    Apple juice, applesauce, raisins, beans, and prunes. Great foods to get things going. We use a little bit of milk of magnesium on occasion, if we are truly backed up.

  • Anonymous
    Aug 02

    Prunes, pears, beans, avocado, if they want crackers make sure they are whole grain, same with bread. Sweet potato too. And you could try a smoothie with some of these things and put some chia seeds in. Avoid dairy, there are other plant based ways to get calcium, like oranges. Avoid white grains, rice, pasta.

  • Orid ivan
    Aug 10

    Mom, try giving semi solid and liquid foods, a lot of water and plain yoghurt. I also advice that you see a pediatric clinical nutritionist. For better results

  • Anonymous
    Aug 10

    Does your daughter like grapes? My daughter will go a few times a day when she eats them. Mango also helps.

  • Melissa H.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Aug 25

    Does your daughter have a food allergy? Try taking her off of gluten-based bread items and lactose-milks for a week and see if her bowels improve. In that time, replace her milk with fruit and veggie smoothies, and see how that works. Also is she a fast eater? does she fill her mouth with food before swallowing? You might need to limit portion sizes, cut everything up super small and give her small servings of foods. Maybe one food item at a time, cut up, and portioned out.