So my twins were been blessed in their first ten months of life. Besides my baby girl having had a minor respiratory infection, they’ve both been pretty healthy… up until now. Dun, dun, duuun!

My poor babies recently had a bout of um… colon congestion. Now before you tell me how it’s normal for kids to become constipated, etc., etc., let me tell you that this was not your ordinary clog. My children were in dire straights – including shaking, crying, and busted blood vessels of the eye. I just couldn’t stand to see them this way and was going to do anything in my Mommy power to “rect”ify the situation. He, he, he… So I started Googling. I came across tons of home remedies. I saw many references to Karo syrup, but disregarded them when I read the word botulism. Yeesh.

I settled on a remedy that involved a q-tip, and some Vaseline… As I headed for there tiny tushes, I received a phone call that saved them. It was their Dad. “Why don’t you just call the Doctor?”, he asked. Did he just make a reasonable suggestion? I dialed them up, and was greeted by a pleasant nurse who began to make suggestions. I heard Karo syrup and stopped her.

“Is it safe?”, I asked.
“Sure. Just put a teaspoon in a four ounce bottle.”
“Okay, I’ll try it.”  I said cautiously. The nurse had said it was okay, so what the heck..

It worked wonders.

Within a couple of hours, my two precious poopers had kicked that constipation to the curb and made a movement without any struggles at all… ALL THANKS TO KARO SYRUP! It’s in the cooking oil section. I used light Karo syrup. Mix a tablespoon into a bottle or cup of water. The sugar works by drawing additional fluid into baby’s bowel to soften the stools. The extra water helps loosen things up too. A couple of times a day for a day or two does the trick wonderfully.

And as far as the botulism is concerned, that was back in the day, and very uncommon. Over-Googling once again the cause for my hysteria. lol.



  1. Ashley Goh
    April 30, 2015 at 3:57 am — Reply

    I think is good better to give them more food with high fibre.

  2. April 30, 2015 at 3:56 am — Reply

    My DS is currently taking Mamil formula. His poopoo is very good and no more constipation problem. Better to switch to Mamil for those parents’ kids having constipation problem.

  3. April 29, 2015 at 7:34 am — Reply

    Try giving them prunes and more water! I think it will help their constipation problem!

  4. Adraylay
    April 29, 2015 at 6:31 am — Reply

    My DD always got constipation problem.. Really give me a headache.. Luckily i found Mamil that does not contain sugar and has high level of DHA.. The milk also contains pre-biotic which is good for constipation.. Give a try for 7 days la and u will see the results..

  5. maryjanewong
    April 28, 2015 at 9:42 pm — Reply

    The remedies listed above is good but better if u can look for long term solution in children constipation. IMO prebiotics in some milk formula is very good cos can prevent children constipation in the long run! U shud try !

  6. April 28, 2015 at 9:14 am — Reply

    My DS is facing constipation frequently, always have to visit the doctor when my DS have constipation problem. But still, it will come again. Im so worry whenever he got constipation!

  7. normal
    April 27, 2015 at 12:47 am — Reply

    thanks for your update

  8. May 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    Such remedies can be good to overcome an acute problem, but on the long run one must provide that the children have a good diet with enough fibres and also are physically active, and actually this should be a matter for the whole family, because the lifestyle of the family influences that of the children.

  9. December 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm — Reply

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