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My toddler is showing signs of constipation during potty training, what can I do to help?

Hi everyone,

I'm a first-time mom and I've been potty training my 2-year-old daughter for the past few weeks. Recently, she's been showing signs of constipation and it's causing her discomfort during the process. I've noticed that she avoids using the toilet and complains of stomach pain.

I'm not sure what to do and I'm getting worried. I've tried giving her more water and a fiber-rich diet, but it doesn't seem to be helping much. I don't want my little one to suffer, so I'm reaching out to this forum for advice. What are some remedies or tips that have worked for you in similar situations? Thank you in advance for your help!

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devonte.powlowski

Greetings!

My son went through something similar during potty training, and we found that a few changes to his diet helped him a lot. To start with, we cut down on dairy products, which can cause constipation in some children. We added more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to his diet. We also gave him probiotics rich food such as yoghurt and kefir.

Another thing that helped was giving him warm baths or using a warm compress on his abdomen. This helped to relax his muscles and made it easier for him to pass stool. We also allowed him to squat instead of just sitting on the toilet, this made the process easier for him.

Lastly, we made sure to praise and reward him when he successfully used the toilet. This help to motivate him and reduce the stress that he was feeling about the whole process.

I hope these suggestions are helpful!

schuyler80

Hi there,

I've had a similar experience with my 3-year-old daughter during potty training. She was struggling with constipation and it was causing her pain during bowel movements. What helped us was giving her a small amount of prune juice mixed with water every day. This helped to soften her stool and make it easier for her to pass. We also made sure to give her plenty of water throughout the day to keep her hydrated.

Another thing that worked for us was giving her a small footstool to use when sitting on the toilet. This helped to put her in a position that made it easier for her to pass stool.

I hope these tips help and your little one feels better soon!

okon.kaya

Hello everyone,

During potty training, my daughter experienced constipation and it was a difficult time for all of us. What helped us was implementing a consistent bathroom routine. We encouraged her to use the toilet every day at around the same time, and this helped make bowel movements more regular.

We also found that gentle massage on her belly helped to stimulate bowel movement. We did this at regular intervals, especially when we noticed that she was struggling to pass stool.

Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds in her food also helped to regulate her bowel movements. Chia seeds are a good source of fiber and they help keep the digestive system healthy.

Finally, we made sure that our daughter took enough fluids. We offered more water and juices, and we avoided sugary drinks and foods that could make the constipation worse.

These are the things that worked for us, and I hope they can help other parents going through this challenging time.

ghills

Hi there,

My son also had difficulty with constipation during the potty training process. One thing that really helped us was implementing a reward system for him. We gave him stickers or small treats whenever he successfully used the toilet, regardless of whether or not he passed stool. This helped motivate him to try and use the toilet more often.

Another thing that worked well for us was using gentle laxatives when necessary. We consulted our pediatrician and they recommended using Miralax or other gentle stool softeners when our son was having difficulty. This helped to make the process less painful and more comfortable for him.

We also found that massaging his stomach or giving him a warm bath before using the toilet helped to relax him and make the process easier.

I hope these tips can be useful to other parents going through a similar experience. Remember to consult your child's pediatrician if you have any concerns about their constipation during potty training.

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