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Old 06-11-2003, 12:51 PM   #1
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My 3 year old hods in his poop due to previous hard and painful passage of stools, and therefore holding it isn for days has made it even harder to pass. My ped's recommendation was to add 2 tsp.s of mineral oil daily for about 6-8 weeks to get him to have softer more easier to pass stools, along with diet changes, namely increased fiber, wheat breads, pasta, crackers, fresh fruits, and increase ogf fluids, as we all know.

Has anyone had sucess with adding mineral oil for this problem? Do the kids like the taste of it, or is this gonna be another struggle? Also, can vitamins add to harder stools?

 
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Old 06-11-2003, 09:32 PM   #2
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i had to do this with my oldest child and it really does help my daughter didnt really have a problem drinking it i put in her sippy cup with milk and mixed very very very good im not sure if your child is potty trained or not but all i can say is once that stuff takes effect watch out my daughter was still in diapers when we did it with her because her b/m's were so herd she wouldnt go and when she did she would just cry and cry and cry it didnt matter what we gave her to eatbut it would fill the diapers out the legs out the top front and back so just watch out it may not be the same for all but that is my experiance with it my daughter is now 4.5 and eats prunes she just loves them it is something we started giving her when she was younger kinda instead of fruitsnacks and that really seems to help the problem but if she doesnt eat them then the problem comes back for some reason and the dr isnt really sure why i wish you luck

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Thanks momma for the reply. He just turned 3 and is not trained yet. I hope the mineral oil helps. I cannot see him cry so much and rip his poor rectum open. He still eats fruits(prunes and apricots) and vegs in the jar. I know it's sounds strange but I cannot get them into him otherwise. You would think he be able to go from eating them. I really do think his fluid intake is poor. He never liked a bottle either...this kid just does not drink!!

 
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i had the same problem with the drinking with my second child so i went to walmart and got cups with lids that had differt kinds of straws and were different shapes so it made it fun for him to drink it seemed to help a little bit you might want to give that a try too

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The suggestions offered are great since it does mix well with milk. In addition to adding the mineral oil why not try giving him prune juice to drink daily or adding prunes, raisins or dried fruit to snack on as these are also natural laxative type foods. Stay away from applesauce, rice, bananas, white bread and pasta since these are constipating foods. Good Luck.

 
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Thank you for the wonderful sugestions. Since adding mineral oil mixed in with his fruit, my 3 year old has had 3 more normal consistency stools. He has been able to pass them much more easily. I hope it continues for him as I watch his diet.

 
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deedee have u considered .. maybe the milk is binding ur son up...maybe take him off of it a a few days and see what happens.. olny a suggestion...im glad 2 hear things are ok now...but it could be a possibilty

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deedee that is great to hear i hope you continue to have good luck with this

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Just an update ladies. I DID get a new cup that my boy seems to like, and it is easy to withdraw liquid out of it...NOT carpet friendly, but this is more important! He is consuming MORE liquids because of it.

I agree with you about milk tending to constipate.....he does not relly drink much of it to be a concern.

I am still doing the daily mineral oil, but I am only using 1tsp a day. His poop is sliding right out and he no longer cries when going! I am happy with my decision to add this to his diet.

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Just an update ladies. I DID get a new cup that my boy seems to like, and it is easy to withdraw liquid out of it...NOT carpet friendly, but this is more important! He is consuming MORE liquids because of it.

I agree with you about milk tending to constipate.....he does not relly drink much of it to be a concern.

I am still doing the daily mineral oil, but I am only using 1tsp a day. His poop is sliding right out and he no longer cries when going! I am happy with my decision to add this to his diet.

Thanks to all for your support!

 
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Just an update ladies. I DID get a new cup that my boy seems to like, and it is easy to withdraw liquid out of it...NOT carpet friendly, but this is more important! He is consuming MORE liquids because of it.

I agree with you about milk tending to constipate.....he does not relly drink much of it to be a concern.

I am still doing the daily mineral oil, but I am only using 1tsp a day. His poop is sliding right out and he no longer cries when going! I am happy with my decision to add this to his diet.

Thanks to all for your support!

 
Old 06-24-2003, 08:31 AM   #12
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deedee that is so good to hear i didnt use as much as the dr said to do either but it still seemed to work for my little girl when we used it i am also glad to hear about the cup and your son drinking more i hope you continue to have great results i wish you and your little boy the best

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