6 month Baby Constipating - Need Advice

Ashley - posted on 03/30/2012 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6months+. She was exclusively breast fed and we started solids last months. Everything was fine. Lately she is having problem with her stool. She only Pooh once a week. 2 days ago I have tried Prune juice; 1 table spoon of Prune mix with 1oz of water twice a day. She hates it. And she never liked fluid from bottles either. After failing miserably, today I tried for breakfast oatmeal cereal mix with 1 Tablespoon of Prune Juice and water mix she loved it. Her last Pooh was Monday, Itz been four days and iam still waiting. Is there anything else I should try. Your advice will greatly appreciated. Thank You in advance. 

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"any child that goes that long without having a bowel movement is both unhealthy and unsafe"



I totally disagree with this statement. If the child is passing hard, dark colored pellet like stools, then that is a problem whether they go 20 times a day or 1x a week. From the description of the baby's poop, the child isn't constipated, is in no danger and that's just how her body is working.

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Do not give a baby, under a year old, honey! They lack the necessary enzymes to digest it and it can make them sick.

Sawsan - posted on 12/28/2012

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Try pears juice or pears puree , see how it goes , and try to give her a little bit water like 20 ml after solids or after 15 minutes , also bicycle legs exercise , if all this did not help then go to the doctor and he or she can give you medicine, cereals and banana highly constipating to prevent that mix them with prune and pears , good luck .

Diane - posted on 04/01/2012

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I don't know why I didn't think of Kayro Syrup myself!! My youngest child ( the father of the grand daughter I spoke of) was a very sickly baby. I wasn't able to breast feed because I was iron deficient. He couldn't handle any formula, because it all curdled on his stomach and always came right back up. At 3 months old we started him on whole milk and Kayro Syrup. At 4 months he was on people foor that we just smashed up. He is now 21, 6ft 2in and 365lbs!! You would never be able to look at him and ever think he was a sickly baby. At 10 months old he weighed 40lbs and scooted around on his belly. He never learned to crawl. At 13 months he started walking, then learned to crawl. Good luck with your daughter!! I raised 6 kids. 4 boys and 2 girls. I am now 42 and the proud gammy of 3 girls and a boy!!!!





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Amanda - posted on 12/13/2015

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New stomachs of little ones won't accept everything because of their fresh digestive system. It's not a big problem just use babies magic tea and your baby will get soothed from constipation.

Julia - posted on 08/16/2012

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My baby is 8 months & when we added in baby food veggies, her stools got alot thicker, real fast. She was straining alot & a little fussy. I bought the little plastic tubs of Gerber Prunes with Apples. That is her favorite food. I give her some, about 1/2 a tub every other day now. Sometimes, days get busy or she prefers nursing to solid food, so some days she drinks only breastmilk. Her stools are mushy, but not hard for her to get out anymore. You just need to adjust for your own little one, according to how her body reacts. Each kid is different.

Sophia - posted on 04/04/2012

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So a woman on here posted. Putting a little soap in the rectum area helps break down the fat in the poop so it comes out. I tried it and boy does it work. I too was waiting for a week and nothing. mean while his cries got louder and he was clearly uncomfortable. It's tough to give them any thing when they are constipated especially when they are new to food. Prune juice is ok at first but if used to much the body will say "alright juice you got this poop thing...then while you take care of that I'll work over here" and then they get even more constipated not to mention all the sugar in the juice doesn't help. I have read all the moms say take this, take that, my doc said a little of this will work. But while you are going thru the list and if it's not working for your baby it really only makes the problem worse . stuffing them isnt the answer nor is giving them something foreign The trick is to simulate the rectum. I did the soap in the bum and now he's pooping great! one a day sometimes 2. I am happy with that because he is on solids now, along with being breastfed. when you feed the baby put breast milk in it and water it down( with clean water) and for the soap. use a little piece of about 1/2in around or so. of bar soap making sure the sharp edges are smoothed out then with warm water soap up your baby's bum. making sure you get a little in the rectum. keep doing it i would suggest no more then maybe twice a day but its soap i don't think it will hurt if you do it more. but remember it doesn't pay to be excessive with a baby. her little body is just getting used to food but if it persist then you should talk to your pediatrician because there might be a bigger problem. and as far as food goes keep it simple and try to keep it organic. beware: jar baby food can make your baby constipated. I have 2 kids one who is 14 and I never fed him jar food. the only baby food he got was a 1 grain cereal mixed with milk and water. everything else was fresh food mashed..now they have a little bowl with a masher connected to it @ walmart or target. Avocado is great for babies . I feed my baby just oatmeal, and avocado mashed with water and maybe 2-3 drops of fresh lime juice. and he is going regularly. hope this helps.also try not to put anything in he bottle other than milk. Now that she is eating you have to make it clear that drinks are in cups and milk comes from teat or bottle. i suggest nuby stage 1 cup.our little guy likes ice water. I think it's because it feel good on his gums and he can shake his cup and make noise with the ice. He loves it! feel free to contact me if you need detailed info ms.acook@yahoo.com...but I hope this was helpful for you. =0) good luck....a fellow mom

Carolie - posted on 04/01/2012

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Also, applesauce is constipating, so feeding her applesauce is not a good idea.



My daughter only pooped twice a week until she was over 6 months old, and she was PERFECTLY healthy and fine. It is not unhealthy or unsafe to poop only once a week, as long as she's wetting enough diapers, the poo is soft and not hard, and she's gaining weight.

Carolie - posted on 04/01/2012

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As long as her poo is not hard like little pebbles or little logs, and she is wetting 5-6 diapers a day, she should be fine. Be happy she doesn't poo more often! :D But if it's hard pebbles or logs, or if she seems in pain, or if she is not wetting enough diapers, go to the doctor. You don't want her to get dehydrated!

Miriam - posted on 04/01/2012

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any child that goes that long without having a bowel movement is both unhealthy and unsafe. what are you feeding her besides oatmeal? you really need to consult your pediatrician. I am usually very laid back about stuff but not having bowel movements is not good. in the meantime try giving more fiber, less sugar and carbs. make your own applesauce (fiber from th apples) . By all means don't waste anytime on this.

Danielle - posted on 04/01/2012

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If she doesn't like the bottle, try a sippy cup. My sister did that with my youngest niece (who was breastfed also.) I think they still make prunes as a solid food. Have you tried that?

Frené - posted on 04/01/2012

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My son went from having 1-2 dirty nappies per day to 1 in 7 days, literally overnight! Being just as concerned, I headed for the doctor who told me anything from 7 dirty nappies a day to 1 dirty nappy in 7 days are normal. I was still breastfeeding and concerned that something in my diet could have caused it (as at the time of happening we went visiting my in-laws for a few weeks and my mother-in-law cooks completely differently to me), however, my stools never changed. From then on for a few months, Friday mornings became the big clean-up times! Personally, I'll never be able to push something up my baby's rectum. Wish you all the best!

Diane - posted on 03/31/2012

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My grand daughter was doing the same thing when she was introduced to solid foods. I went to my local pharmacy called Rite Aid.. They have childrens suppositories in the aisle with the adult constipation meds. The one I grabbed said infant suppositories on the tag, but the label on the container was child size suppositories, but for ages 6 and over. The pharmacist said it will be safe for her, just take a razor blade and cut the suppository in half length wise and smooth the edges, that way it will fit in her rectum. So I came home and did what he said, and within a day she had 2 bowel movements, and one or two a day after that!! Good luck!!

Edna - posted on 03/31/2012

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have you tried giving the child a good amount of water in a sippie cup I have found that water along with some exercise like moving legs, like pushing legs or knees up to bottom several times a day helps good luck

April - posted on 03/31/2012

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I always mixed either prune baby food or applesauce into my kids baby oatmeal and made sure they had the fruit and or juice at least once a day. worked great for my daughter when she had bowel issues.

Markita - posted on 03/31/2012

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Don't feed her the cereal, it has no nutritional value and is probably what is stopping her up. Go straight to veggies, stage 1 of course. Also, don't freak out. It's completely normal for them to not go for a couple days when you start feeding them food. My oldest would go once a week but he was never constipated. Ask your ped they should tell you it's normal.

Tina - posted on 03/31/2012

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Once you start solids their system will slow down a bit - we usually feed 1/2 Apple Juice & 1/2 Water with meals in a Sippy cup to avoid that misery. Also - it will take her a while to get used to passing the harder stool - Breastmilk Stools are easily passed - but unless she passes peeble like poop she is not constipated.

Some things you can do to make it easier to pass stool is applying vaseline around her anus and pedaling her legs. -But as said unless she is in misery or passing pebble or bunny like poops she is fine and just adjusting to this new sensation.

Cyndi - posted on 03/31/2012

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I just wanted to add to Amy who said probiotics powder that is a great product! My SIL who is a nurse and Mom recommended. She said also to use it whenever they have to take antibiotics to prevent horrible diarrhea which often occurs with antibiotics. Thankfully I've only had to use for that a few times in two years. But, wanted to pass along. My baby did get horribly dehydrated with diarrhea first time she took antibiotics and I was calling the nurse for our health insurance like 3 times in a 12 hour period. I learned about spoon feeding a tbs of pedialyte every 5 minutes. There is just so much stuff to learn as a new mom.

Cyndi - posted on 03/31/2012

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Believe it or not plain old apple juice worked and still does for my daughter. She also was constipated at 6 mos with new food. I mixed 3 oz apple juice with 3 oz water and worked. Other than that she still drank formula. The doctor advised me to try this before anything stronger and thank goodness it worked. I still give her 5 or 6oz with water each day, that's only juice she gets.

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Ashley, if it's mustardy and soft, she is definitely NOT constipated so I would just let her go when her body needs to. If her stools become dark colored and firm or especially if they get to the hard pellet stage, then definitely she's constipated.



I know it's unnerving to not change a diaper everyday but my son was EXACTLY the same way. As long as the poop is the way you describe it, she's fine.

Kendall - posted on 03/31/2012

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You can give her a Suppository every 3 days... You can get them at wal-mart and it will make her go instantly! My daughter has stomach problems and that is what I had to do! My pediatrician says they are not constipated til the 3rd day of not going! Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2012

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Hello Everyone,



Thank You all for your Advice. She Pooped today morning… And she is a happy camper rite now.. all smiley and playing. 

Iam not sure the Oatmeal with Prune Juice worked or Butternut Squash did the wonder. She pooped without making lotz of fuss.

I have tried the tummy massage and bicycle exercise then gave her a warm bath. I guess it added the little help she needed 



I will keep in mind Kayro Syrup, brown Sugar and Raisin Tea for next time.



Definatly I am not giving Honey to my lil one atleast not yet. She is too much to digest it. No honey until she is one.



@ Jen it was mustard and much smeary and creamier than usual Pooh





You Guyz are Great :)

Ramona - posted on 03/31/2012

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Lots of posts on honey ;-) How is your daughter doing now? Did you try anything from here that worked? Blessings to all.

Amy - posted on 03/31/2012

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Baby probiotics (including acidophilus, bifidus etc.). You can get them in powder form and mix it into her food. There is no flavor. You may consider cutting back on the solids a bit, 6 month olds don't need a lot of extra foods if they are good nursers.

Tina - posted on 03/31/2012

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I've always used a little bit of brown sugar in some luke warm water. It's worked every time about 15 mls or so of water and roughly a teaspoon of sugar. If she doesn't like the bottle try a sippy cup. Or a syringe to put a little in her mouth. Just last week my daughter was a little constipated. She woke up through the night upset. I gave her a little sugar water and massaged her belly it help relax and calm her down. In the early hours of the morning it worked she'd pooped and was back to her normal happy self. I'd suggest limiting how much solids she's getting like once a day or trying something different

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Not to be gross, but what does the poo look like? This will tell you if she really is constipated. It it hard pellets and dark dark colored or mustard color and smeary?

Lindi - posted on 03/31/2012

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Hi, why don't you try a little honey with his oatmeal. It's a natural sweetner and helps with constipation as well. Try and get your child to eat apples (skinned and grated) in natural yoghurt and sweetened with honey for a wholesome breakfast. Worked for my daughter ...

Ramona - posted on 03/30/2012

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Raisin tea works wonders! Cover one part raisins to three parts pure water; bring to a boil, then simmer approximately five minutes; set aside to completely cool. Voila - raisin tea. My son loved it in his cereal and in a bottle. Raisin tea was well tolerated and kept him regular.

Patricia - posted on 03/30/2012

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try a lil kayro syrup i think thats how you spell it lol kayro syrup the clear kind add to water shake it and give it the baby will love itand it helps.. i used that and helped my kids.. not to much tho its sugar...

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More breast milk is good if she is actually constipated (or good anyway). Time between poops does not necessarily mean a problem though. The consistency of the poop when it actually happens is a better indicator.

Amy - posted on 03/30/2012

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Breastfed babies can go up to 14 days without a bowel movement so I wouldn't be overly concerned that it's only been 4 days. If you are truly concerned though I would do less solids and more breastmilk till she isn't backed up.

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