Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Charl | 2010-04-27


16 month old - constipated


I posted a question to you on the 20th and since then I have seen a gastroenterologist as well as a paediatric surgeon. The paediatric surgeon has diagnosed my baby with chronic constipation. This diagnosis was based on an x-ray. He a says that there is nothing that can be done. She has to be on laxatives on a long term basis. The gastro enterologist suggested that i try the constant use of laxatives for a few weeks and then get back to him.

I am not happy with the " theres nothing i can do"  approach.
Is there any natural way in which to control the problem. Please help.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



The natural way is to encourage your child to drink water and also to drink diluted fruit juice once a day, to give her lots of fruit to eat and to give her fibre rich foods such as vegetables, whole wheat products and cereals.Also give her a regular probiotic such as Probiflora childrens tablets once a day.The laxatives that are usually prescribed for children of this age are really stool softeners and are safe to use at the recommended doses.I also would have liked a more definite diagnosis of your baby's problem than you have been given, but I am hesitant to recommend that you get another opinion because of the expense involved.

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