Constipation In Toddlers

by Struggling Mom
(Westport, CT)

With Constipation in toddlers, how do you get the child to tell you he has to go?

My child suffers from constipation - he is 4. He has for the past year. He has small "candy kiss" size releases and holds back the rest - leaving us frustrated and unable to participate in a lot of activities which he should be.

I have tried constipation treatments like laxatives, suppositories, POSITIVE reinforcement (stickers, lollipops, trucks) for rewards - still not talking. If he does go he is very proud of himself.

I have also increased his water consumption but, am still giving him milk and yogurt. I am going to try to cut that next. Pizza is a problem because he gets it in school 2 days a week - and at most birthday parties. Cheese does not help.

But more importantly, he does not tell me. I don't know how to REVERSE engineer this.

I feel stuck and struggle daily with this problem of child constipation.

PS - He starts his day with Raisin Bran and bran on top, and 2% milk with an apple...

Still not working...

Hi Struggling Mom,

I really sympathize with you, as constipation in toddlers can be very frustrating, especially when you are doing your best to find a solution but can't seem to make any headway.

I suspect it's not so much a question of how to get your son to 'tell you' he has to go as it is to get him to 'actually go' with ease.

It sounds like you are making a real effort to do the right things, so first of all, don't beat yourself up over this. It's going to be a matter of experimentation to find out what works best for your little man.

My niece was having
the same trouble earlier this year with her little boy. He was 4 at the time, too. "Grandma" suggested that she sprinkle some Salba on his breakfast each morning (1/2 scoop).

My niece ordered it from Puritan's Pride and discovered that it worked like a charm! She is still using it to keep her little fellow going regularly.

The good thing about Salba is that it is a natural grain that is full of good Omega oils. It has no taste at all, so the kids don't mind it mixed in with their food.

That would be the simplest and easiest natural remedy that I would recommend in your situation. If it works - great! Do let us know.

If that doesn't work for you and you still seem to struggle, I would then suggest you try Herbal Fiberblend. I can pretty much guarantee you 100% that HFB will indeed work.

If you are wondering why it's not my first recommendation for constipation in toddlers, it's because of the taste. Although I believe HFB to be the best product on the market for quick constipation relief that is all natural, the taste is very strong because of the beneficial herbs that are combined with the psyllium fiber.

Most parents have a real struggle to get their children to take "yucky" tasting stuff. If you think that's a battle you can easily win, then go for the Herbal Fiberblend right away. You can mix 1/2 tsp. morning and evening with grape juice or apple sauce if that makes it easier to 'get it down.'

I really hope and pray you will be able to get this sorted out soon, for both your sakes. I hope you'll keep us updated on your progress.

To your good health!

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