The Poopinator was lovingly named for it’s ability to move “mountains” (insert laughter)! I had reached the end of my rope, tied a knot and was hanging on for dear life when the knot unraveled. Matthew’s KUB showed that he was backed up again and the GI wanted me to do another “clean out”. Matthew does not suffer from constipation in the typical sense (hard stools). He suffers from slow transit constipation and lack of sensation so he can’t feel when he has to go and I wanted him off Miralax. We had done it before (more times than I care to remember) but this time was particularly bad. Needless to say I (and I’m sure Matthew) had had enough so I reached out to my Facebook group, “Blenderized RN” for help. I got lots of suggestions for foods that work as laxatives. I tried several individually but they didn’t work. So I put on my mad scientists lab coat and glasses and went to work. And so The Poopinator was born! No more Miralax!
Ingredients1 once pureed celery* 1 once pureed pumpkin 1 once pureed butternut squash 1 once pureed papaya
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or small jar and stir.
- Using a 60cc syringe, draw up mixture making sure to expel any air bubbles.
- Give bolus at a rate that is comfortable for your child. For example, Matthew does well if I give 20mls at a time and wait 5 minutes in between.
- Finish with a water flush. Use whatever volume your child can handle. I use 15ccs because Matt can handle it.
Here are some other foods that can have a laxative effect: Prunes or prune juice, *fresh spinach, black strap molasses, peaches, pears,pineapple, orange, apricots, plums, blueberries, soaked raisins, flax seed and flax seed oil, hemp seed and hemp milk, Aloe juice and fresh Aloe Vera,coconut oil, dried dates, dried figs and sweet potatoes.
Since everyone’s system is different, some things may work too well (causing diarrhea) and some not at all. It can be frustrating but don’t give up. Try foods independently or, like I did, create your own cocktail. Like any good recipe, just remember to write it down so the items and amounts stay consistent.
*Be careful not to use too much fresh spinach. The iron in it can be counterproductive if not constipating.
*The key to blending fresh celery is volume when using the Vitamix. I fill the 48oz container to the “max” line, use the tamper to blend it down partially then add more chopped celery. This allows the blades to fully puree the fibers. If you don’t put in enough the celery the water to fiber ratio allows it to slip away from the blades and you end up with fibers that WILL clog the g-tube. If you have any concerns about this, you should use a fine mess strainer to be sure all of the fibers are removed.