Chelsea - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
I KIND OF NEED TO VENT, My daughter is 9 months old and has been constipated pretty much from birth, SHE WAS BREASTFED TILL 6 MONTHS when i had to start suplementing with formula by 7 1/2 month she was on formula. first her ped. passed the strain to pass a bowel movement off as she just hasent learned how to pass a stool yet. then by one month he said give her gas drops, so i did and it worked, then at three months she was still getting constipated and he told me to give juice, so i did, half water and half juice, about 6 oz a day, then i took her in again at 4 months and he told to give her undiluted juice nad introduce her to baby cereal for the fiber, so i did. at 6 months she started to pass stool so large and hard that her anus would bleed and i would have to help pull her stool out, so again i took her to the doctor who told me to give her prune juice and corn syrup,(high fructose corn syrup can contain traces of mercury close to the amount of tuna) 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day. SO i did, i gave her undiluted prune juice and prune baby food and it worked, now at 9 months she refuses to drink or eat anything prune, anything pear and is starting to refuse apples. The only way i can get her to drink juice is mixed in with her formula. SHE HAS ONCE AGAIN BECAME EXTREAMLY CONSTIPATED TO THE POINT I KNOW CRY EVERYTIME SHE POOPS. i cant tell you the last time she pooped in a diaper because i always have to take it off to help her, as my little baby screams, i cry and this has been routine for so long that i hadent even realized that the big picture is WHY WHY WHY is she constipated. and upon the relization tonight of how long she has had this problem feel like such a horrible mom for not speaking up, not asking questions and not demanding answers. I didnt metion the fact that she is below the 0% in weight and in height and didnt double her birth weight till 9 months, is still wearing 3-6 month clothes, size 1 shoes, o-3 month onsies and size two diapers.
i took her to the doctor on jan 20th and he still didnt want to try anything new. He said to increase the amount of corn syrup o was giving her and that was all he wanted to do, then when i questioned him he started blameing me for the problem telling me i didnt come in enough and that i let her get so skinny. So anyway i left the office crying with a follow up appointment, and went across the street to the hospital where one of my family members work. She called the doctors office for me the following buiessness day and demanded that they either give me a refurral or we would go to a doctor who would. So he not happy gave me a refurral to a ped. gastroentrologist and had me take my daughter for an abdominal xray even though he swore there was no blockages or back ups. THE APPOINTMENT TO THE GASTOR ISNT TILL MARCH! so i took her on the 22nd to get the xray while my doctor was out of town and the results came back while he was gone so another ped. in his office read the results, WHICH SHOWED THAT SHE WAS SO BACKED UP WITH STOOL THAT IT FILLED HER ENTIRE COLON AND PART OF HER LARGE INTESTINES. the ped, not her PCP prescribed that i give my daughter an enema @ 9 months old and start her on miralax. so on the 22nd i gave my little baby an enema which didnt work. NOw im afraid that my daughter who has finaly started to gain weight is going to start loosing weight from being on the laxative, at the same time i cant help but to think that most the weight she has gained is simply backed up stool. She is already so small and so far behind, i cant imagin after all the time it took to get her to gain weight what im going to do if she stops growing again.
I AM NOW LOOKING FOR A NEW PED. AFTER HER FOLLOW UP ON TH 29TH
PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM AND HAS A CHILD WHO HAS A DIAGNOSIS TO WHY THEY ARE CONSTIPATED PLEASE GIVE ME AT LEAST AN IDEA OF WHAT COULD BE GOING ON.