Constipation and stools

Rae - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Is it normal for some hard stools that are as big as a ping pong ball?

Is there a gentle laxative to soften stools for infants?

I would give my daughter pear, or apple, or prune juice, but I am looking for another alternative as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

She is about 8.5 months now probably at 20 lbs (last month, we weighed her at 19 lbs).

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Sherry - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter was having ping pong poops too and I found that just giving her water (a few ounces) every day is really helping. The first day I put corn syrup in it, to get things really moving and she's been good since. I heard that mineral oil is not a good idea b/c it messes with how they absorb nutrients.

Valerie - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son has struggled with constipation since he was 2 weeks old and has often had hard stools since starting him on solids. I am not a Dr. but I can tell you what our Pediatrician told us to do.

If she is constipated, you can use 1/3 of a child's glycerin suppository. This usually gets them to go poopy within an hour or so.

Our Pediatrician also suggested using 1 tsp. of powdered MiraLax added to a bottle once a day to help soften the stools. When I do this, I don't do it more than 3 days in a row and I always give him at least 2 - 4 oz. extra of water or juice to make sure he stays hydrated. (This can take a day or so to get working. It also makes the formula have extra bubbles in the bottle)

If constipation is a constant problem, like it was for my son, 1/2 tsp. of powdered Benefiber once a day in the bottle until he/she is regulated again.

Hope this helps.

Phillipa - posted on 10/01/2009

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The best thing to do is to give her water. Giver her a drink of water at every solid feed. If she is on formula, she might need a bit more. Also avoid potatoes and bananas for a while. My son was badly constipated at one stages where hed be screaming trying to push his poos out. It's all better now he drinks lots of water.
Also make sure he has lots of tummy time and just moving around heaps. Also after her bath massage her tummy in a clockwise motion to get the stool way (or something) flowing.

Michelle - posted on 09/30/2009

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There is Coloxyl for the babes, it's natural and tastes like chocolate!! it's essentially oil based on the consistency. I've used it for all of mine in the past and it works well. Good luck!

Melanie - posted on 09/30/2009

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I just went to the Dr. for my son who has the same problem. He told me to add a tsp of mineral oil (common over the counter at any pharmacy) to his meals, and after all my failed attempts at curing this myself something finally worked!! He told me after my son's stools actually start to get runny to cut it down to 1 tsp in 1 meal a day, or even 1 time every other day just to keep his stool soft. He also said that unlike prune juice this is gentle and won't give him cramps. So on day 2 it seems to be helping alot and he hasn't appeared to have any cramps. Hopefully this helps your little one too! My son is also 8 1/2 months and 21 lbs, so the same dose may help you.

Kari - posted on 09/30/2009

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When my son was about a month old he had a hard time with his stools, he would be constipated quite alot and what we would do was add some Karo syrup (the dark syrup) to his bottle (maybe 1-2 tsp.) and this would help him. It would not give him diahrea or anything but it made it easier for him.

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