Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Remedy for Constipation

I wish someone had told me this before I started my son on potty training! No one in my family knew what to do when my son decided to "hold" his poo poo for two whole weeks rather than put it in the toilet! We had him potty trained and wearing underpants in three days (see our potty training section) but after two times of doing poo poo in the toilet, he started holding it and refused to go at all.

His pediatrician said this is VERY common and that he had seen kids go three to four weeks holding poo poo. So, I decided that even though he was two years old, I was going to put Gerber baby food back into his diet. So, at lunch, he got Gerber Stage 2 fruit as a "treat" every day. He also was given Mott's Natural Applesauce mixed with Gerber Stage 1 Prunes as a dessert after dinner. It's very important you use the natural applesauce as there isn't any sugar added which can actually bind them up worse.

Within two days, he couldn't hold it anymore and was doing poo poo on the toilet again. My son is now 3.5 years old and still gets the Gerber fruit for a lunch "treat" and the applesauce and prunces as his dessert every night. He loves it and the highly concentrated fruit helps move things along! This turned out to be the saving grace in the house!