Sluggish Bowels & Constipation

May 2, 2013

children-constipationChildren can poo everyday and not be clearing their bowel, thus they are constipated.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Skid marks in undies
  • Regular poo accidents
  • Lots of stinky ‘fluffs’
  • Sticky poos – the need to use lots of toilet paper to get a clean wipe
  • Pooing a little several times throughout the day (everytime they need to wee they do a little poo)
  • Hard, difficult to pass poos
  • Mucous covered poos or bloody poos
  • Need to poo late at night or other odd times (this is normal for babies though)
  • Not pooing everyday
  • Bad breath or coated tongue
  • Tummy pains relieved by pooing
  • Really wide poos or really skinny poos
  • Unpleasant body odour


  • Wheat/gluten intolerance
  • Too much sugar
  • Lack of raw food
  • Processed foods
  • Not enough water / lack of fruit & vegetables
  • Antibiotics
  • Candida
  • Parasite damage
  • Emotional tension “holding on” tendencies “too busy to go”, worrying about the future, worrying about mum
  • Lack of exercise
  • Change in routine


  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Stretched bowel
  • UTI & bladder problems
  • Toxicity
  • Fatigue, moodiness & behavioral problems

Short Term Remedies:

  • Tummy massage (clockwise direction) Dilute 3 drops of peppermint oil, 3 drops of Chamomile oil & 2 drops of Mandarin Oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil.
  • Reflexology points – large intestine
  • Walking on hands & feet up & down the hallway several times
  • Deep, relaxing bath with mandarin oil, peppermint oil & green clay
  • Warm herbal tea – chamomile / peppermint
  • 1 generous teaspoon of probiotic
  • 5ml / 7kg of body weight of Udo’s oil / flaxseed oil
  • 5ml coconut oil
  • Clean out foods – fresh juices – watermelon, pear & apple, carrot, apple, cucumber, beetroot, orange
  • I believe that everyone has a food/food group that makes them poo. It might be berries/cucumber/curry. Stewed/fresh pear or grated/stewed apple. It is good to watch your children when they are young to find out what works for them.
  • ‘Digestive Stimulant’ – the best pleasant tasting remedy I have found over the last 20 years that is safe & effective. ”Digestive Stimulant’ is even safe for new borns. Carmel Taylor from Awaken Wellbeing makes ‘Digestive Stimulant’ tel 07 5500 4994
  • Movicol from the chemist. Take as directed.
  • Aloe Vera juice – Lifestream. It is a good brand. Mix with juice.

* Establish good gut micro ecology. This may take several months
* Check for food intolerances & change the diet accordingly. What is the most common offender?
* Tone the gut muscles if necessary. This takes months.
* Relax the person & the gut if necessary. This takes weeks.
* Detox the liver if necessary. This takes weeks.
* Establish a poo time. Try to work out a time when your child naturally needs to poo. At this time encourage them to sit on the toilet for 5mins or so, and relax – sing, colour in, read stories etc. The idea is not to necessarily have them do a poo; just open their bottom at the same time of day with the idea of training their bowel to relax at this time. You need to this daily for three weeks. This is good to do if poos have been hurting or the constipation has come from emotional tension, a change in the rountine or being too busy to poo.

It is important to clean out the bowel before beginning to treat the problem long term. ~Tanya Goldie, ND


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