Natalie - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
my 7 month old (on solids) has been straining to poop for the last few weeks. First I started mixing rice cereal with juice. then i cut cereal amount in half. then i completely eliminated the cereal. last i have been feeding prunes daily. Finally, the poop is softer and i don't think she is in pain pushing anymore. What is okay as far as a baby straining and what is painful/problem.
before all of my changes, she would strain and strain getting red in face and tearing up. sometimes for a minute or more. Sometimes there wouldn't be anything in her diaper other times there was a little compact turdlette.
i know she needs the rice cereal, but i think it is constipating her.
1. how much straining is too much?
2. cereal or skip it?