Posted by: Cell | 2004/02/27



My 20month old baby is constantly constipated and refuses to eat vegetables. What might be the problem with constipation and what can I do to help her?

Expert's Reply



Constipation is diet related in 99% of cases. Sometimes a laxative is required to help a child initially, until they settle into healthier eating habits. Vegetables, fruit, oats porridge etc. all these things contain essential fibre which act as a natural laxative. If the problem persists, your doctor may prescibe a simple laxative, like lactulose to assist. Do not use suppositories or other bowel stimulants, without addressing the underlying cause.

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Posted by: ella | 2004/03/01

my 1 yr old suffers with this - she's also a fussy eater & I give her 2 - 5 ml's Duphalac (a natural fibre) in her bottle twice a day (or with a spoon if your baby doesn't mind). She has it regularly and it keeps her regular. It's not harmful - also just a softening "tool".

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Posted by: Andrietha | 2004/02/27

It could be to much milk, yoghurt, etc. My Ped. prescribed Lacson (could can also bought it over the counter). I gave her 2.5ml - 5ml twice a day and if better once a day, either in her bottle or with a spoon. It is not a laxative it only keeps everything "soft". It really worked for me.

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