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what can i give my toddler son to help with constipation?

my 3 year old son swallowed a penny and now is constipated. what can i give him to help him pass this penny?

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Asked by stacey_marie at 12:45 PM on Aug. 31, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Call your Pediatrician ASAP & tell them what happened & they will advise you properly. It may have caused a blockage.

    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 12:47 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Fleet supositories work for the occasional constipation. Miralax is powder that you mix with their drink for daily problems. That helps to regulate. I had that problem with my son and it worked amazingly and only needed to use it for about 6 months. Good luck & God Bless!

    Answer by christy_lvr at 12:49 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Enough water intake everyday can help to prevent this. However, if it is too far past this point, I use to give my kids (starting from infancy) some dark Kyro syrup mixed in a glass of warm water.

    Answer by GoodGriefWoman at 12:52 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • some mashed up apples. Great trick I learned from my Grandma

    Answer by tylerjmommy at 12:54 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Apple juice will also loosen his stool and make it easier for him to go.

    Answer by specialwingz at 12:54 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • thank you all who replied! this is all wonderful advice! i will go down the list trying each and every one til it works!

    Comment by stacey_marie (original poster) at 12:58 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Yea, I would talk to your son's pediatrician.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:58 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • lots of water, yogurt, bananas, things with fiber. sometimes orange juice helps my daughter to go.

    Answer by sodapple at 1:43 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Yeah, how about less time online asking this, and more time asking your ped. How do you know the penny went down his digestive tract? What if it went in his windpipe? A small penny shouldn't cause constipation either, what if he has a blockage? You really need to call his ped instead of toying around with ideas from strangers.

    Answer by Arkaidy at 2:24 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

  • Prune juice has always worked if our kids had this problem.

    Answer by Shelly922731 at 7:32 PM on Aug. 31, 2010

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