my 9 month old is having a very hard time pooping. she screams and cries and tries to push and can't get it out without help. you can see it, but she has a hard time. i've tried karo syrup, no luck and now we're trying prune juice. still really no help.

Sheri - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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this has been going on for a week now. i try wiggling her legs and rubbing her belly. if it's out enough, i pull it out for her. if it's not, i just rub her belly and try to talk to her. nurse said karo syrup, but then doc said no because that's for babies under 6 months. doc said prune juice, green veggies and fruit but not banana or applesauce. i started that yesterday and this morning she had a hard time going again. after she finally goes, she's back to the happy, laughing baby she always is. i don't know what else to do for her. doc says to see a specialist cuz her hole might need to be stretched. honestly, i don't think that's the case. she's made bigger poops then these with no problems before. she was also just put on whole milk because she was refusing the formula and not gaining enough weight. she does love the milk and is drinking what she should be now. doc also said whole milk wouldn't have anything to do with this. any advice would be appreciated because it breaks my heart when she's in such pain and i can't do anything!

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Toni - posted on 07/10/2011

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My doctor told me to lower my child's iron intake briefly and give Karo syrup. It did the trick. We used Low Iron formula for a short time and he began to poop again. Sometime too much iron is to blame.

Caroline - posted on 07/05/2011

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try doctors for movical my wee girl had problems to and takes this once a day to help her go!!

Katie - posted on 06/28/2011

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syrup of figs is menna help. the problem is constipation is common and it took me a while to get anyone to listen to me about my daughter. have you taken photo's and shown the doc? make sure she drinks plently of fluids (water, squash etc) to try and soften it. baby massage can help too. if the doc isn't helping much try small alterations to her diet (eg, cut out fatty food, high dairy foods etc) and see if that improves things. i know it is heartbreaking seeing your child like this but try not to let it show - don't want to risk her becoming scared of going. it is really difficult (i used to watch my daughter beating me, friends and herself up coz it hurt so much) but try to keep strong. if u do get to see a specialist they should be able to determine if it's her diet/a physical problem/just one of those things. hope it improves soon for u! xxx

ME - posted on 05/16/2011

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I think my daughter (who had this problem from 6 weeks on) was able to start Miralax (sp?) in a pink and white container...powered vegetable laxative...at around 9 months of age. It worked like a miracle :) She only needed to take it 2-3 times and has been mostly regular ever since...

Meagan - posted on 05/16/2011

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My daughter had a similar problem, except it started at a younger age. She wouldn't drink prune juice, so her pedi said diluted white grape juice will help soften up the poop and help her push it out, and it worked! Half white grape juice, half water, I think it was once or twice a day. You can always give that a try!

Jackie - posted on 05/16/2011

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Have you tried Lactilose? that might help, you can buy it from any chemist.im not sure about the age tho, but someone at the chemist might be able to suggest something.My granddaughter is similar, she goes red in the face and you can see the pain.Im almost sure the dr gave her Lactilose too.
Hope you get sorted
Jackie

Alice - posted on 05/15/2011

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hmmmm...has she been examined for a fishure (not sure if its spelled right) but what that is means a tiny membrane in the bowel that bulges out and causes pain while pooping and harder stools...my oldest daughter had this...it was awful! I am not a doctor of course but I can tell u that water helps, but if weight gain is an issue, maybe in small quantities so as not to replace milk...
also you say 'you pull it out for her'...am sure you are careful but it might be better to put a small amount of vaseline (unscented) on bum (around anus) carefully...so the lubricant can help her push it out instead..
If the switch to whole milk has been recent I disagree with your doctor, any change in diet can cause constipation..it has been my experience that formula was better until 12 months...easier to digest and all that but since he recommended that change it may just be that your baby will adjust to the change and this is only temporary...gosh I hope I helped even a little...good luck and take care...

Dixie-Ann - posted on 05/15/2011

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hi give her lots of water and go to the pharmacy and ask for milk of magnesia it will soften her poops it is also mild and will not hurt her stomach u can also give her lots of ripe mangoes it will work try it

Shannon - posted on 05/15/2011

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sometimes cheese will back you up bad..my oldest had trouble once ..if your giving alot of cheese back off of it..if its not cheeses... I would also ask your doctor to try Miralax. It works well in looseing up hard stools. Rubbing your baby's tummy in circular gentle motions and warm baths can also get babies pooping again. or could be lacked certain nutrients like vitamin C and magnesium. i have used.. vitamin C drops and Natural Calm for children . Now she is free from constipation and has soft poops. We use vitamin C drops and Natural Calm for children from Whole Foods. It works like a charm for us. I hope this helps.New foods, be it formula or solids foods, is a very common reason for constipation in babies.. There are a number of factors that contribute to a child becoming constipated. The most common is a diet high in milk products and low in fiber. well good luck

Sheri - posted on 05/15/2011

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Thank you both for your help! I guess all the prunes and prune juice helped! For the 1st time in 4 days, Ella went on her own and without screaming and crying! I am going to keep up the prune juice so we hopefully never have this problem again! I am so relieved!

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2011

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I thought fiber was good for when it's difficult to go as well? You could try that, too, perhaps....

Jennifer - posted on 05/14/2011

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I'm not sure if one would have anything to do with the other, but, ask the doctor to run a food allergy test on her. Maybe she's allergic to something. Just an idea....

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