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Posted by Janet L. on October 15, 2000 at 20:50:47:

In Reply to: janet L. response posted by Amy on October 15, 2000 at 14:52:19:

: :I have tried the karo syrup with no luck, any other ideas?

: : Hello, I have always had problems with constipation since early childhood, now my 4 year old and 4 month old are both have great difficutly with this problem. The oldest has been on mineral oil for 2 years and is going for the scope next month, the younger has been taking a laxitive for 2 months now. The GI wants to do the scope to see why the constipation still continues even after a menu and diet change and pushing liquids. I was just wondering if something could be heridtary and mabye I passed something down? Ever heard of this anyone? My mom also has problems.

: : Hi Amy. I can relate to you. I have four kids, and they all have suffered from constipation. I have always had the problem, and everyone on my mother's side does/did too. I am bothered, however, that your pediatrician would advise you to give your four month old a laxative. In the long run, this will damage his/her colon. The colon will become dependent on it, and will not work on it's own. The same is true for adults. One thing that worked well for my kids is to put a little Karo syrup mixed with water in a bottle. This worked everytime. They like it because it is sweet. Hope this helps. Take Care, Janet L.

Wow, I'm am suprised the Karo didn't work for you. I tried apple juice once, and gave him too much, and it gave him diarrhea. I fed it to him all day. If you have tried the Karo, then I am sure you tried the juice! I just don't know what else to tell you. I wish I could help! I just hate the idea of a four month old getting a laxative. Harry is really into fiber for adults, I wonder if he has any ideas for babies. Harry? I am hesitant to give you this other idea, but I will tell you anyway. My niece had a severe problem with constipation, and my sister in laws ped. told her to VERY GENTLY insert a rectal thermometer, with vasoline on it, into the baby's rectum, then move it around JUST A LITTLE. This worked for her. I guess it stimulated peristalsis, which is the contraction of the bowel to expel the feces. Please check with your doctor before doing this, though. It is an invasive procedure, and needs to be done with extreme caution. This was my sister in laws last choice. Good Luck, Janet

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