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Medication Causing Constipation in Children

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

September 10th, 2017  |  16 Comments

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Medication Causing Constipation in Children

Constipation can start at birth. That is certainly an unpleasant way to start your new little life! In my experience, the most medicated births result in the most constipated infants.

A drug-free birth — along with all its other benefits — is your child’s best chance for avoiding early constipation. However, I’ve also seen a couple of cases in which the infants from non-medicated home births have had constipation.

So, it’s good for all new moms to have homeopathic medicines on hand.

Now keep in mind that immediately after coming into the world, infants’ tiny bodies are still adjusting.

Don’t get overwrought if your infant doesn’t “go” twice a day (as is recommended for children and adults).

In fact, in my experience, brand new babies can go several days without a bowel movement without being sick.

However, if you notice what you consider signs of constipation (incomplete stool, failure to move for several days, dry stool, exaggerated straining), it may be time to consider your options.

In my course, Good Gut, Bad Gut, I cover the subject of constipation in much more detail, but for today let's cover this often simple condition. 

In toddlers and young children, I turn to Nux vomica 200 twice a day until constipation improves … which is usually within a week.

If it improves sooner, the medicine is halted. If there’s no improvement after a few days, a different homeopathic ought to be considered.

If the baby is under one year old, I like to use the Banerji protocol that starts with one dose of Aconitum napellus 200 on the first day.

Then the next day, the Nux vomica begins (as previously described) until improved.

When a child experiences a medicated childhood from birth through infancy and into toddlerhood, his chance of having constipation from medication is significantly increased. You know what I’m talking about … children who every time they turn around are given another medication, another antibiotic, another antihistamine.

Their pure bodies are constantly trying to adjust to the side effects of medication.

To help avoid this vicious circle, we offer the course How to Raise a Drug-Free Family to provide you the education and the confidence to use homeopathy instead.

Also, I’m pleased to tell you that I will be participating in the upcoming Thriving Child Summit. If you want to learn how to help your child achieve optimal health, this free, online conference might just be for you! It takes place September 18-25, 2017. I will be speaking on September 20th. Click here and register today to reserve your space!

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I am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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16 thoughts on “Medication Causing Constipation in Children”

  1. I strongly recommend a ‘Complex’ of Nux Vomica 30 + Carbo Veg 30 + Lyco 200 (at bed time) to ‘carrying’ moms. Putting a few drops of medical grade Castor Oil into the Navel and gently massaging helps a lot in addition to the above Complex.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Thanks for your input.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you, Joette! My three year old son (born 8 weeks early) has struggled with constipation on and off since he was an infant. I recently read about Lycoplumb from your site and I am wondering what constitutes giving him Lycoplumb verses Nux vomica? Thank you for all your work.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Nux vomica is more specific for constipation related to medications.

  3. BEA COLEMAN says:

    My daghter is 24 with Wolfe-Hirshorn Syndrome (deletion of the short arm of the 4th chromosome.) Her first 3 1/2 years of life were often spent in the hospitals with grand mal seizures or upper respiratory infections. She was on antibiotics prophylactically for the first 4-6 years of life (I didn’t now better then) & has been on seizure meds all her life after age 8 1/2 months. She’s been seriously constipated all her life…going once every 10-14 days. A few months ago I finally found magnesium malate & she now goes 4-5 times a week…still not normal, but way closer. Unfortunately, this remedy produces mushy poop. Which would benefit her more, the nox vomica or the lycoplumb remedy? By chance do you have a blog that addresses grand mal seizures? I really hate that she’s been on meds so many years.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I have worked with those with seizures in the U.S. and India but I’ve not written on the subject because its a little more complicated than counting only on a specific protocol.

      1. BEA COLEMAN says:

        Thank you Joette! I suspected it was more complicated. Also, in my comment I ased wheether the nux vomica or lycoplumb homeopathic remedies were most suited for my daughter for her constipation. Thanks in advance!

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          On this forum, I can’t advise as to whether a remedy is suitable for a particular person.

  4. Sam says:

    This is a reply to working with seizures. I have read on several different homeopath’s blogs that a person with seizures is hard to cure, and often impossible to cure, especially the longer they have been on meds. Is this how the Banerjis look at this type of condition or because of their protocols they have a higher percentage rate of success with cures?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      In general, most chronic conditions are more difficult to work with after medications. I’m not aware of the Banerji’s data regarding specific conditions other than what they’ve published on certain cancers.
      In my view, it matters not what how the percentages line up. If only one person is helped, that’s 100% for that person/family.

  5. Ana Carolina Monterroso says:

    My 9-mo old grand daughter is constipated. Her delivery was normal, no medications, she was was breastfed during the first 6 months, now she eats really well. My daughter is sensitive to gluten, dairy and the baby seems to be sensitive, too. She has not slept well since the beginning, started teething, but won’t crawl nor turn over, just sits, she loves “dancing” to any music whether en her belly or sitting. She had “dengue “ during a trip to Central America (received per enteral rehydration, no meds) but before it was diagnosed, a physician injected antibiotics twice causing awful allergy. Dengue was discovered due to the allergy. Beforebthat, she never had antibiotics.
    In general, she is a happy baby, just constipation and waking at night is hard on her parents. She has a 3-yr old sister.
    My daughter and I have tried with homeopathy, but webhave not been able to help the baby.
    They live in MN. I live in Central America.
    Any other alternative than Nux V?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      There are many homeopathic medicines that are used for constipation. I cover them and how they are used including potency and frequency in my online course, Good Gut Bad Gut.

  6. Mary says:

    Hi, I saw on your remedy cards under constipation to use Nux Vomica 30c twice a day, on here it says 200c…will either work or is one potency better than the other?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Read the article carefully. There are circumstances in which we use 200 and those in which we use 30.

      1. Jane says:

        My question is also regarding infant constipation. I used Aconite 200 to start for my 11 Mos old. Then Nux Vomica 200 – 2D. Within 3 days she had a perfect movement. I continued the protocol because I assumed she should develop a consistency of normal BM’s before I stopped. But her subsequent movements resorted back to dry and hard with many days in between. Should I have stopped the protocol after the first or second normal movement? I have also tried the lyco/plum protocol.

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

          It’s not uncommon to witness a homeopathic act for a few days only to no longer have value after that.
          I don’t believe it stopped because of the frequency you employed.

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