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    Old 10-27-2002, 08:25 AM   #1
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    Angry 1 year old with downs & constipation

    What conventional and non conventional options are available for easing constipation for our 1year old baby that has a downs diagnosis. We have had her to a number of specialists in downs and gastro but she continues to have frequent distress in that area. We would prefer to use natural means rather than chemicals if possible. We are aware that hydration and diet play an important roll and we manage her diet and provide lots of fruit and veggies and juices.

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    Old 10-27-2002, 11:38 AM   #2
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    I think I can safely say most Down's children have problems with constipation. And I've tried this,that and everything. What to do?
    For Amy (13) I keep my trusty bottle of Fletcher's Castoria close at hand. It's a natural laxative, tastes like root beer and it doesn't make her cramp up. I only have to use this with Amy about once a month now. (ExLax made her cramp real bad.)
    There is also prunes and plums and raisins if you can get your child to eat them. Amy won't.
    There are always enemas but I consider them seriously invasive and not worth the struggle, for parent OR child. Besides, it scares them.
    And last but not the least, the X. X- EX - EXERCISE!! Downs people have the same problem as old folks, I think. They don't move around alot. They need to exercise. It gets everything working. The more activity in Amy's day, the better for her.
    Oh, and I watch what she eats. If it's Mexican food day or Pizza Day and lotsa cheese is being eaten, I KNOW I'd better give her a couple spoonfuls of Fletcher's ...just as a precaution.
    Hope this helps.

    Old 10-27-2002, 09:23 PM   #3
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    You should try the prune juice, it will ease up the bowel movements. Also apply lot of Cetafil and Desitin in the rectum area as it gets really sore. Some times even if the stools aren't really hard they do have to strain (that was the case with our son). Doctor says that its b'cas of the low muscle tone of the intestine etc. Hope this helps.

    Old 10-27-2002, 10:00 PM   #4
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    Have you ever TASTED prune juice?? Ewwwwwwwwww!! LOL

    Old 10-28-2002, 11:02 AM   #5
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    Add more fiber, prunes, plums, peaches and apricots are great sources of fiber that are kid friendly too!

    Old 11-06-2002, 03:54 PM   #6
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    My daughter Brittany, age 12, was always constipated. She wouldn't fruit or veggies. About 2 years ago I took her to a gastroenterologist who discovered that Brittany was lactose intollerant. Now whenever she eats dairy foods, she takes a lactaid. It has helped a lot. She still only has a bowel movement once or twice a week, but she isn't uncomfortable and the pediatrician said as long as her stool isn't tiny, black, hard things, she isn't constipated, it's just her system.
    Also, glycerin suppositories helped when she was small, less invasive than enemas.
    Good luck.

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