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What should be given to a 1 year old for constipation?

My 1 year old son has been constipated for the past three days he was given a multivitamin supplement with iron because he was found a little anemic. What can I give him to help him get all of the stool out of his body as fast as possible? Or loosen stool?
Wed, 15 Jan 2014
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Pediatrician 's  Response
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Some kids develop constipation after Iron formulations.

Give him plenty of fluids like plain water/ juices/ coconut water/ soups etc. Give him plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fibre and fluids are the things which will help him pass soft stools.

In case if he does not pass stool even after the above said measures, then he might need Stool softeners like Lactulose. Suppositories of glycerine can also be used. Please get your doctor's advice before using these medications.

Hope my answer helps.
Best wishes.
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General & Family Physician Dr. T Shobha Deepak's  Response
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Majority of the cause of constipation in children is related to diet factors. Its more common among those children who have the following
1. Diet mainly consists of milk based feeds
2. Decreased intake of water
3. improper weaning diet

I would suggest you the following which will definitely help

1. Reassessment of symptoms by Pediatric Surgeon: Who would like to rule out fissure in anus or Hirschsprung's disease as cause of symptoms
2. Ensuring adequate intake of water: One cup of plain water 1 hour before and one hour after feeds will ensure adequate intake of water which will help in making the consistency of stools soft
3. High fiber diet: 2 serving of vegetable salad and citrus fruits a day will be very helpful in ensuring adequate fiber intake

In case you need any further assistance, will be glad to assist you.

Wishing you happy and healthy life

Take Care

Best Regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
MBBS,MD
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What should be given to a 1 year old for constipation?

Hi Some kids develop constipation after Iron formulations. Give him plenty of fluids like plain water/ juices/ coconut water/ soups etc. Give him plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fibre and fluids are the things which will help him pass soft stools. In case if he does not pass stool even after the above said measures, then he might need Stool softeners like Lactulose. Suppositories of glycerine can also be used. Please get your doctor s advice before using these medications. Hope my answer helps. Best wishes.