Monday, October 21, 2013

Constipation in Toddlers

 crying baby on the pot
Our seventeen month old daughter has been experiencing constipation for the past few months.  I took her to our family doctor and they did an ultrasound on her abdomen.  The doctor called me back with the results and she advised our daughter has swollen lymph nodes in her stomach that could have been caused by a stomach virus, but it's not serious.  I took her to the pediatrician and he said that swollen lymph nodes wouldn't cause her to be constipated.  He advised me to change her diet and said I can give her a laxative when needed and it wouldn't hurt her.  Sometimes we put Restolax in her juice and it seems to work.  She had another ultrasound and everything came back okay.
Signs that your toddler is constipated include:
  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Dry, hard stool
  • Uncomfortable when he/she finally goes 
The pediatrician advised me to adjust her diet.  She loves bananas, but I have to avoid giving her too much as they will make her constipated.  I'm going to try giving her other fruits and more vegetables.  She loves cheese and drinks homogenized milk on a regular basis, but I have to limit her dairy to two servings to per day.  I'm going to try and increase her fibre intake.  She drinks a lot of juice with water, but I'm going to start giving her more water.   I hope these things help her.



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