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Tag: chronic constipation remedies

Chronic Constipation Cures

Let’s talk about natural ways of dealing with chronic constipation.

Man sitting on the toilet

Chronic constipation leads to impaired digestion and may not only make you uncomfortable now, but can lead to malabsorption, nutrient deficiencies, colon cancer, and even autoimmune disorders later down the road. It’s crucial to act sooner rather than later to avoid more serious health issues.

Buddy Bears   Though these plant-based chewable laxatives are made for children, they work great for people of any age without any drugs or side effects. Take two Buddy Bears before bed to help ease constipation overnight. Repeat as necessary as this is not habit-forming. (Update: ReNew Life, the company that makes Buddy Bears, has re-named and re-formulated this product as Gentle Move Kids Colon Support. I am not certain the new product works as well as the original did, but it’s worth a try.)

Lacie Le Beau Super Dieters Tea  Lacie Le Beau is a senna-based tea in various herbal flavors that works fairly reliably to produce a bowel movement when the brewing directions are followed correctly. However, you may experience cramping and/or violent movements after drinking this tea. For best results, drink before bed and expect a bowel movement in the morning. BEWARE as senna can be habit-forming, so don’t use this more often than once a week and be sure to follow the suggestions below.

Water In the Morning   Start your day by chugging 18-24 oz. of room temperature water as quickly as possible. Practice visual imagery by imagining opening a fire hose and shooting water down through your bowels in a whoosh. Speed and gravity will help the rush of water clear clogged bowels and help instigate a bowel movement within the following hour.

Establish a Daily Pooping Time   Being “regular” means, by definition, following a schedule. In order to train your bowels to evacuate regularly, you’ll need to at least sit on the toilet for the same five-to-ten minutes every day. For most people, this will be in the morning within the first hour of waking and drinking water. Others may find their mornings too rushed and stressful and may choose a time before dinner, for example. The important thing is to be consistent and sit on the toilet even when it doesn’t feel like you need to go.

Avoid Hemorrhoids Don’t push or strain constantly during your pooping time; rather, try to relax and allow your colon to use peristalsis (muscular contractions of the colon) and gravity to move the stool to the anus. If you are unproductive within the allotted time, leave the bathroom and try again the next day during your regular pooping time.

If any of these suggestions have worked for you, please leave a comment below!

Natural Laxative for Occasional Constipation

This was a recent post in a mommies’ group:

Any advice? My 2 year old daughter is very constipated. She has been laying on her stomach for the past 2 hours, crying on and off. We are trying to get her to drink prune juice, but what else can we do?? She needs some relief ASAP! I was thinking an enema, but then I read about it online and someone posts a horror story. Not sure what to do.

This plea hit close to home for me. My adored son experienced constant, brutal constipation during the first six years of his life. It seems that more and more kids these days are chronically constipated; 100 years ago this wasn’t the case. Every time I turn around it feels like I hear of another child suffering like he did.

natural laxative for kids Buddy BearAs a mom, I often felt desperate to try to get him to empty his bowels and find some relief. We visited pediatricians, pediatric G.I. specialists, allergists, geneticists, and even x-rayed his colon to see if perhaps there was an anatomical reason behind his evacuation problems. Fortunately, all was well with his DNA and anatomically, except that his colon was swollen and distended and full of solid, impacted stool.When I saw that on the x-ray, it was clear that nothing we had tried to help him with the constipation up to this point had worked.

Before this moment we had tried every typical remedy for constipation. The pediatricians had all recommended daily doses of Miralax brand laxative, which had worked for a while initially, then had no effect. After a year, the only thing I was sure of was that he was not deficient in Miralax.

We had tried prunes and prune juice, giving him extra fiber, magnesium, and hydration. Nothing worked consistently, and I often had to resort to more extreme methods of a glycerin suppository, ExLax, senna tea, or the dreaded-and-not-guaranteed-to-work enema.

I’m telling you all this to assure you that I am an expert in constipation. It wasn’t until we finally realized that his constipation was due to a colon inflamed from hidden food sensitivities and changed his diet according to the results of his MRT food sensitivity test, that his constipation eased up and he became a free-flowing pooper. When he strays from his diet, the constipation returns 48 hours later like clockwork. As long as he has been back eating safe foods, it will be gone by the next morning, but sometimes when we travel or over holidays, he still needs a little help.

These days the only constipation remedy I reach for is Buddy Bear Gentle Lax Chewable Laxative for Kids. On the bottle is says: “Buddy Bear Gentle Lax contains magnesium and natural fig, prune, rhubarb and peach leaf to promote healthy elimination. Contains no yeast, wheat, corn, gluten, soy, salt or artificial ingredients.” Two chewable chocolate-flavored, bear-shaped tablets do wonders to gently clear a clogged colon overnight without any cramping or straining. I know they work well for adults, too, when facing occasional constipation! Gentle, natural, and effective.

Is Miralax helpful to ease constipation in children?

Pediatrician Dr. Claudia M. Gold calls Miralax a “bandaid” in an article published in today’s Boston Globe. She argues that Miralax doesn’t address the cause behind the constipation even if it can sometimes offer some relief.

I couldn’t agree more. After several long, painful years of trying to help my desperately constipated son with daily doses of Miralax, he wasn’t any closer to regularity and the one thing I knew for sure was that the problem was not a deficiency in miralax safe for kids

For the blissfully uninitiated, as the parent of a chronically constipated child the main advice offered by the mainstream medical community is daily Miralax plus mineral oil orally to make his poop chute slippery.

I couldn’t bring myself to pour mineral oil, a petroleum byproduct, into my son’s little body. I knew the constipation was bringing its own toxicity and the inorganic mineral oil would only add to that toxic load. I chose instead to supplement him with fish oil to help lubricate his pooper.

I clung to the idea that the Miralax, a manmade polymer called Polyethylene Glycol 3350, would help him far longer than I should have, but we were desperate. For him, it might have had some effect early on, but it did not provide a lasting solution. And Dr. Gold says that while Miralax is commonly prescribed for daily use with constipated children, it is only approved for use in adults to begin with. Hmmmph.

In the more holistic health community, we were advised to up his fiber (he eats tons of veggies and fiber supplements only made his constipation worse), increase his water intake (he drinks plenty), remove dairy (he’s been dairy-free for years), take magnesium, fish oil, vitamin E, senna, etc., etc., etc. None of it worked because none of these solutions addressed what turned out to be his real problem: an inflamed colon due to loss of oral tolerance resulting in a multitude of food sensitivities.

Once we identified the 41 (forty-one!) food culprits through MRT testing and changed him to a customized anti-inflammatory diet, the changes were amazing. The constipation eased and pooping became daily and painless for him. Within 2 months he had grown 2.5 inches and gained 15 lbs — giving us a convincing testament that this was finally the right path to help him.

Dr. Gold, unfortunately, does not even mention that food sensitivities could cause constipation. I’m not surprised as the study of food sensitivities is a recent field, and the most modern, high-tech, and reliable testing food sensitivity identification methods are largely unknown to doctors because the testing company decided that rather than investing in an expensive sales force to visit doctor’s offices and convince them of the test’s efficacy, they would choose instead to work with those who already know about nutrition, like Registered Dieticians and Nutritionists, and keep the cost of testing more accessible to those who are suffering.

Now, three years into his “new” way of eating, my son is only constipated when he eats something he shouldn’t have 48 hours previously. The best part is that it no longer requires heroic action from laxatives like Miralax or Ex-lax to address the constipation as it will clear up on its own by the next day if he has been back to eating his safe foods.

Yes, as Dr. Gold points out, there was a psychological element to the constipation as well that had to be addressed concurrently with dietary therapy, but my son’s emotional issues surrounding pooping had a lot more to do with what he was eating and how it made him feel physically than with his need to feel in control of his body as a willful toddler. He literally couldn’t help it.

Is Miralax helpful for addressing constipation in children? Maybe, if used infrequently to address a rare bout of constipation. But viewing it as a “cure” to a kid’s chronic constipation is like slapping a bandaid on a constant rash and pronouncing it cured. Maybe you can cover it up for a time and pretend it has gone away, but if you don’t address the root cause then underneath the problem still remains.