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mineral oil for constipation

post #1 of 12
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my poor little guy has always had a prblem with constipation - and it has made potty training almost impossible.
Dh has been researching and found articles that recommend using a mineral oil to help keep him loose, so he won't be afraid to go on the potty.
-- is there anyone out there that has tried using something like this for their kids????
post #2 of 12
i WOULD CHECK WITH YOUR PED OR PHARMACIST FIRST USING LAXATIVES CAN CAUSE U TO BECOME ADDICTED AND UNABLE TO MOVE ON YOUR OWN WITH LONG TERM USE,MY DAUGHTER ALWAYS HAD PROBS WHEN SHE WAS LITTLE .WE JUST ADDED MORE FRUIT AND FIBER TO HER DIET.
post #3 of 12
When my DS was young and having trouble with hard stools, his pediatrician started him on miralax. At that time it was with a prescription, but it's now an over the counter medication you add to liquid. But I agree that I wouldn't give a child that young anything without discussing it with my pediatrician first.
post #4 of 12
My dd had constipation problems as a toddler. Mineral oil was one of the treatments suggested by the doctor. It worked but was very messy and I wouldn't do it again except as a very last resort.
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It slicked up her entire intestinal tract and made her anus "leaky". She'd soil her sheets with oil overnight, her underwear during the day, etc. It was just very gross.
post #5 of 12
I wouldn't give him mineral oil without first talking to your ped...is this a chronic thing with him?

Have you tried increasing his fiber (and liquid) intake? Have you tried those cinnamon wafer cookies by Metamucil? That might be a gentler approach to try to see if it works and then if not, you can talk to your ped for more suggestions.
post #6 of 12
My mom used to give us mineral oil for occasional constipation. It tastes NASTY, so be sure to have juice handy to wash it down with and get the taste out of his mouth.
If it's a constant thing, you might want to look at hs diet - is he getting plenty of fresh fruits and veggies?
post #7 of 12
I agree with others, talk to your pediatrician, and mineral oil tastes nasty. My oldest had problems with constipation and we gave her a low dose of MOM every couple days, and that worked for her.
post #8 of 12
PRUNES!! They have worked well for us. DS likes them quite well, too. We've really tried to increase fruit and fiber. We do use miralax when things really don't seem to be moving. I feel for you--good luck.
post #9 of 12
Karo corn syrup also works very well (without the gross mess). My dd had very hard stools when she was about 3. My Scottish granny suggested it instead of the mineral oil and, by golly, it worked. I would just put a teaspoonful in her sippy cup with juice or water and shake it. There was never a problem with her taking it because it didn't taste bad, either! My granny has a lot of remedies like that, back in Scotland she lived far from town, so they improvised a lot.
post #10 of 12
Oh, baby food prunes and prune juice worked, too!
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