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    So my 1 year old has had constipation issues pretty much since she was born. She was exclusively breastfed until 6 months where solids were introduced along with breastfeeding. I have tried eliminating things from my diet. Adding other things to my diet. Supplementing. Adding more water to my day. Giving her more water. Bone broth for her and myself. Ferments. Homeopathics. I’m at a loss. I’ll be taking her to the chiropractor in hopes of relief, but I’m certain she has some healing that needs to happen. I just don’t know what else to do. I don’t give her any grains but she does eat potatoes. I don’t think the starch is causing it but probably not helping? I don’t know. I know eliminating things from my diet has been hard because I’m practically starving most of the time. Any ideas?


    Sorry to hear that. My 7 year old son has been constipated all his life. He has a genetic condition (Costello syndrome) and constipation is pretty typical of the condition, because one of its features is low muscle tone (hypotonia). Doctors prescribe Miralax. After consulting a naturopath, we have been able to manage his constipation by avoiding dairy (after an elimination diet) and supplementing with l-carnitine (for hypotonia) and magnesium (for general constipation).

    My ideas for you would be:
    1) try eliminating dairy for a while. Obviously don’t starve yourself and keep plenty of other quick snacks on hand. I’m BF’in too, and I like to have dates, cookies, coconut butter and bananas, etc, as easy-grab snacks.

    2) ask your practitioner to help you find a suitable supplement. Mag works for us, high-dose vitamin C (like Hydro-c) might work for you (it did not help my son). Ask him/her to for help in dosing and monitoring the effects.

    Good luck!


    Constipation in someone that young needs to be screened for congenital diseases. Did the hospital where he was born check his condition? Did he ever require an enema?

    Is the problem lack of peristalsis or Bristol Chart 1 type of stool? If it’s lack of movement, tinkering with the diet will not help. You’ll fist need to rule out nerve problems like Hirschsprung’s disease, which will impair his transit and execretion, before considering dietary intervention.

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