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3 year old has painful bowel movements

he turns red and seems like it really hurts...some days he goes up to 6 or8 times a day but its juas a small amout called doc he said give him suppositories i did and he had 2 good movements but the next day it was the same as before

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Asked by olive226 at 5:31 PM on Jun. 6, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Does he drink alot of milk, if so that can be constipating for alot of children...Have him drink more apple juice but because of the sugar mix it with half water half juice, that should help. Increasing water can also help with hard dry stools. If this is a constant problem talk to the Dr about things to include in his diet that will help, or meds you can give him to help keep his stool soft.

    Answer by midnightmoma at 6:41 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Lots of water and fresh fruit (except bananas, lots of people find those binding)...

    If he has a hard time digesting dairy, it can certainly be that -- cheese is particularly 'hard' when there isn't also enough water or soluable fibre. Strawberries are happily in season at the moment and those and melon are some of the best sources of soluable fibre.

    You may want to get some oats into him, too. They're great for digestion, as is honey. You may like to try probiotic yogurts (those are the kind with live bacteria and without pectin or gelatin). Pectin may help, but it's healthiest in its natural form: apples and other semi-ripe fruits. Things like partly-ripe strawberries (if you have a local source or grow your own, it's almost impossible to find them commercially unripened) can be added to smoothies (along with the yogurt)...


    Answer by LindaClement at 8:13 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • A tummy-yummy smoothie recipe to share (makes way too much for 1 three-year-old!)

    1/4 c oat bran
    1/2 c probiotic yogurt (plain, for preference)
    1 tbsp honey (liquid or pasteurized, doesn't matter)
    1/2 c unsweetened juice (doesn't matter what kind, it's just for the liquid, really, even prune juice)

    blend all of that for 15 seconds or so, to combine and break up the honey into the mixture, let it sit for a few minutes for the bran to absorb some liquid and dissappear, then add:

    1 - 2 cups of frozen or fresh fruit
    (optional) 4 ice cubes -- if using fresh fruit and you want it ice-creamy when it's done

    Puree smooth.

    Fruits can be almost any kind. I don't like pomegranate seeds because the seed part has a lasting woody texture, but peaches, bananas, pears, plums with or without the acidic skins, applesause or frozen apples (fresh are kinda grainy pureed), berries of any kind, any melon. Yum!

    Answer by LindaClement at 8:19 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Raisins worked on my DD gave her a lot of those and her stools were very loose and the more she ate the more she went! I also heard that dates help with going to the bathroom too but we didnt try that one since the raisins worked wounders.

    Answer by Mel30248 at 8:46 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • I agree with LindaClement about the water - definitely helps. Also, check out probiotics. That's the good bacteria that is found in yogurt (although it's better when in capsules or powder form). They will help break down the food that your son eats. Hope he feels better soon.

    Answer by DreaKevAiyana at 10:01 PM on Jun. 6, 2009

  • Be cautious of too much juice, apple and grape can cause gas..

    Fig bars, raisins, very diluted juice, fresh fruits ( i know some kiddos won't drink straight water), cut down or out the dairy, milk and cheese.. etc.. and see how his BMs are .. I would only use suppositories if he is in pain... you don't want his body to come to rely on them to have a movement.


    Answer by StarMommy77 at 3:09 AM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • no dairy, no simple/white grains, no meat
    lots of water, fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grain

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:24 PM on Jun. 7, 2009

  • My 5 year old daughter has been on Miralax from the time she was 2. I put a little bit in her drink everyday and it really helps. I have tried to get her off of it, but she still has painful bowel movement, so I give it to her every other day or so. The pediatrician said it was fine for her to be on that long until she gets over the pain.

    Answer by sween338 at 12:56 PM on Jun. 16, 2009

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