The photos I am posting have nothing to do with the subject matter. They are photos of wildflowers and blossoms in our yard that prove that spring has FINALLY arrived. Once you read what I am writing about, you will be so excited that I did not post photos of the subject matter that you just may want to kiss me. A hug will do just fine.

I am a regular girl. By “regular”, I do not mean that I am dull and boring (Though I truly am!) or that I watch shows such as The Hills, The Bachelor, or even The Gilmore Girls. I am sure they are all lovely, but there are only so many TV hours in a week, and I choose to spend them on The Office, LOST, Heroes and House (sometimes).

By “regular” I am referring to Bowel Movements, or BM’s as they were. I have them daily. Yes, I grace the porcelain throne every day (sometimes more than once) and do my “business”. Shut up. You do it too. I do mine in about twenty seconds flat, if you really want to know. Nothing changed when I was pregnant, either. Constipation is apparently a common side-effect of growing another human being in your uterus. But for me? Not a problem. I dumped daily. Yay!

Honey (who will cringe AND DIE when he reads this) is also regular. Daily pooping. Huzzah!

The boys? Yep. Regular. They are also funny in that when one decides they have to drop a load, they other gets the same urge. They are like dogs. They will be in separate bathrooms, doing their business. Then they both yell at the same time, “I’m DOOOOONE!”


See? Nothing to do with the subject matter. Hugs?

Miss Emily is a different creature altogether.

She eats the same balanced diet as the rest of us, but has an issue with the pooping. She has for as long as I can remember. When she was a baby we would actually hold her legs back (ala labour) and help her birth a poop. She had gotten all ladylike in her old age and will not be party to such nonsense.

Yellow wildflowers

She only poops once every two or three days. It takes a good day or so of working to get it out. She goes through spurts of bearing down, face all red, trying to squeeze it into being. I will ask her if she’s pooping, to which I get a solid, “NO!”


Finally, she will get it out. Usually in the bathtub. AWESOME. The dudes will start screaming and jumping ship. Good times, good times.

The log will be six inches long, and solid as a rock. It’s unbelievable, really.


See? NO PHOTOS OF POOP. You are welcome.

I do not know what to do to help this girl of mine. It is not that she doesn’t poop. Her poop is just hard and, um, HUGE. I have tried to give her apple juice, but she prefers water (my kids are not big juice drinkers). She loves cheese (mmmm…cheese…), but I have limited her access. My friend Karen recommended Activia yogurt, but Emily will only take a bite or two.

We find that when she is backed up, her appetite is almost non-existent. She’s FULL, and wants no more. I cannot figure out how to help her. I have been told I could try a suppository, but the thought of sticking a foreign object up her butt seems a little, I don’t know, violating.

If you have any less invasive tips, I would sure love to hear them.

Miss Emily

Miss Emily will be most appreciative as well, I am sure.

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  1. Hannah May 14, 2008 12:41 am edit

    I am glad you didn’t post poop pictures.
    Ethan was constipated a couple of times as a baby, and we were told to use suppositories. Like you, I was not overjoyed with the prospect of pushing something like that into my baby’s bum. However, I mustered up the courage, and did it.

    They worked.

    Never had a problem since!

    Hannah’s last blog post..The Present

  2. Loralee May 14, 2008 1:00 am edit

    I have SUCH “Excrement” issues that I just prefer to pretend that it doesn’t actually occur and is all a vast, left-wing conspiracy.


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  3. Fred Vanderbom May 14, 2008 1:05 am edit

    Yup, thanks for keeping it to the flowery pictures.
    But also the details – one of the things we pass talking about.
    We have the same issues – I and several of our tribe are absolutely daily but Helen and the others are like Emily.
    Four pregnancies haven’t changed a thing.
    We find diet helps a lot but doesn’t make irregulars regular. My metabolism is just fast. Helen keeps off the tablets and we find a high raw or semi-cooked veg diet and variety both help: vegies and fruit high on vitamin C (citrus, tomato, red peppers/capsicum) and also those that irritate the bowel somewhat (hot chillies, pepper and other hot spices). The latter may be too much for your delightful Miss E. Cabbage causes constipation.
    And for a change the old stand-bys high on roughage (prunes, nuts and dates).
    Although I mustn’t overdo this diet (daily is enough) I can still enjoy it.

  4. Kuky May 14, 2008 3:17 am edit

    Somehow I completely missed the entire first paragraph of this post. :) I went back and saw it after completely reading the entire page. Thank you for not posting poop pictures.

    And sorry I don’t have any suggestions. Maybe more water? See…I don’t have a clue.

    Kuky’s last blog post..Super Baby!!!

  5. witchypoo May 14, 2008 4:26 am edit

    Your rhubarb should be ready to harvest. Stewed rhubarb is known to bring on labour for women who are due (really) and if you sweeten it properly, Emily may enjoy it. I like it with toast, but I don’t need it for poopy reasons.
    Or, you can make a crumble out of it too.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Get Out Much?

  6. Lindsey May 14, 2008 5:14 am edit

    I use probiotics for my son. He has the same problem as Emily without them. I give him half of a capsule mixed into his applesauce or yogurt daily. My pediatrician recommended Claire’s Probiotics for him and they have helped tremendously! He is 20 months old, so I would assume that Miss Emily would do fine on half of a capsule as well. My pediatrician told me I could increase it to a full capsule if necessary, but to increase the amount slowly to avoid diarrhea.

  7. Emily May 14, 2008 5:48 am edit

    What about All Bran bars? Does your family ever snack on granola bars? It might be a good change for her! They have little ‘snack bites’ too in cinnamon and strawberry.

    I don’t know what else to suggest, I’m just as ‘regular’ as you are (and trust me, my WHOLE DAY is thrown off if anything goes against plan!)

  8. MaryBeth @ Four Silly Sisters May 14, 2008 6:00 am edit

    I cut back on all dairy and then if necessary give my girls who are 21 months old raisins. They always seem to help.

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  9. Beth May 14, 2008 6:26 am edit

    What about mixing some fiber supplements into her water…like Metamucil (do you have Metamucil in Canada?)? They have flavorless ones, and I’d think that would help with the constipation. And I’ve learned with my son (almost 3), that if he has too much dairy of any sort, he’ll have bowel problems for days. Just a thought.

  10. Holly May 14, 2008 7:06 am edit

    Try taking her temp with a rectal thermometer. Well, you don’t need to turn it on, but you get the drift. Apparently that stimulates the bowels and you may feel better about doing that than the suppository.

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  11. sizzle May 14, 2008 7:36 am edit

    Poor girl! I hope you can find a way to help her. I remember being in the bath tub as a kid and my sister pooping and me screaming GET ME OUT OF HERE! Ha.

    Thanks for not posting photos of the subject matter. I have not had breakfast yet.

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  12. Stacey May 14, 2008 7:47 am edit

    My daughter is about the same age and has a pooping problem too. DON’T do the suppositories unless you have to – they are habit forming and she’ll stop being able to go without them. I’ve found that the biggest help has been limiting high fat foods (mine also loves the cheese!) and going for fiber fiber fiber in the diet. When I make spaghetti or pasta, I buy a special high fiber brand. Same goes for bread – I buy the kind that has added fiber. I make sure that she eats a fruit or veggie with every meal. Sometimes I’ll give her some prune juice mixed 1/2 with water if she’s actually backed up. I’ve found that apple juice actually makes the problem WORSE (as do applesauce, bananas, and rice), so I give her pear juice or cranberry mixed with water. I also make sure she always has access to water so she stays hydrated. Anyhow, all this keeps her going about once a day now. When we have problems, we give her a 1/2 teaspoon of Miralax in her bottle, which is a really mild laxative and stool softener, so it makes it easier to pass. Don’t know if it’s sold under the same name up there, but it was recommended by our doctor and seems to work gently when we need it.

    Sorry for the rambling post. I read your blog all the time and just thought I’d let you know what works for us!!

    Stacey’s last blog post..On Being a Mom

  13. songsinblue May 14, 2008 8:41 am edit

    I feel for your boys. I’m still scarred from the one time Chad decided to do #2 in the bathtub, “Mommy? Why are there raisins in the tub?”

    Poor Emily! I don’t have any clever suggestions, because I’m, apparently, the only one in the world who doesn’t keep track of my BM’s….so I wouldn’t even know where to start.
    Hope she gets better soon!

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  14. 180/360 May 14, 2008 8:45 am edit

    I’m sorry to hear you are going through this. We had the same problem with Ava when she was about 18 months old. I am sure part of it was because her meatless diet only included foods made of cheese and she wouldn’t hardly touch a vegetable. Nonetheless, her diet hasn’t changed a bit, but she poops fine 3 years later! :)

    But back then, it got so bad that she would hold it in even longer because of the fear of pain, making it even worse. We tried juices, prunes, applesauce, yogurt- all things she ate anyway but nothing helped. In the end and against my wishes, we had to infuse her food with Benefiber (a powdered fiber supplement) and we’d put a teaspoon of mineral oil into things like macaroni and cheese. I didn’t want to give her anything but this was all that worked and as soon as she realized it didn’t hurt if she went regularly, we stopped.

    Coming from someone who doesn’t take or give out medicine unless it’s ABSOLUTELY necessary, this method did work for us, was not habit forming and it helped soften the stool enough so it wasn’t so painful which helped her not be so scared.

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  15. Mel May 14, 2008 8:59 am edit

    Keenan has had pooping issues for a long time, and Haylei off and on too. I took Keenan to a pediatrician and she told us to get “Lactulose” you can get it at the pharmacy at any drug store. It is behind the counter but you don’t need a prescription you just ask for it. Check out this link for more info. Keenan was on it for about 2 months and it totally cleared him out and took the pain away (he was is big pain sometimes from it). We haven’t given him any in about 6 weeks to 2 months now and he is still doing good.


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  16. Marianne May 14, 2008 9:38 am edit

    Benefibre! :D It dissolves into almost anything, and doesn’t have a nasty taste.

    Also – that Activia stuff… ugh. It gives me the runs! Just say no to Activia!

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  17. hills May 14, 2008 9:56 am edit

    My sister has the same problem. My dad says that when she was a baby her poop was the length of her leg. It never went away though, and now she suffers from the “unflushables”
    Poor lady. Hopefully Emily’s issue resolves itself before she’s in her twenties.

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  18. Jen May 14, 2008 10:10 am edit

    Okay, so I haven’t read the other comments to see what they’ve said, but when Liliana was backed up a little while ago, my doctor gave me a laxative-ish orange bottle of some kind of sugar. It’s supposed to go RIGHT THROUGH and take all waste with it. I can’t remember the name of it though …

    OH! I read up a couple comments. It’s LACTULOSE! (I’m pretty sure anyway … I have no memory!)

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  19. ali May 14, 2008 10:57 am edit

    my emily suffers from this too.
    doctor recommended more water. so we convince her to drink tons. it seems to help her :)

  20. Elizabeth May 14, 2008 11:14 am edit

    Poor baby. Wishing you well on that one…

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  21. Ashley Stone May 14, 2008 11:58 am edit

    For us when Bethany is backed up beyond relief a good dill pickle or two does the trick. Ingested not inserted of course. I have no idear why this works so well but for her it’s a matter of an hour later and her bowels are clean and content again.

    Ashley Stone’s last blog post..Slackers and Smells

  22. The Over-Thinker May 14, 2008 12:49 pm edit

    Two words:
    Prune Juice.

    Two more words:
    Stand Back.

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  23. Amanda Franks May 14, 2008 12:52 pm edit

    Totally humourous and serious at the same time! Loved this post. We have the same issue with Belle, (that girl has clogged all our toilets multiple times). All these comments were nice to read too, to hear others struggling the same way and some helpful hints! One commenter said ‘just say no to Activia’, and Brooklyn, our regular pooper ate Activia for a week and poo’d so often I will make sure she never eats it again! Maybe it’s just too strong for kids cuz it doesn’t bother my hubby at all. Glad to hear The Shat wont be stopping by your house for any fibre challenges! :)

  24. rachel May 14, 2008 1:19 pm edit

    Pear juice 100% pear juice worked some very explosive miracles for our youngest.

    The pics are gorgeous and the content… :-)

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  25. Kristin May 14, 2008 3:08 pm edit

    Poor Emily. :( I have no advice I have not (yet) had to deal with a constipated child.

    I found the post humorous (the parts that you intended to be funny) and I too am glad that you chose flower pictures instead of…

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  26. steph h May 14, 2008 3:52 pm edit

    a “regular” reader of your blog- i like your candidness.

    what about trying red river cereal? it’s porridge with flax seeds and all kinds of good stuff. just make sure to add lots of brown sugar and dried cranberries to make it taste better!

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  27. Kami May 14, 2008 4:22 pm edit

    THANK you for no pictures of the poo. Really. From the bottom of my heart. I owe you a hug next time I see you.

    Jack used to have this exact problem. He went 10 days once. You want awesome. Yup, that kid was awesome. He was so happy go lucky.

    That was sarcasm in case you missed it :-)

    For him, it was dairy that was bunging him up. Switched him to soy milk and wahla! No more rock hard logs.

    Although apparently soy is bad for you. I personally haven’t seen any convincing research to this effect but there are those who oppose it.


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  28. Kami May 14, 2008 4:25 pm edit

    I just read the comments and lactulose is also a good suggestion. We used it with Jack but it didn’t work at all… he has a milk intolerance of some kind but it is worth a try.

    Kami’s last blog post..Little o this

  29. metalia May 14, 2008 5:16 pm edit

    Poor kiddo…no advice, unfortunately, but I hope one of your lovely commenters has suggested something that’ll do the trick!

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  30. Lisa May 14, 2008 6:01 pm edit

    (((HUGS))) Thank you.

    I’ve heard that apple juice actually helps to bind them up more? But raw apples or apple CIDER is supposed to help.

    Lots and lots of water.

    What about those cinnamon fiber wafers? They are kinda like breakfast bars…hmmm, I’m not sure you have them up there. But worth a shot. They came highly recommended to me after I had Lucas and had some problems.

    Flax seed is also supposed to help.

    Good luck :)

    Lisa’s last blog post..Chaos I tell ya! But dang I have cute kids!

  31. joyce May 14, 2008 7:03 pm edit

    Awww, poor girl. Hudson had problems like that too. My sister still makes fun of me for bringing him to the doctor when he hadn’t pooed in 8 days in a row! What about lots of fresh pears and plums?

    joyce’s last blog post..my little mummy!

  32. Beth May 14, 2008 8:11 pm edit

    Hi I love reading your blog so much here in Wales please don’t stop! I have just gone private readership because of family and feel like such a half weight! My youngest had this problem till she was fourish and then it just sorted itself out….I loved the bath bit because thats what she did too…and I’m glad I didn’t have a blog at the time or I would have posted photos….maybe family have a point! I don’t know you but thank you! Lots of prayers and love for your beautiful family. Bethxx

  33. slynnro May 14, 2008 9:46 pm edit

    Oh, Emily, I’m SO THERE. I feel your pain. ALL THE TIME. Sometimes, I need invasive measures. It really isn’t a big deal. Trust me, it’s better than the alternative.

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  34. christy May 14, 2008 10:01 pm edit

    First photo…Fabulous. You have such an eye for flower pics!

  35. Michele May 14, 2008 10:11 pm edit

    Hugs!!! Thank you for the pictures of the flowers! I’ve heard prune’s work and I know for a fact that All Bran bars work!

  36. Heidi F May 15, 2008 9:09 am edit

    Pediatric suppositories are really small, not invasive at all and work really well. We resorted to them about half a dozen times when our babies were small.

  37. Lindsay May 15, 2008 10:23 am edit

    Sometimes too much fiber can be a problem! The great thing about fiber is that it slows down digestion, which is why it helps to have a high fiber diet, you are fuller longer! But for some people it can be too much of a good thing! Everything slows way down!! Miss Emily might need a little more oil to help move things along. Someone above mentioned mineral oil, but olive oil or veggie oil might do the trick too!

  38. angella May 15, 2008 1:16 pm edit

    Thanks everyone!

    We’ve been trying a few things (including soy milk), and she pooped last night. Yay!

    She cried the whole time, though. BOO!

    Here’s hoping things start moving better :)

  39. Carolyn May 15, 2008 10:42 pm edit

    Sorry if somebody has already said this, but peaches, peaches and more peaches. They are amazing for getting things moving. Peach juice too. Although stay away from anything with added sugar because that will “clog up the works” again. The best part is that peaches taste great (much better than prunes), so Emily is sure to gobble them up! Watch out though. They work quick!

    Carolyn’s last blog post..not an old bag.

  40. Arla May 16, 2008 5:30 am edit

    My little cousin has the same problem. He was on a prescription fiber (tastes like bubble gum) but they are now going to try Konsyl fiber powder. It’s like Metamucil but it has no other junk in it (no sugar, chemicals). You can mix it in a little yogurt or applesauce. Or into juice. It softens things up so maybe she won’t have such a tough time.
    Good luck! She is so adorable!

  41. Kristabella May 16, 2008 6:53 am edit

    I have no suggestions. I just want to say thanks for the pretty photos!

    Hope she gets regular soon! Poor thing, it can’t be comfortable!

    Kristabella’s last blog post..Yes, I Am Cultured

  42. SF May 24, 2008 1:52 pm edit

    The “suppository_moms” Yahoo Group may be of interest?

  43. Fred Vanderbom May 26, 2008 11:17 pm edit

    One late note.
    After a day of gas ‘n gurgles I asked my Helen what might be the cause.
    The reply: Spinach, and I’m clean again.
    Fair enough. Usually it is she who has to live with a variety of inner discomforts, like your Lady Emily, while my system is as regular and serene as clockwork.

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