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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Melani | 2007/07/25

Q.

CHRONIC CONSTIPATION TODDLER

Dear Doc

My 15-month old appears to be constipated for the past 3 weeks.
Her stools are a little hard and round, although she is not straining or in any discomfort. I did give her Laxette once during this time to loosen the bowels, but it seems to be a chronic problem as her stools are still hard.

I've tried to reconsider her diet - breakfast varies between cereal, toast, yoghurt and fruit. Mid-morning is 225ml of NIDO.
Lunch is usually house-food with a slice of bread, followed wiith fruit and then water a half-hour later. Afternoon snack-time is usually a snack item (cheese, yoghurt + fruit juice etc). Supper is the same as lunch. Her only other milk-feed is 225ml NIDO at bedtime.

Pse advise further re: her constipation - the amounts of water and liquid during the day don't seem to be helping. What should I do ?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

have you tried stopping the Nido and all cheesein her diet. You may find a remarkable improvement if you stop these foods. She should be on regular full cream cow's milk now. Give her lots of fruit and fibre.

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