A: A: The consistency of the stool is mostly related to what the child is eating. In a perfect world, children would eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more liquid, and the thick stools would improve. I would continue the attempt of modifying her diet -- encourage eating fruits and increase liquids, like small amounts of prune or pear juice to help soften stools. Juice should be limited to a few ounces per day, as many physicians consider it the soda pop of infancy; it has little or no nutritional value and a lot of sugar.
While Karo syrup has been used for decades as a method of making stools easier to pass, there are concerns about the sugar content and symptoms of digestive upset, so it is not an ideal choice. I would also discourage using enemas or other bowel stimulants (such as senna), as children should develop better bowel motility and not develop a dependence on artificial sources to make stools happen. Stool softeners as a short-term solution may be acceptable, but you should check with your child's doctor first to be sure there are no true medical causes of the stooling problem.