I know that no one in their right mind goes around wishing for shi* to happen and I could be the very exception.
You see since May this year, 3 months ago, Sophie had a bout of constipation which has left her terrified of pooing. Back then her poo would be so hard that she’ll cry for a good 15-20 mins before she finally makes a deposit. Coincidentally, it was also about that time that she became a picky eater and would pick out the greens in her food and tell you that she doesn’t want them. Guess I spoke to soon when I said we never had an issue with her diet.
So the first thing we did was to change her milk powder from Mamil Gold to Friso which I understand to be more gentle on the tummy. That worked… but only for a week or so when she started to display a fear for pooing. Somehow the constipation episode left such a bad memory that she’ll cry whenever she needs to poo and would use all her might to hold it back.
Thanks to my well meaning friends from FaceBook, I received plenty of tips and remedies to try.
Here’s a list of them
- Changed milk powder from Mamil Gold to Friso
- Prune juice. We diluted it with water as we found it too sweet
- Dragon Fruit
- Vitagen/ Yakult
- Lactus prescribed by the PD and he mentioned it can be taken daily to soften the stools
- Probiotics- Primadophilus from Nature’s Way
- Ru Yi oilment
- Stickers as rewards
- iPad as reward
- Books on going to the toilet, potty training
- Threats even when our patience were worn down by her constant crying
On a good day, she’ll find that she can no longer hold it back and just let it out all after crying for a while. On a bad day, it can even take up to half an hour or coaxing, persuading, encouraging, motivating and praising a crying toddler and still nothing happens.
And for me, my mood can swing from being totally heart wrenched to down right frustrated to watch her cry in pain and still refuse to poo no matter what we do.
So last Sunday, we decided to switch things up and get a new potty for her. And I’m happy to share that she’s getting a bit more interested and earned herself a big fat star for pooing in the new potty!
Keep it up Sophie!
Do you have any success stories or advise to share on dealing with constipation? I would love to hear from you!