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Hi All, I have a type O child that has chronic constipation. His stools are like little rabbit pellets. He basically follows the type O diet although he is a picky eater so i do allow apples and cauliflower. The only veggies he will eat are brocolli, cauliflower, canned green beans and occasionally red/orange/yellow pepper strips. Until i can get him to eat more veggies, anybody have a recommendation for a probiotic to help his stool problem? Thanks! Oh, he will also eat pumpkin but it is usually in cookies.
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Can the child swallow pills? If you opened up a capsule of polyflora O, could you sprinkle it into something he'd eat or drink (such as a smoothie, applesauce, etc.)?
I've seen both liquid and chewable children's probiotics in the health food store, but I'm not sure if all ingredients are 100% compliant for Os. If the child REALLY needs a probiotic, and you can't figure out a way to get him to take polyflora, then the benefits of such a supplement may outweigh the negatives.
Ruth, Single Mother to 22 yo O- Leah , 20 yo O- Hannah,and 15 yo B+ Jack
Actually i have some O polyflora. I don't know why that didn't occur to me! Duh! he does not drink water (he's very picky i tell ya!). he drinks almond milk and he has one juice box (fruit/veggie mix) per day. He is on the small, skinny side. no bloated stomach and hard stools like rabbit pellets. i can mix the polyflora into his milk and he'd never know it. should i start with a half cap? how often 1time per day, 2?
ruthiegirl, i'm with you. we do all the kids supplements at teh same time, so once a day would be easier. i have also started making him drink 6-8 oz of water before he can have a snack. He is always hungry! something tells me his is a future Hunter.
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Kids are tough sometimes when it comes to eating and drinking expectations. My most recent adopted child was soooo difficult about drinking anything except for mildly flavored tea while we were in China trying to complete her adoption process. She initially was also very picky about eating even though the reports said she ate everything offered to her and was not picky. One day she'd eat something well and then the next day she refused the exact same thing. How frustrating that was. There were so many battles that just weren't worth fighting because of her attachment process with us. Within a week or so of arriving home and the jet lag issues were past, then we started picking battles we previously didn't. She too, being a type O, has battled constipation problems and wasn't very regular. Just getting her to drink (which is very important in alleviating constipation) a couple ounces of water or mildly flavored tea literally took her like a half hour to drink. We'd place her at the table 20 or 30 minutes before a meal and even then she wouldn't always be completely done with her 3 or 4 oz. of beverage. Eventually she learned that finishing her beverage or eating everything on her plate is expected of her. She really is a very good eater now, as the reports indicated, but she had to learn from her new family that what you get placed in front of you is what you eat. It really was an issue of mind over matter.
However, my daughter has a repaired cleft lip and palate with a small opening still in her palate that will eventually be closed surgically, so it is understandable why it still takes her longer than most to drink her beverages. Sometimes she just gets distracted and I need to stand and tip the bottom of the cup to speed her up to finish her beverages. Try, if possible, to get him to drink half of his body weight in ounces to ensure his bowels will be able to move better.
Another thing to emphasize is proper chewing habits. Again, undoing 6 years of very poor nutrition and eating habits has most certainly played a role in my dd gut lining taking a long time to heal, even with consistently follow the O diet. But I think many kids don't chew their food well, and my daughter is learning to take her time eating and chewing her food well. She's had a lot of post-institutionalized obsessions regarding food and she is doing so much better in that regard.
Also, prune juice is beneficial on the O blood type diet and my dd has grown to enjoy drinking it every day, so you might want to give that a try, even if it's just a couple ounces at a time.
All the other advice about supplements should be very helpful as well in alleviating your sons symptoms. Best of luck.
ColeenISF-J, Non-Taster "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:26-27