I can't bear to see my kids in pain, and when that pain also involves them struggling (or refusing) to use the bathroom, it's the worst — maybe even the hardest — part of parenting. When my kids were constipated, I was willing to try pretty much anything to help. I know how horrible constipation can be and didn't want to see them suffer. So, I asked about it on social media, hoping other moms would share what actually worked for their constipated toddlers. As a result, you don't have to post the same poop-involved question on your social media page. You're welcome.
Turns out, when you ask about poop on the internet you should be prepared to hear a wide range of advice. It seemed like everyone had a super secret trip or trick for me to try. I heard practical advice — like adding fiber to your little one's diet, increasing non-dairy fluids, and asking your doctor about laxatives — but I also received some pretty bizarre suggestions, like taking a rectal temperature. Yikes. By far my favorite (and most effective) advice is that "P" foods help kids poop. So, if my kids are constipated, I give them pears, peaches, or prunes. It pretty much works about as well as cheap coffee works for me. My number two fail-safe solution is also pretty simple, but not for the weak of heart. I discovered — the hard way — that a warm bath has a laxative effect on toddlers. It did the job, but it was absolutely disgusting, you guys. I was able to scrub the tub clean, but I will never scrub that image from my mind.
So, if you have a constipated toddler and need some ideas on how to help them out, read on for the best advice moms had to offer. Sure, motherhood is gross, but moms really know their sh*t. Yes, pun intended.