hard time pooping, any suggestions?

CoreyAnn - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughter is having a hard time pooping and I'm wondering if you guys have any tips on what I can do to help her. She's not exactly constipated, but she REALLY has to work at it and I feel bad for her, I'm already giving her prunes with oatmeal, plus she's breast fed. I heard that if I massage her stomach with some kind of oil that might help but I can't remember what kind of oil to use, does anyone know? any tips are welcome, thanks!

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The nurses at the hospital told me a little brown sugar would get things moving... and it did! I couldn't believe I'd never heard that before.

Anna - posted on 10/21/2009

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Good suggestions...

The most basic thing would be to make sure she is getting enough water... (in addition to fiber)

We just get a blueberry flavored acidophilus from the health food store by American Health or something like that...

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If you're going to massage her tummy, make sure you're very gentle and move in a circular clock wise direction. The large intestine comes up the right side, goes across and down the left side and out. That's the path her poop will take and massage in that direction will encourage it to go that way. Good luck!

Kaysie - posted on 02/14/2010

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We used prunes, water, water with fruit juice (apple, prune or white grape). If you are still breast feeding you should follow a similar diet. Also watch your dairy and wheat products intake because they could be interfering with her system, may be too much for her. Look into baby yoga, there are a few posses that add with digestion, try Itsy Bitsy Yoga-most libraries have it.

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TWO things: first, avoid the "BRAT" diet items: bananas, rice, applesauce and toast (wheat). Second, prunes are great but barley also takes care of any issues with constipation, and I've observed that it's gentler on my son's system. I don't know how old your daughter is (at this point she's almost 5 months older than she was when you first posted), but I would also suggest trying whole-milk yogurt with live and active cultures.

Donna - posted on 02/11/2010

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First, make sure your daughter is getting enough water into her body. If you are feeding her oatmeal and prunes, you may be giving her too much fiber and not enough liquid for the body to loosen everything and let it pass. Oatmeal actually absorbs water and combined with the prunes you are giving her quite a punch!

Probiotics can help with getting things going. I find that yogurt, which has probiotics occurring naturally in it, helps the body get the bowels to their job. You may also try juices that have sorbitol in them such as prune (during the "juicing" process, the fiber gets taken out but not the sorbitol), cherry, apple, and peach. Sorbitol can be used as a non-stimulant laxative. It works by drawing water into the large intestines resulting in bowel movement.

You may also want to avoid cheeses and bananas for a while since that can also contribute to constipation. You may also try not to introduce too many new foods at the same time. I'm not sure how old your daughter is but if she is just starting on solids it may be a good idea to back off for a while and go back to basics. Hope that information helps!

Tehnaz - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi, I too had kids with pooping problems. Any waming oil will do. Massage in a clockwise direction. I recall giving mineral oil jelly to my daughter-but that depands on how old yours is. All the best.

Zuzana - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter poops after eating fresh apples or drinking fresh apple/carrot juice. She was not breastfed for very long though. When she did not poo for three days, we used glycerine suppositories. She did not give any time to absorb it, when we irritated her anus by inserting the suppository, she pushed immediately... good luck

Diane - posted on 02/06/2010

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I never wait until my son is constipated to take action, I take it before it gets to that point. Earth's Best organic baby foods has jarred pureed prunes in their stage 1 foods. I usually mix some of it in with whatever he is already eating & it really helps. If you can't get that, then I sometimes mix 1 or 2 oz of prune juice into his formula. I repeat either or these processes until he's pooping easily.

Jeri - posted on 02/05/2010

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Oh...I forgot to mention. My son was really picky about trying new foods, etc.. Anyway it works great to mix the mineral oil with something and put it in a sippy cup or bottle especially if they're old enough to notice that you added it. We used to use Chocolate milk and he never knew!

Jeri - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son was very constipated...for over a year we tried EVERYTHING...different foods, medications included which actually seemed to make it worse...nothing worked...it got to the point that he would cry because it was so uncomfortable. I felt so helpless and I didn't know what to do...we ended up taking him in for an enema (probably not necessary in your daughters case) to at least get him cleared out and then we started giving him mineral oil (a natural remedy)...starting out with 1-2 tablespoons a couple times a day....then we went down to one and then just every so often when things started getting "difficult". Within about 6 months he didn't need it except once in a while. The miracles of a natural, simple approach with amazing results!

Alyssa - posted on 02/04/2010

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I don't know if your daughter is still having trouble, but I use pumpkin to help my son go more regularly. Pumpkin has so much natural fiber that within 12 hours of eating it, he goes at least once sometimes twice. We also make sure that William eats yogurt once a day, every day. It helps promote healthy digestion. :o)

Rebecca - posted on 02/02/2010

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Chronic constipation is a sign of gluten intolerance. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. My son was chronically constipated and often bloated as a young child. The pediatrician said, "some people just don't go as often." Later, I saw an herbalist for my own health and she told me that when someone is chronically constipated, the FIRST thing she checks for is a gluten allergy or intolerance. You may want to try eliminating these grains and their derivatives (malt) from both your diets for a couple of weeks and see if she improves.

Joelle - posted on 01/20/2010

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Try a cool cloth massage. Start at her lower right hip go up to just below her rib cage then across to the left then back down. The best oils for massage are grapeseed or hemp oil. Olive oil tends to stain everything but most people have it on hand. If you see a massage therapist, ask if you could have a little of his/her lotion.

Good luck...Joelle

Sheila - posted on 01/05/2010

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I would suggest olive oil for the massage, it's all natural, no synthetics like baby oil. I watch The Doctors on TV... they said a backwards "c" motion on the stomach because that's the direction the bowels move.

Renee - posted on 11/13/2009

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Probiotics, I use a pwdr form, you can mix it in water in their sippy cup or in their cereal in the morning and evening. Plus it just helps with any digestive issues and all around good health!

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There is a great herbal product put out by Dr. Christopher called Kid-e-reg that is fantastic for this purpose. You can find it at www.herbsfirst.com. It helps loosen the stools but also strengthens the bowels. If she is breastfed and having struggles, I would suggest that maybe your diet needs to be adjusted. Perhaps cutting out dairy would help. You can also use caraway essential oil and mix it with olive oil and massage it on the stomach or on the feet near the reflexology points for the intestinal system.

Lisha - posted on 10/01/2009

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Try giving her a probiotic. It has been the best thing to regulate mt kids. Try this one. http://lthigpen.myshaklee.com/us/en/prod...

It is a tiny capsule that I always put in my babies applesauce or prunes. There are lots of probiotics on the market, but this one is guarenteed to deliver the bateria alive to the intestines. I gave them to her for a week. Then I continued to give her this multi-vitamin with a prebiotic that keeps the good bacteria alive. http://lthigpen.myshaklee.com/us/en/prod...



The doctors just kept telling me to give her laxatives. That was not an option. We have had such great success with this combo. I hope it helps.

Cheryl - posted on 09/29/2009

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Is she mostly breastfed except for a little oatmeal? What else does she eat? Because if that's it then she's not getting enough fiber to make any poop so that's why she's probably having difficulty gets what little she has out. Does she eat apple slices, cut up grapes, naw on carrot sticks or green peppers or gree beans?? Does she have any whole grain toast or sandwiches?? She needs more bulk is what it sounds like to me. If that doesn't help or makes her constipated then I would definately bring it up at her next well baby visit!!

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