We now interrupt my usual sex, marriage, and all-around inspirational blog posts for a lesson on how to cure toddler constipation. If you’re one of my (awesome) email subscribers, don’t be discouraged, you won’t see anything about poop on here again for quite sometime, promise!
In all sincerity, toddler constipation S U C K S, and I hope to hook you up with these tips to help you avoid what I just went through: tears, tantrums, more tears, and a Total Mommy Meltdown.
My goal today is to give you ONE blog post with nearly all the info you need because really, who wants to search high and low on the internet when it’s easier to have all the info in one place? I’ve tried everything on this list, and I hope this gives you some practical, encouraging and get-er-done methods to purge the poop!
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First things first, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “In general, it is best to watch for the following signals if you suspect constipation:
large stool to pass easier. By the way, Aquaphor is like magic, you should have that in your home anyway. 😉
Now comes the stuff that we use and works great for us, but I suggest you wait and consult your own Pediatrician first (although most approve this stuff):
14. Fiber Gummies. I literally jumped up and down and shouted “Hallelujah!” when I found these. My son loves gummy snacks, and these were a great way to sneak in a couple more grams of fiber each day. We use the Little Remedies gummies because they’re tasty and affordable, but I know there’s more out there that may be worth a shot. Fair warning: some of the other brands don’t taste as good!
15. Probiotics. Your kiddo might have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in their tummy, and a natural probiotic is a great way to work things out! We love using these Culturelle powder packets for kids. Many of my mommy friends use them and swear by them too.
Quick Tip: Slip your packet into juice or a yogurt so they don’t notice the powder. Make sure it only goes into cold food/drink as per the directions on the box.
16. Miralax. Unlike other laxatives, Miralax is not absorbed into the system. It merely acts as extra water molecules to make things “softer” and easier to pass. My pediatrician (and lots of online research to support her) told me it’s completely safe for long term use. It also doesn’t cause bloating or cramping like many other laxatives.
17. Flaxseed Meal. Whole ground flaxseed meal is high in fiber with 2 Tbsp = 4 g Fiber & 3 g Protein. I’ve read you should only give a toddler 1 Tbsp a day. I sprinkle it in my son’s oatmeal every morning and he doesn’t even notice it! It’s a great way to give them something natural and nutritious.
18. Chia Seeds. 1 Tbsp of chia seeds = 6 g of Fiber, 3 g of Protein + 2.9 g of Omega-3 fatty acids. Hello! In fact, 1 Tbsp of Chia seeds contains more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3’s than salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. I haven’t found a definitive answer on dosage for toddlers, but I’ve heard about 1/2 Tbsp is plenty. As always, ask your Pediatrician! In addition to flaxseed meal, I slip this into my son’s oatmeal every morning too. We buy ours at Trader Joe’s but you can also get these.
19.Suppositories. If all else fails, give them a glycerin suppository like this one that we use. Honestly, I avoid using these like the plague because really, who the heck wants anything stuck up their bee-hind? That being said, sometimes you gotta’ do what you gotta’ do girlfriend. Ugh.
And the grand finale:
20. Document their bowl patterns. If you’re noticing your child keeps having constipation issues every few months, grab one of those little Dollar Store pocket calendars and keep track of his/her bowl movements daily. Make sure to describe the size, shape and consistency. This will help your pediatrician determine a course of action should it come to that. It will also make you feel better when Mom Brain kicks in and you can’t remember when they last time they pooped. 😉 Remember, what is “normal” for one child will be different for another (even between siblings). It’s important to know your child’s habits so you can stay ahead of the game!
I can’t stress this enough, make sure you check with your child’s pediatrician if his/her condition stays the same or becomes worse. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… toddler constipation S U C K S. I hope this 2,000-word blog post (wow) gives you all the info you need to keep your sanity, mama. Hang in there. You’re doing a great job.
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