hard bm's

Michelle - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 49 moms have responded )

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it is really hard for my daughter to pass a bm and when she does she cries and screams cause it is hard as a rock how can i fix that?

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Lisa - posted on 01/06/2010

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both my girls (31 months and 15 months) have issues with pooping, and it is directly related to milk in general. we do rice milk, almond milk, hemp milk, and the issues passed in a day. if either has too much cheese or yogurt... they bind right up again. so... don't skip over an intolerance. they can handle a small amount of milk based products, but too much and they bind right up. we tried juice and it didn't help us at all. so we use a gentle laxative, a natural one from hylands.

Rebecca - posted on 01/06/2010

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My son has the same problem and actually bleeds sometimes. We've tried everything! Prune juice, pear juice, giving more fruits and veggies, etc and nothing seemed to help. When he went for his check-up I discussed it with his doctor. The doctor said that it had to do with the transferring over to whole milk. He told me to give him 1 ounce of prune juice everyday. He also wanted me to give him 8-12 ounces of juice and 24 ounces of milk. Sometimes the prune juice works and he's able to poop and sometimes it does not. The doctor gave me a prescription for a laxative to put in his juice. The laxative is only going to be used until his body adjusts to whole milk. Good luck! My heart goes out to you... its so hard to watch a baby struggle with constipation.

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Kylie - posted on 01/22/2010

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try a popper jiuce thats blackcurrant and apple... apple pieces always help, lots of water.. grapes, no skin, usually more fluids helps.... honey, try it. you need to soften the stools. try custards (fresh or uht ones) . good luck.

Alysia - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son had the same problem and so did my 7yr old daughter when she was this age, and their pediatrician said it's actually more common than you think, and she suggested giving him a quarter cap full of Miralax with his juice or water every day. She also suggested giving him more water to drink and less juice, and to cut back on bananas and applesauce....hope this is helpful because it worked for my son and daughter :)

Kristie - posted on 01/15/2010

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lots of water, fiber, warm apple juice, and to keep mine going I give them Pedialax fiber gummies. You can get them at Target or Walgreens. Also, if it's really bad, my ped. suggested Phillips milk of magnesia - 1 tablespoon for my 2 year old & 1/2 T. for my 15 month old.

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I have recently experienced this. Our daughter had surgery last week on her adnoids and had tubes put in her ears, and it's taking awhile for her bowels to catch up due to being under anethesia. We leave a sippy cup of water out for her at all times, so she can drink water whenever she feels thirsty, since she can't really tell us yet that she is! We also feed her baby food prunes, even if she has a few bites each meal if she is constipated. Keep her hydrated, and watch foods that cause her to be constipated, like cheese. Food that are easy to digest are vegtables, fruits and grains, like rice. Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 01/13/2010

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Two of my children have gone through this. My Pediatrician recommended Miralax which is an over the counter laxative that is very gentle. This has worked wonders. Hang in there! It is so hard to watch your baby go through this. Talk to your Pediatrician for proper dosage and frequency. Also, I have used Karo syrup in the past with great results.

Christy - posted on 01/12/2010

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my little Izzy has had that also i am giving her prune and apple juice mix it worked the next day

Julie - posted on 01/11/2010

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When my son was little he had that problem & I had done the Kyro syrup and it does def. work like a charm. If your child is over 1 and is drinking milk it could be the milk. My daughter who is 15 months now had the problem. Where she wouldn't have a bowel movement and when she did all she did was scream, then we decreased her milk intake and she's on a regular basis now

Nancy - posted on 01/11/2010

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When my son was a little baby and his formula stopped him up, the doctor had me put a tablespoon or two of Karo syrup in his cereal and it worked like a charm. Also give her prunes, prune juice or prune baby food if she won't eat the prunes. My son is still acts like I'm poisoning him when I give him something new, so you may want to start with the baby food version of the prunes. Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 01/10/2010

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If it gets really bad try some warm prune and apple juice. It will help with a bm. Also make sure she is drinking enough liquids throughout the day.

Karen - posted on 01/10/2010

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my daughter had the same problem when she was 6-12months old. i mixed prune juice with her dinner and gave her grapes throughout the day. if i ever ran out of grapes or prune juice, we all new about it.

Lorena - posted on 01/10/2010

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The fiber and liquids are a must but for those acute situations when he/she is trying to go now and can't, give a teaspoon of vegetable oil (or olive oil or what ever edible oil you have). Within a half hour or so the poop will glide out. It is totally natural and won't hurt your baby at all. Your baby may still have some pain because the poop is hard, but it will be out and quickly.

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2010

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Both of my kids have had this problem since they were a few months old. They both have milk intolerance. With our pediatrician approval we have cut all dairy out of our diet. Dairy is not required to have a balanced and healthy diet. He also suggested that we use suppositories when our son went longer than 3 days. Look in the pharmacy area of your grocery/department store. They now have pediatric enemas, suppositories and fiber gummies to help with constipation.

Bridget - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have found that karo syrup works really well.... just add it to a bottle of juice or milk or whatever it is that she drinks. It makes the stool really soft and easier for them to pass. My son had to drink some every now and then but for the most part he was good in that department. My nephew had issues with it and he still does but the karo helped him when he was younger.

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Hey I had the same problem with my son when I put him on milk. The Ped told us to try prune juice. My son at the time wasn't fond of juice so we used to blend a prune with yogurt and he would eat it. They also told me to give him regular juice not the kind from the baby isle. It had to be 100% juice. After we got him to eat the yogurt his bm where going back to normal.

Amber - posted on 01/09/2010

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I just talked wiith my daughters pediatrician about that. My daughter screams and cries and sometimes there is even blood in her stools because it is so hard. I have been giving her more fruit, and cutting back on her dairy. The Dr stated that cheese is 3oz of dairy where milk and ice cream is 1 oz per 1 oz. He told me to only giver her up to 24oz of dairy a day. I have been doing this for a week and she is having soft bowel movements again. I was giving her way to much cheese, and didn't even know it. And I was taking the skin off the apples and the grapes, so she didn't choke. He said the skin is really good for them, so to cut it up into smaller pieces. If that doesn't work, your Dr can give the baby a stool softner or even a laxative, that was our next step if cutting back on the dairy didn't help. Thats what worked for my baby!

Samantha - posted on 01/09/2010

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You cNan put like a 1/2 of a teaspoon of Karo syrup in her cup of either milk or juice and it sgould loosen her bowels i would use the light karo not the dark the dark has more of a taste than the light and the key is for them not to taste a difference or they wont drink it good luck

Abok - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is 14 month and had been through the same thing. He like to drink a lots of water and eat high fiber food and more fruit which make it easy for him to poop. All the best.

Lakisha - posted on 01/09/2010

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i had same probably with my baby whos 15 months - her ped suggested miralax & shes had soft ones every since.. good luck

Rachael - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son had the same problem and was so hard that he bleeds sometimes. Probably passing stool was so tedius that he only goes once every 3 days and the vicious cycle continues...My doctor prescribed duphalac (stool softener) as an immediate measure to ease him so that he wouldn't develop phobia on passing motion, and at the same time i change his breakfast to Heinz muesli & apple (lots of fibre!) and ever since then, he goes everyday, no more crying and straining!

Frances - posted on 01/09/2010

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You can buy "sweet oil" from your local pharmacy. It is amazingly cheap and you only have to add 3/4 drops in your baby's mixed formula milk.

Heidi - posted on 01/09/2010

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I took our daughter to the dr today for this exact problem. She handed me a 3pg pamplet on poop LOL! Anyways stay away from bananas, orange juice, milk, cheese, yogurt, and carrots. She suggested we try prune, pear, or apple juice. Lots of fresh veggies like peas, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower. Also, graham crackers have fiber in them and our daughter likes them (I usually get Teddy Grahams). Oatmeal, whole wheat bread, white rice, beans, etc. FiberOne makes a cereal thats like Cin. Toast Crunch but it's loaded w/Fiber. I get it because it's easy for her to self-feed w/o milk. And lastly my dr told me that if that 'diet' didn't work after 2-3 days then buy Miralax and mix 1/2 of the recommended adult dose in juice or water. Hope that helps!

Tyisha - posted on 01/09/2010

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I took my son to the doctor and he told me to give him one tsp. of milk of magnesia every other day and it worked and he was 8 mths then he sent my son to have a barrium enema ( painful) and thankfully found nothing wrong so I decided to not give my baby anymore milk of magnesia and started giving him Gerber organic pears and organic pear juice everyday and sometime he drinks superfood green machine by odwalla ( very high in fiber and taste good too ) it works and I feel my son is getting his daily intake of fruit too

Karen - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son has the same thing sometimes. More water and liquids in general tends to help over time. But if it gets to the point of pain and crying then I give him some prune juice in his water and that starts things moving again. It's not pretty but it works ;)

Lisa - posted on 01/08/2010

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water water and more water. a bit of kiwifruit will help too but MOST constipation is caused by dehydration and its hard to get babies to drink enough water

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2010

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when my daughter would get constipated I would give her some prunes to snack on 2 or 3 should do the trick

Teresa - posted on 01/08/2010

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Oops, one other hint: when she is having trouble passing it and starts to cry, take off her diaper and hold her legs up toward her chest a bit (a simulated squatting position) to help open the passage and remove any external pressure or resistance that would make it harder.

Teresa - posted on 01/08/2010

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Despite the very well-intentioned posters who suggested the old karo syrup fix, you should NOT feed your child corn syrup! Even though our moms and grandmas did this, pediatricians who have been through med school within the past decade will tell you that this is not a good idea at all. Try foods high in fiber and lots of healthy liquids.Prunes are great! Get a container of prunes and cut a couple up small so that she doesn't choke on them. My daughter has the same problem and she really likes them. She can self-feed, or sometimes I mix them with yogurt. I would also suggest cutting cheese for a week and seeing if that helps (my daughter gets constipated if she has even just a little bit of cheese, and since she can get the benefits of dairy from other dairy foods, we just cut it completely).

Dori - posted on 01/08/2010

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I give my little girl 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of children's probiotics every morning in the jusice I make for her and it keeps her bm's soft and easy to pass. You can get it on vitacost.com and one jar will last you at least a month. It is also good to help boost there immune system!

Tracy - posted on 01/08/2010

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Both my boys had the same problem. I did two things. First I took them to a chiropractor, I know most doctors absolutely refuse for people to see a chiropractor, but I swear by them. I take my kids to a childrens chiropractor so it is a little different than when an adult goes. They use pressure with their fingertips instead of pulling on various body parts. But whenever my kids get constipated or can't sleep I take them straight to the chiropractor and problem solved. The second thing I did was take them off milk for awhile. It's the milk protein in cows milk that some kids just can't handle right away. So I just put them on soy milk, but you can get various types of milk that does not have milk protein, just read the labels. I put them on the soy milk for about 3 weeks and then slowly put them back on regular milk and than I had no problems.

Jana - posted on 01/08/2010

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We put 7 mL of aloe vera juice into her bottle every day and watch what we feed her-lots of veggies and fruit....

Coby - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi my daughter went thru the same thing now I give her Kiwi fruit every other day ( natural laxative) and try to get her to drink a lot of water. I hope it gets easier for her.

Kim - posted on 01/07/2010

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I've had the same issue with my 14 month son. I let him sip about a 1/4 cup of apple juice (not diluted) and it seems to help with the constapation.

Stephanie - posted on 01/07/2010

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1 tablespoon caro syrup with 6 ounces of water warmed to room temperature my first born is 4 and still needs this remedy once in a while. My OBGYN told me this homeopathic remedy I truly hope this works for you too.

Traci - posted on 01/07/2010

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ha. i have the complete opposite problem, but when my son was smaller, we would give him prune or cherry juice in his formula. that helped a lot!!

Tawny - posted on 01/07/2010

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high fiber foods are a must, but you could give her diluted prune juice (or a prune/apple mixture) to get things moving quickly.

Kirsten - posted on 01/07/2010

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My oldest son (now 5) had the same problem when he was on whole milk. When he was old enough we transferred him to semi-skimmed milk, and he's never had a problem sinse!

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Fluids are the main solution to your problem. We also use a stool softener occasionally into milk, which increases oils into her bowels to move problems along. The stool softener we use is a liquid which is caramel flavored. Tablet version of same often given to pregnant mums.

Rena - posted on 01/06/2010

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With my daughhter when I notice her struggling I will sit her on the "big girl" potty. I have done this since three months old and it helps everytime. Also I would mention it to her doctor next check up some children need a little extra help. My niece was this way and she out grew the problem. Good luck!!

Stephanie - posted on 01/06/2010

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We struggled with this while transitioning from formula to whole milk- it's awful watching a lil one in pain like that!!! We use the Kyro/ light corn syrup in the bottle/cup. It really just takes a drop- if the next bm isn't any better, add another drop to the next cup. I also increased her water intake. We only have about 4-6 ounces of juice first thing in the morning- tooo much sugar! After that, she has a water sippy with her all through the day. She drinks anywhere from 16-24 ounces of water a day! I also found out that not all juices will help them with their bm's. Apple juice constipates my daughter like crazy! As little as 2 ounces can plug her up bad! Hope things get better for your little one!

Kat - posted on 01/05/2010

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Pear juice is what they sometimes offer pregnant woman who have trouble going, so maybe an appropriate version of the same for bub might help.

Yvonne - posted on 01/04/2010

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We used to add a tsp of Kayro to her bottle of milk. Try prunes. I keep Stage2 prunes on hand, just in case.

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Liquids are great too. First thing in the morning give her some water and then a good big drink of milk. My daughter drinks between 140-160ml of soy milk in the morning before breakfast. I found that it really helped with constipation.

Best wishes!

September - posted on 01/04/2010

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Feed her things that are high in fiber. Making sure that she is getting 3 or more servings of fruits and veggies a day will help. Pears work well for our son. Good luck!

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