Trouble pooping

My 1 y/o son is having trouble pooping and when he does we have to push it out for him. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 11

    It sounds like he’s constipated...when the BM is passed does it look like hard balls/not soft?? If so try getting him to eat prunes, apricots, etc. also watermelon helps a lot. If it continues consider discussing with his pediatrician, they may want to suggest other remedies. My daughter has been constipated on and off since she started solids. It’s a constant struggle to make her BMs soft!! So I have lots of tips but if this is a new thing and you think it’ll pass quickly then I’d start with some fruits that help soften the BMs. Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    Feb 11

    Lots of kids have this problem, prunes, pears, fruits that start with p help to pass, try and give him foods with fiber, and limit cheese milk and yogurt, and crackers or pasta unless it's whole wheat. Also try to get him to drink water. If he is still a big milk drink and won't be able to go with out, try adding more and more water to it every time you offer to try and get things flowing.

  • Timothy
    Feb 11

    Yeah its hard today

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 11

    If your son can/will eat chopped up prunes or dried apricots I’d feed him that. If he won’t eat them but will eat purée, try feeding him a prune purée. Another one my daughter loved when she was still willing to eat purée was peach mango by earths best I think. It came in the squeeze bag and is unfortunately one of the few that have added sugar but it’ll do the job. If he recently started drinking regular milk or eating something different that’s likely the cause of the constipation. Try giving him fruits to help. You don’t have to stick to fruits that start with P, either. Any fruit except bananas should help. Stone fruits (fruits that have pits) are considered the best because they’re higher in sorbitol, a natural sugar that draws moisture into the small intestine and colon, hydrating the BM so it’ll pass easier. Having said that, melons are also great and so are pears, oranges, etc.

  • Nora
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 11

    you need to feed more non binding foods (pears, peaches, plums, prunes, apricots, watermelon, blueberries) and less binding foods (bananas, bread products unless whole wheat ones, rice and apple products)

  • Sara
    Feb 12

    If food alone doesn't work, you may have to move on to miralax. My daughter gets 2.5 teaspoons per day in her water because nothing else worked and her constipation was so severe.

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 12

    @Sarah, we may have to do that next. It’s a battle every day to get enough fruit into my daughter to keep her from severe constipation. As she gets older (2.5 now), her will is stronger and she’s less willing to just eat what I ask her to. Can you let me know how Miralax has worked for your daughter? Her pediatrician suggested it as the next step but I’ve read/heard some negative things that might all be misled information but I just haven’t had the chance to think about it and I keep hoping it’ll pass...but it’s definitely not!!

  • Ivana
    Feb 12

    @Sara How long have you been giving your daughter Miralax? My daughter has mild to moderate constipation and her pediatrician recommended it daily, but my husband is reluctant to give it to her that often, citing some recent studies about the effects on kids.

  • Natasha
    Feb 13

    My son has had trouble with constipation since he started eating more solids and I went back to work (around 7 months) . At first I tried prunes and pears. Then prune juice and cranberry juice. For the past three months, we have used Miralax. Initially I used it sporadically because I was afraid of the effect. But it hurt me so to see my son struggling and in pain. Sometimes he would cry. The doctor told me a few times to use it daily, but I did not do that until January. The full month of January, I gave it to him daily. This month I have backed off some to every other day or sometimes every 3 days. He is much better. I do make sure he has apples and/or pears and spinach and/or kale at least twice a day and plenty of water. He does not eat meat. Just veggies, fruits, potatoes, yogurt, oatmeal, farina, pasta, & rice. Hopefully it is just a phase and as your child grows, the body adjusts.

  • Ashly
    Feb 13

    Miralax has always helped my girls when it got to the point they needed that extra help. We had to cut their milk intake too.

  • Jess
    Feb 13

    Our daughter had trouble since 1 year when she started milk. She would scream in pain every time. Just last week at 21 months old after trying different foods we switched her to almond milk and she has had regular BMs ever since. I know that is not the solution for everyone but nothing else worked and she drank tons of water and fruits/etc before.

  • Kim
    Feb 13

    Our pediatrician recommended lubricating with Vaseline to help ease the discomfort. I agree with everyone above. We increased both fiber and liquid intake and it seemed to help our little one. She is 16 months now. Kroger sells purée pouches with a good source of fiber. Our daughter enjoyed those quite a bit.

  • Cara
    Feb 13

    My daughter had to go to a GI doc for her constipation when she was 15 mo. He said Miralax daily for 2-4 weeks to really clean her out and keep her flowing, 2 tsp a day and double the amount of water. Then he suggested this: https://www.bioray.com/ndf-pooper.html to put in her water or juice for occasional constipation as an alternative to continued use of Miralax. Also, he suggested dilute apple juice, the raw unfiltered kind. It has more nutrients in it than Tree Top or those kinds, and the pectin and fiber content helps draw water into the bowels to soften the stool. I have been giving my daughter 1/4 of her sippy cup apple juice and 3/4 water once a day and she has had a BM daily since (she's now 22 months). Because it's diluted in water I don't really worry about it being too much sugar, and the flavor encourages her to drink the water, which also helps. Best of luck for your little one!! 💜

  • Jacqui
    Tuesday

    My kid had the same problem. It ended up being powder formula. I switched to liquid and things changed immediately. In the meantime you can buy over-the-counter suppositories that work great and provide immediate relief

  • Dayna
    check_circleChild Care Provider Wednesday

    Try lavender on his tummy right at the bottom of it rub it in and wait about 20 min use a good brand from the vitamin store or Doterra has a nice roll on you can buy on amazon DO NOT USE something that is meant for a diffuser like from Walmart that is not meant to put on your skin.