How can I help soften my baby's stool?

Bridget - posted on 03/02/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old daughter has struggled with a very dry, pebbly stool since she was about a month old. She had a hard time keeping down formula so i tried mixing rice with it and that problem was solved. Most doctors say not to do so but ours recommended it. Now that she is old enough for solids, i also mix a scoop of rice in with her food twice a day. It just seems when i cut back on the rice she is constantly hungry. She isn't a big fan of prunes and i don't want to overload her with juice. Is there anything else i can give her? She seems so uncomfortable :(

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Mary Dimple - posted on 09/16/2012

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heys guys, my baby girl is now 3 weeks old,and i noticed that her poopo is not soft also its pebble and color yellow, she is formula fed and also a breast fed too. what can i do to make her poopo soft? thanks..

Mary Dimple - posted on 09/16/2012

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heys guys, my baby girl is now 3 weeks old,and i noticed that her poopo is not soft also its pebble and color yellow, she is formula fed and also a breast fed too. what can i do to make her poopo soft? thanks..

Michelle - posted on 03/30/2011

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just about any fruit or gerber juice(apple juice, pear juice, grape juice) my daughter loves the gerber mixed fruit with rice, since she cant have any wheat yet. but she uses a sippy cup but she gets the mixed with breakfast and dinner, lunche she eats solid food one fruit and veggie if hungry enough. nBut you can put some apple juice in her moring bottle about 1-2 oz. try for about 2-3 days then everyother day to get the system moving softer, she may have gas but it dose work.

Laurie - posted on 03/04/2011

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less apples and pears, more peaches and non-binding fruits, plus veggies. my baby girl is the same way. i'm constantly analyzing everything to see what works. plain water works too, even just an ounce or two. you can mix a little water in with her baby food. mine wont really drink water yet, but if i put even just a little juice in with it, she downs it. you can always use the glycerin suppositories for children. our dr recommended this from the beginning. works like a charm and its not harmfull at all, its the same as taking her temp... good luck!

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Michelle - posted on 03/30/2011

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all doctors say if constipated give apple juice, so just a little will be fine with breakfast my daughter had that problem for just about 6 months and she is 7 months now she has a cup of gerber apple or pear jucie every day. just don't leave baby alone with sippy cup they can be used as a weapon towards parents.lol

Lisa - posted on 03/28/2011

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Yes, just plain prune juice. My daughter drinks 5oz of formula. So when we give her 'prune milk' we do about 1oz of prune juice & 4oz of water

Jannie - posted on 03/21/2011

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Thank you Lisa, I'll keep this in mind. So this prune juice the the your mix with the formula is a plain prune juice, because the one I do have and find around here is Apple with prune will this be fine too, for mix with the formula? How many oz. of formula your child drink right now?

Lisa - posted on 03/21/2011

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Prune Juice! With my daughter we had to mix prune juice in with her formula (substitute about 1 oz of water for 1 oz of prune juice). Give this to her a couple times a week until she starts having more normal stools

Jannie - posted on 03/20/2011

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Thank you Jessica, I'll try your suggestion and see if it work for them...

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2011

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Pears actually contain quite a bit of fiber so they would help with constipation. I was having the same trouble with my son when I started solids and stopped breastfeeding at 6 months. He loves prunes but they seem to just give him diarrhea. I give him a variety of cereals like oatmean, rice (not very frequently) and multi-grain. I would mix a few spoonfulls of prunes or pears with his cereal too.

Jannie - posted on 03/14/2011

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Well with my twins boys, when we start solid food and cereal to me seem to be like the cereal was giving them a little constipation so I back off the cereal, so really don't know for sure if is because starting giving solid food or cereal, so what I do do is giving water or dilute the juice for them sometime it work is all depend who you do feed them..

Annie - posted on 03/12/2011

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A little bit of watered down juice with her cereal should do the trick. And if you only give her a couple of ounces per day it shouldn't hurt her or be too much. I have 4 kids and this has always worked for them. You could just give it to her until her stools soften up and then just when they seem to be getting hard again (if you aren't up for juice every day). The other thing is that a little bit of juice is better than a bowel impaction.

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2011

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My seven month old just had this same problem. I tried prunes and not giving her rice cereal for a few days, but still no change. My doc recommended adding a few drops of olive oil to her bottle, we did this a few days and she is back to pooping normal! I have read on here people saying apples cause constipation? I added apples two days ago, and her poop is more loose than it has been in a long time. so that worked for us.....hope this helps!

Alicia - posted on 03/10/2011

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My lil girl is 6 months old and she either had the pebbly poop or one lil hard ball of poop twice a day. Today we started her on applejuice diluted with water (I did 1oz of 100% regular applejuice with 3oz of baby water) and it helped her poop great.

Christine - posted on 03/09/2011

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Mixing applesauce with her rice cereal would not be helpful for this problem at all. In fact, it could do more harm than good since apples and rice are both known to cause constipation in babies. Combining the two would not help this situation. Vegetables and non binding fruits such as peaches would be much better and cutting out the rice cereal.

Tina - posted on 03/08/2011

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Try oatmeal and barley cereal and now you can give all sorts of fruits. Try adding pureed pears, peaches, blueberries or veggies like butternut squash.

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2011

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have you introduced any jar food yet? If you have, my doctor told me this about my son because he was on antibiotic a lot as a baby up to 2 years old. Once eatting what you and i eat you obviously don't need it at an infant consistancy, but the same foods work. The antibiotic always made my son have diarhea so he said put him on the brat diet when that happens which is bananas, rice, apples and toast, you can give under 1 years bananas, rice and apples at a consistency they can eat. Then if i plugged him up by doing that while on antibiotic he said to give him peas, pears, prunes, plums, any bean, peaches or apricots. Those foods help loosen a stool up. It may be worth trying to give a diet higher in the foods she will eat out of the ones i listed. My son ate baby food up to 3 1/2 years due to problems with getting to constipated, it was the easy way to fix it- it's better using food that helps if it works for you then having to give mineral oil up the bottom or enimeas. I don't know where you live but if it solidifies too much i have seen baby enimas in the states.

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2011

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have you introduced any jar food yet? If you have, my doctor told me this about my son because he was on antibiotic a lot as a baby up to 2 years old. Once eatting what you and i eat you obviously don't need it at an infant consistancy, but the same foods work. The antibiotic always made my son have diarhea so he said put him on the brat diet when that happens which is bananas, rice, apples and toast, you can give under 1 years bananas, rice and apples at a consistency they can eat. Then if i plugged him up by doing that while on antibiotic he said to give him peas, pears, prunes, plums, any bean, peaches or apricots. Those foods help loosen a stool up. It may be worth trying to give a diet higher in the foods she will eat out of the ones i listed. My son ate baby food up to 3 1/2 years due to problems with getting to constipated, it was the easy way to fix it- it's better using food that helps if it works for you then having to give mineral oil up the bottom or enimeas. I don't know where you live but if it solidifies too much i have seen baby enimas in the states.

Denise - posted on 03/04/2011

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Our doctor prescribed a laxative called Laxcon, it has no side effects at al. perhaps ask your docotr about it and see if it would be suitable for you to try.

Christine - posted on 03/03/2011

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The rice cereal is definately your problem. It can be really hard on a baby's digestive system. You are giving her way too much if you are adding it to every bottle and also to her food. If you cut back on the rice cereal and just gave her more formula when she is hungry (or switch her formula to one her stomach can tolerate more) she won't have this problem. She should only be eating 2-3 tablespoons a day. I like to add a tablespoon of rice cereal to my 6 month old son's fruit in the morning. If I add too much to the fruit, he usually gets constipated or has hard stool. When that happens, I usually make him a bottle with 4oz water and 2oz apple juice and 2 scoops of formula. That always loosens him up. I hope she starts getting better soon!

Maybe this website would help you.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/...

Nadia - posted on 03/03/2011

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i've heard rice is not good and to switch to oatmeal. what i do with my daughter is breakfast is fruit (peaches, bananas, apples... etc) and i mix in a bit of the oatmeal cereal so its not so runny... makes it smoother and creamier and to me it looks yummier lol. And i do the same for dinner with veggies and mix in some cereal. Also maybe try instead of juice giving her a bottle of water or 2 throughout the day... she might just be dehydrated. And most fruits are really good with helping constipation.

Jessica - posted on 03/03/2011

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Karo syrup, mix 1 tsp per 8oz of formula. Rice cereal could be the problem, it can cause constipation. My sons doctor told me to skip rice cereal and go straight to vegi's, because my son has had issues with not going poo.

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