what to do bout my 1 year old constipation recently switched her to whole milk

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my daughter andrea is one and we been giving her whole milk for maybe a month now and she gets very constipated, i didnt have this problem with my first baby so i have no idea what to do, i wnted to wait to see if maybe she just needed to get used to it but i think its too long now. any suggestions???

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Kailan - posted on 01/29/2010

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I am having the same problem right now with my daughter Kiara. She is going to be 15 months Feb. 13 and I started mixing formula with whole milk or watering down a milk bottle when she was about 10 months and it was the worst thing I ever did. SHe was sooo constipated she screamed and cried when she was trying to poop and it was awful!! I went to BROOKS pharmacy and got her a supository that was a liquid you squirt in their bum and it works instantly, and it instantly softens the stool so it doesnt hurt them coming out. After that i immediatley went back to formula and when she turned 13 months I tried the milk again, but I did skim or 2% milk b/c I figured it would be easier on her belly. She still gets constipated from time to time, and when she is, the problem is that the milk makes the "poop" really hard so when shes trying to push it out it's too big and hard for her bum so its hurts really bad and sometimes when it does come out she has a little bit of blood in it :( Whenever I see her struggling to push I immediatley lay her down and I take her legs and bend them up to her belly to help her push and when i see it almost coming out i push with my fingers on the sides of her bum to help push it out b/c its so hard it wont come out on its own and when i push with my fingers it molds it so it comes out faster, sometimes I even pull it out myself. I know it sounds gross or a little overboard but i'll do anything so my daughter is not in pain, and thats painful. But i would see how the skim milk works for you, but i would def. go get the liquid suppository. i think theres a pic of a penguin on the box, but it works great!!

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2010

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my son's pediatrician said that he doesn't recommend whole milk for children under 18 months,My son is on next step formula, and I actually intend to keep him on it longer, then 18 months, maybe until two, because he is underwieght. It is worth the cost, My son goes through one can of next step a week, and also drinks juice and water and tea (decaf, with natural sweetners) he also does well with pediasure calcium rich drinks, and the gerber ones. take her off the milk for a while and try that.

Megan - posted on 02/20/2010

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She is most likely lactose intolerant or has a protein sensitivity. In kids it manifests this way, not like in adults who usually suffer from bloating and diarrhea. Get her off the milk. Try rice milk, oat milk, or goats milk, don't go the soy route, it has to much estrogen in it for little kids and is way over processed. One of my sons went through this and the doctors kept telling me it wasn't the milk, the lactose intolerance doesn't have those symptoms and then I talked with some other moms at my church and they had the same problem. As soon as they stopped the milk, the constipation went away. Same for us, as soon as we stopped, so did the constipation only we waited to long and he had a really hard time potty training because the constipation interfered with his ability to feel when he had to go. Seriously, get of the milk.

Brandy - posted on 03/03/2010

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I tried all of the foods and juices and they didn't work for my son. My pediatrician told me to try 1/2 a cap full of Miralax for my son and it is working wonderfully.

Megan - posted on 02/21/2010

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liz, my kids don't actually drink anything but water. Juice is all sugar, 8 ounces of grape juice has as much sugar as a can of coke and they don't like milk. We get our calcium requirements from cheese, yogurt, and leafy green veggies. There is new research that suggests that sugar causes osteoporosis. Your body likes to have a pH on the base side of the pH scale and sugar changes your bodies pH to an acid pH so your body will take calcium from were ever it can to try and restore its pH balance. Think about what sugar does to a hard surface like your teeth and then think about the damage it must do to soft tissue.

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CATHY - posted on 12/01/2013

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We have gone from whole milk to almond milk. This seems to have eased his constipation after switching from formula to whole milk. I am now starting to mix the almond milk with whole milk, half each. It seems to be ok on him for now.

Cyndi - posted on 02/28/2010

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Ugh, constipation sucks! When Lucky used to get constipated I would mix some stage 2 prunes with apple sauce or some prune juice with apple juice...sometimes just the apple sauce would work by itself. I try to keep a lot of fruit in his diet because that really seems to help! Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hi Gida, try watering down the milk, then gradually reduce the amount of water until its all milk, this will allow your little girl to adjust to the changes gradually and should prevent any constipation, worked with all mine

Liz - posted on 02/21/2010

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that was VERY helpful. we are still dealing w/ my daughter and constipation. its gotten worse as she's been drinking more milk....im off to the store right now!!! i cant take anymore of this. i feel awful she SCREAMS once a day and she shouldnt be in that much pain @ her age. im really hoping the other milf works bc idk what else to do. we have seriously tried EVERYTHING!!! thank you for your advice.

Roxanne - posted on 02/21/2010

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i started putting about 2 ounces of whole milk mixed with her formula, adding more whole milk about every 4 days before i made the transition to whole milk. She got a little constipated. I also gave her pear juice and it helped out alot. after about 3 weeks we made the transition and she did fine.

Amy - posted on 01/29/2010

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They also sell childrens prebiotics. Its kinda pricey... but you mix it in anything they drink (its a powder) and it will help regulate them. If constipation is the issue i would add it to apple juice or something. That is if Andrea meets the weight requirements of the product. If not Liz's suggestions were great. My son is on and off, will have occasional constipation or diahrea at random. I keep the prebiotics on hand just in case. Oh and it was a recomendation from his doc, not a random thought i had one day lol. Talking to your doctor about it wouldn't hurt either, no reason is a stupid reason to confide in them!

Liz - posted on 01/28/2010

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ive had the WORST luck w/ constipation and my daughter. we tried everything and honestly now that she is over a year and can eat more foods we make sure to give her bread w/ tons of fiber in it. you can do anything w/ fiber which will def. help but bread is very easy for them to eat and she loves it. all the other things didnt work for her like the juices, prune juice, or lots of fruits but it doesnt hurt to try. we also have a script from the doctor that i try not to use but once in awhile have too. good luck!!! i know how hard this can be :-/

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