From: Jeff on
Dad wrote:
> A while ago there was a thread about some laxatives for kids;
> non-habit forming and non-addictive. It is available OTC.
> I can't find that. I tried Benefiber chew able tablets,
> they seem to give him a bloated tummy. This is for a 6yr old.

Why does your kid need a laxative? What signs and symptoms does your son
have? How often does he poop? And his poop hard, dry, moist, etc.? Does
he have to push a lot?

Jeff
From: dejablues on

"Dad" <dadxq(a)nowhere.com> wrote in message
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>A while ago there was a thread about some laxatives for kids;
> non-habit forming and non-addictive. It is available OTC.
> I can't find that. I tried Benefiber chew able tablets,
> they seem to give him a bloated tummy. This is for a 6yr old.

What does his pediatrician say?


From: Nan on
On Wed, 23 Jul 2008 23:25:31 GMT, Dad <dadxq(a)nowhere.com> wrote:

>A while ago there was a thread about some laxatives for kids;
>non-habit forming and non-addictive. It is available OTC.
>I can't find that. I tried Benefiber chew able tablets,
>they seem to give him a bloated tummy. This is for a 6yr old.

I wouldn't give a 6 year old a commercial laxative. You can buy dried
fruit in a mix with other dried fruits, or singly, such as raisins,
apricots or prunes.

Nan
From: Shelley on

"Tai" <tainuitiDELETE(a)gmail.com.invalid> wrote in message
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> JennP. wrote:
>> On 23 Jul 2008 18:19:32 -0700, Banty <Banty_member(a)newsguy.com> wrote:
>>
>>> In article <L5Phk.128774$gc5.62542(a)pd7urf2no>, Dad says...
>>>>
>>>> A while ago there was a thread about some laxatives for kids;
>>>> non-habit forming and non-addictive. It is available OTC.
>>>> I can't find that. I tried Benefiber chew able tablets,
>>>> they seem to give him a bloated tummy. This is for a 6yr old.
>>>
>>> High fiber foods like bran muffins, figs, most other dried fruits.
>>>
>>> Banty
>>
>> Also, plenty of water, fresh fruits and veggies. If the problem is
>> caused by the 6yo not eating fruits and veggies, I'd definitly
>> reccomend the dried fruit.
>
> Yep. A little cardboard box of sultanas (raisins) or mixed dried fruit and
> nuts eaten each day might be a good start to get things moving. I'd up the
> water intake as well because sometimes children that age get by on a few
> mouthfuls of liquid a day, become dehydrated and the moisture gets drawn
> out of their stools.

My son has a problem with going as well. He's 6 you like the OP's child. I
know that increasing his fibre and water intake will help but he fights me
on some of these foods. I can get some extra fibre in him because he does
like fruits and such but what is the next best thing to water that might be
OK. I know water is best but I can only get him to drink so much. What
else might be OK for liquids. Also, what foods should he avoid (other than
the obvious junk food). Cheese? Anything else.

Also, my husband has suggested stool softeners on occasion. Would this be
OK?


--
Shelley
mom to 2 boys (6 and 3)



From: Nan on
On Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:57:44 -0300, "Shelley"
<swarman(a)nospam.myself.com> wrote:

>My son has a problem with going as well. He's 6 you like the OP's child. I
>know that increasing his fibre and water intake will help but he fights me
>on some of these foods. I can get some extra fibre in him because he does
>like fruits and such but what is the next best thing to water that might be
>OK. I know water is best but I can only get him to drink so much. What
>else might be OK for liquids. Also, what foods should he avoid (other than
>the obvious junk food). Cheese? Anything else.

I would avoid bananas as well.


>Also, my husband has suggested stool softeners on occasion. Would this be
>OK?

Not in my opinion. Ask your pediatrician first, but there is a
product called Fiber Sure, from Metamucil. It is a powder that can be
mixed into just about *anything* and it is tasteless and odorless.
I've used it for myself regularly, and my whole family on occasion. I
can mix it into dinner and they don't even know ;-)
As I said, check with the doctor first before giving it to your son.

Nan

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