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My child is constipated. What can I do?

Please note that the following advice is intended just to get you through the night. Constipation is often a chronic problem, and if this is the case, please call in the morning to schedule an appointment to discuss this issue further.

<1mo: First of all, keep in mind that it is sometimes normal for babies not to pass a stool for up to 3 days. As long as the stools are soft and not small, hard balls, this is nothing to worry about it. If your baby is passing hard stools, then you may give 1oz prune juice mixed with 1oz water. You may do this 1-2x/day for 2-3 days. You may also give over-the-counter simethicone drops to help with gas. A warm bath can also be helpful.

1mo - 2yrs: You may give your child 2-4oz (limit to 2oz if under 6mo of age) of juice to help. The most effective juices (in decreasing order of effectiveness) are: prune, prune/apple, apple, dark grape, and pear. If no results with juice alone, you may administer a small piece of an over-the-counter glycerin suppository. You may also give over-the-counter simethicone drops to help with gas.

2yrs - 5yrs: You may give your child 4-6oz of juice to help. The most effective juices (in decreasing order of effectiveness) are: prune, prune/apple, apple, dark grape, and pear. You may also give one dose of over-the-counter milk of magnesia 1/2 - 2tsp. Over-the-counter simethicone drops can be given to help with gas.

6yrs - 11yrs: You may give your child 6-8oz of juice to help. The most effective juices (in decreasing order of effectiveness) are: prune, prune/apple, apple, dark grape, and pear. You may also give one dose of over-the-counter milk of magnesia 1tbsp. Over-the-counter simethicone drops or capsules can be given to help with gas.

12yrs - young adult: You may give 8oz of juice to help. The most effective juices (in decreasing order of effectiveness) are: prune, prune/apple, apple, dark grape, and pear. You may also give one dose of over-the-counter milk of magnesia 2tbsp. Over-the-counter simethicone capsules can be given to help with gas.