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Constipation (Toddlers and Older) Home Remedy Comments

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Older mom and former LPN

Yes going to recommend the home enema for toddlers constipation!

Seventy year old grandma here. Four of my own children, five grand children. Retired LPN (nurse) from old school.

Over the years of treating my own children, grand kids, nieces and nephews, and lots of children in dr office, clinic, hospital and when doing private home visits, for constipation I feel the enema is the best natural home remedy to give. Even today!

The home enema went out of popular use for years. It is now coming back as a good home remedy for the toddler and older child. And adult as well!

After receiving the doctor’s ok I administered many enemas to the constipated toddler.

Years ago when I would do a home visit to a sick child most always he was also constipated and he was given a enema in the home. For most this was his first time ever enema and for his mom to learn this wonderful home remedy.

The mother was always amazed how effective the enema was. The child always felt better after he was given the enema.

A few things first..

- always consult with your naturopathic or regular doctor before giving home rememdies . This includes enemas

- don’t take web postings/ blogs as medical advice

- enemas are not habit forming

- the enema is not painful. But, may make the tummy feel full and may be some minor discomfort for a few minutes

- years ago the most popular home remedy for the constpated child was a warm water soapy enema. Made with either Castile soap or bar of ivory

- in the recent years I have read that giving the soapy enema and the Fleet enema is no longer advisable. Read on the web regarding this

- a herbal enema, oil retention enema or plain warm water is now thought to be better for a toddler to receive when constipated

I believe the enema is the best natural home remedy for the constipated toddler. Better than giving dreaded Miralax, or other slow working, discomforting, laxatives.

My children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other children were given enemas with the reusable rubber enema bulb Syringe Then when older the bag was used for administering the enemas.

Here are some things I learned and taught other moms...

- ask him if this is his first ever enema and what did he think of his enema before if he had one before

- talking to him helps

- if the child is old enough to understand tell him he will be given a enema. Tell him it will make him feel better and does not hurt

- tell him he can help you with the enema by relaxing, taking deep breaths in and out of his open mouth, like panting, when he is getting the enema

- tell him you will stop the enema if he feels discomfort but he has to take the full enema

- I showed the enema bulb to many before the enema. This made it much easier to give one

- ask him if he has a favorite show to watch, book to read , etc when he is receiving the enema. This is the best way to have him relax during it

Have everything prepared and ready for the enema.

Have no interruptions during the enema.

Best tine for giving a enema is when all others are out of the house

If the other children are at home have neighbor mom or sitter watch them while you are administering the enema

Warm the room where it will be given at

When giving the enema if possible close the door

Positions for the enema...

Always ask your doctor what position is Best

Over the years I found across the lap or on a table was best for toddlers.

For older child on the Best was always on the bed

The toddler can be placed across your lap on a towel. Face down on his tummy laying on a towel. Or placed on a table. On his back on a towel. When on the table hold his legs up in the air some.

If you feel the toddler will resist and fight getting a enema best to have another mom, relative, baby sitter .. to assist you. She can hold him and soothe him be talking calmly to him.

The next enema is always easier to give.

Some toddlers, even older child, will try and talk you out of the enema. Be firm and let him know a enema is good for him and he will get one.

Most of the time just telling him I could have another nurse come in and help, or another mom help, he would calm down and take the enema from me alone.

Before giving the toddler a enema I would try other remedies first such as...

- increasing fiber

- drinking more water or juice

- tummy massage and moving legs in bicycle motion when he is on his back

- give a warm bath

-insert a rectal thermometer with some Vaseline on the tip. Gently and slowly move rotate the thermometer some. This may produce a BM

- review child’s eating and exercise habits

- note on the calendar the last BM so you will know

A good home book every mom shoul have isPrescription For Nutritional Healing. It has many home remedies in it as well as how to give enemas and the various types of enemas to give.

I learned the garlic or catnip tea enemas in that book to reduce a fever. They work!

Read Valerie’s “Parents Guide To Colon Health For Children”

Find it at


Consult your professional medical person I.e. doctor, before giving ANY home remedies. Including a enema



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Older Mom, good post. Very informative and helpful. Your helpful information is great.

Home remedies for constipated toddler is a very good topic. Dealing with toddler years of constipation is different than the infant and older child.

There are a wide range of home remedies for the constipated toddler.

Fiber, water intake, juice, exercise, thermometer, molasses, syrup and many more. I believe the enema is the best and most efficient.

Went to Valerie’s page you listed. Loved it!

When one goes there you have to click on the article you want to read.

I found her “Parents Guide...” very well written.

I agree with you and her. Constipation is bad and harmful for the child. Seems toddlers have this issue more than other age group. And with toddlers boys have far more constipation than girls! Did Valerie say there times more for boys?

She also says to do what you wrote. Give a gentle enema. Having the toddler’s corporation for the enema makes it so much easier to give the enema. Especially for the next enema or enemas. I have done the same things she recommends. Talk and explain. Show the enema bulb and tell it does not hurt.

She also recommends having another mom assist for the first ever enema or if the toddler will fight the enema.

I found her article Role Of Colon Cleansing as Natural Treatment Program for ...” to be excellent. Every mom should read it.

She is so right, toddler boys fight it more and the toddler girls are loudest. I found that to be true so many times when I had to give a home enema.

Nothing beats the old fashioned warm mild soapy enema for a toddler!!

When he is constipated, I get the enema bulb (6 oz Cara enema bulb syringe)and Vaseline jar out. Place him on the potty. Tell him to work hard on doing a BM. I tell him he will be given a enema if he doesn’t go.

I leave the bulb and Vaseline sitting out in the bathroom so he knows the enema is next if no BM is done.

If he does not go potty, I learned it is easier to let him run around only with only his tee on. Barefooted. This makes it easier when going to get him for the enena. That way it is quicker getting him to the kitchen table for the enema.

then I make a large bowl of warm soapy water in the kitchen sink. Mild! NOT strong. MILD! Made by swishing, as Valerie told, a bar of ivory soap in the bowl of warm water. Put a towel on the kitchen table.

Yes enemas are given on the kitchen table in my home. I learned this from another mom years ago. I have read many other moms give enemas on a table.

Bring him to the table. Placed on back on the towel most of the times. Sometimes I will have him on his tummy.

Fill the bulb full. Leaving no Air in the bulb. Put Vaseline on the nozzle. When I remember put some up into him. This makes the enema easier to insert.

I normally give two bulbs full. Sometimes a third bulb is given. When refilling the syringe i talk to him encouraging him to relax and be good and take the enema. I remind him of the importance of going potty. After the enema is given I have him retain it for a few minutes. This may be the hardest part of a toddler enema. They don’t like laying there having to hold the enema in for a few minutes.

After the enema and retaining the enema i take him to the potty. I always check the results of the BM

I then rinse out the bulb and bowl of soapy water. Refill the bowl with plain warm water.

I go get him from the potty and give him a second enema of plain warm water. Best to let the toddler sit on the potty for a while after his enema. Encourage him to go and expell the enema.

Again checking the results in the potty.

He is then put down for a nap to rest some after the enemas.

When he gets up I ask how he feels. If the enema made him feel better.

While napping I clean the bulb, bowl, table and such.

Clean the enema bulb with warm soapy water. Plain water rinse. Air dry few days by leaving the bulb sitting out. Sometimes I just leave the enema bulb sitting out.

Sometimes when the bulb is sitting out another mom over visiting will ask about it. I am more than happy to tell her and teach her about the benefits of enemas.

One mom visiting recently has two children. 3 and 8 going on 9. She saw the enema bulb sitting out and was curious about the enema and wanted to learn of this remedy.

After telling her of the enema for constipation for toddlers she thanked me. Both of hers had constipation issues. Especially her older boy.

I told her to call her doctor first! Then decide on what remedy.

A few weeks later she came over again to visit and let hers play with mine. She told me she was glad I told her of the enema. She told me the enema was wonderful, easy to give and worked. Her oldest one had been given three enemas by her!

Her oldest one had a look on his face like “mom didn’t know of that remember until you told her and I got a enema!”

I just knew he was thinking that. I have seen that look before.

So I asked if he felt much better after his mom gave him a enema. He told me “yes” And went to play with the others.

I told told her I would teach her the bag enema.

She asked what that was. I got the red rubber enema bag out And showed it to her. Showed her how to prepare a pan of warm soapy water, pour into the bag, clean it, rinse, and fill it up. Showed her how to get the air out of the hose..hang the bag.

Over the years I have learned through education, others, and experience that the old fashioned enema bulb and bag are the most valuable health care accessories a family (mothers) can have in the home. This is the exact same thing Valerie says!

Now must tell:

NEVER GIVE A ENEMA WITHOUT FIRST GETTING PERMISSION FROM YOUR DOCTOR, NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR OR PEDIATRIC DOCTOR. After talking with the doctor then decide on what constipation remedy for your toddler is Best.

I think the bulb enema is best for a toddler.

Hugs and Bless you


Toddler constipation! Omg yes the enemnot medical advice. Don’t take it as such. Call your doctor for advice.

The enema bulb syringe cost a few dollars.

The soapy warm water enema is the best, fastest, easy to give to relieve toddler constipation and other ills troubling the toddler. After a enema, or enemas, the toddler will feel better, have renewed energy, no more headaches or tummy aches. Almost instant relief for him. His complexion will improve and eye whites appear better.

Enemas have been given for years and years for toddler’s constipation. Even helps with minor ills like colds. Helps him recover faster. Removes toxins that inhibit recovery.

I have read much about “bad gut” in the toddler. Some signs of bad gut are fighting, grouchy, screaming, not thinking good, headaches, darkness under the eyes, and more. may be time for him to be given a enema. It is amazing after his enema these signs disappear!

I remember seeing the red rubber bulb syringe sitting out, or in the closet, in my home and friend’s home in the 50s. It had a black nozzle on it. I used to think it was huge lol. Later when I had my first child I asked my aunt what size enema bulb to buy since I was going to give him enemas when he was about two. I asked my aunt what size it was. She told me it was a 6 or 8 oz enema bulb. So that is the size I got for my children, grand kids and others when giving help in other homes!

Whenever my younger siblings, cousin, or friends were constipated, the enema was given.

Before anyone yells and says enemas are old fashioned and no longer given, hurt, hard to give, the toddler will not take a enema! All are not true.

I never had a problem giving enemas. Even my oldest one would tell me sometimes he needed “one” Only a few times did I need another mom to assist me giving a enema. And I assisted her when she needed help.

I know many moms today who give enemas at home. moms tell me they feel home enemas are especially good for the toddler aged child. And little older ones too. Seems their toddler is always in need of a enema. Everyone of the moms are happy giving enemas at home. No chemicals. No laxatives. No long waiting for results. It is natural and good for the child.

In addition to a soapy enema for the toddler, giving a tepid to slightly cool enema is great remedy for fever reduction.

When mine were older I gave a few cool water enemas late at night on the bed with the red rubber enema bag. The fever always went down. Seems the fevers always spiked late at night. First make sure the fever is not over J104F and the are no other symptoms present.

Best to call your doctor before giving the enema.


Darn spell checker!

Chang first line to read:

OMG yes the enema! Not giving medical advice


Ask other moms if they give this wonderful remedy!

Visit your local health food store. The women who work there are very familiar with the enema

The can also show you the books mentioned above.


Very good comments.

Boils down to good health.

Constipation is not good. Toxins being with held can lead to ills in the toddler.

The enema is is a very good health tool to have in the home health tool kit.

Mary mom of 3

Toddler constipation should be mointored!

BM should happen everyday for the toddler

NOTmedical advice. Seek your pediatric doctor’s help and advice.

For my toddlers I would do many things.

Exercise, tummy massages, fiber increase.

Juice, syrup, molasses, w tip or recital themother with oil or Vaseline on tip. Soap stick up butt. And more.

After all failed, or I thought necessary right away, enemas.

The warm soapy enema followed by a warm plain water enema always worked. Immediate results of a BM

I got them growing up. I am a believer in the enema to help the toddle who is constipated or with holding poop.


Mary mom of 3

Sorry about spelling ..,

Q tip or rectal themomoter with oil or Vaseline on tip

Whatever remedy you decide on, most important is to not let the toddler get constipated and with hold

Some do not see the importance of this.

It causes toxic waste to be kept in the body. Causes ills, headaches, bad behavior and more.

My neighbor and I were reading this blog.

We both agree to not let toddler constipation happen.


Karen M

Another remedy for toddler could be the oil retention enema.

A few ounces of warm oil is given with a bulb.

Have the one retain it.

Have towels handy.

Good for hard stools.

As told on here many times, no enemas without doctor’s approval.

Karen M

I will find link for the oil enema.

And post it on here.

Do not recommend soapy enemas any longer

Will post later basic procedure for the small oil enema

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