constipation since birth, anyone has thins problem HELP

Chelsea - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I KIND OF NEED TO VENT, My daughter is 9 months old and has been constipated pretty much from birth, SHE WAS BREASTFED TILL 6 MONTHS when i had to start suplementing with formula by 7 1/2 month she was on formula. first her ped. passed the strain to pass a bowel movement off as she just hasent learned how to pass a stool yet. then by one month he said give her gas drops, so i did and it worked, then at three months she was still getting constipated and he told me to give juice, so i did, half water and half juice, about 6 oz a day, then i took her in again at 4 months and he told to give her undiluted juice nad introduce her to baby cereal for the fiber, so i did. at 6 months she started to pass stool so large and hard that her anus would bleed and i would have to help pull her stool out, so again i took her to the doctor who told me to give her prune juice and corn syrup,(high fructose corn syrup can contain traces of mercury close to the amount of tuna) 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day. SO i did, i gave her undiluted prune juice and prune baby food and it worked, now at 9 months she refuses to drink or eat anything prune, anything pear and is starting to refuse apples. The only way i can get her to drink juice is mixed in with her formula. SHE HAS ONCE AGAIN BECAME EXTREAMLY CONSTIPATED TO THE POINT I KNOW CRY EVERYTIME SHE POOPS. i cant tell you the last time she pooped in a diaper because i always have to take it off to help her, as my little baby screams, i cry and this has been routine for so long that i hadent even realized that the big picture is WHY WHY WHY is she constipated and WHY HASENT THE DOCTOR TRIED TO FIGURE OUT THE CAUSE RATHER THEN THE TREATMENT. I take her again to the doctor hopefully tommorow, and upon the relization tonight of how long she has had this problem feel like such a horrible mom for not speaking up, not asking questions and not demanding answers. I didnt metion the fact that she is below the 0% in weight and in height and didnt double her birth weight till 9 months, is still wearing 3-6 month clothes, size 1 shoes, o-3 month onsies and size two diapers.



PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS HAD THIS PROBLEM AND HAS A CHILD WHO HAS A DIAGNOSIS TO WHY THEY ARE CONSTIPATED PLEASE GIVE AT LEAST AN IDEA OF WHAT COULD BE GOING ON.

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Baby cereal has zero fiber. Make oatmeal from steel cut oats and cook them for at least an hour or more so they're easy to swallow. They're so fibrous that my strapping 190 pound teenager can't eat them without getting the runs.

Try avoiding anything with extra iron for a bit. Iron supplements bind me up something fierce.

Please avoid miralax unless specifically instructed by your doctor. That strapping son of mine took 1 tablespoon and couldn't stay out of the bathroom all day.

Ask your doctor if you can use prep-h suppositories to lubricate the rectum and anus which will make it easier to go. What about adding fish oil to her diet? Like krill oil? I know it'll tase lousy but it may work.

Good luck.

Christina - posted on 05/27/2012

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Hopefully you have found an answer by now, but I was doing some research because of my own LO's constipation from birth. Because of your infants failure to thrive, I would suggest that you research Hirschsprung’s disease. My baby is just constpated continually BUT she is a tall chunky monkey! Check it out, and best wishes

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/15/2010

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PLEASE go see another doctor! I am so sorry that you are going through this! I went through something similiar, but for a short span of time. I did get glycerine suppositories for my son, and only had to use it once. If your baby will eat the organic Gerber prunes 1/2 container mixed with stoneyfield vanilla yogurt (try equal parts) that REALLY helped my son and it actually tasted good! Stay away from apples becouse they will actually constipate..adn you are right on track with the pears. But it sounds like you need another pediatrician honey....truly good luck!

Tammy - posted on 01/15/2010

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Oh you poor thing. I feed so sad for you and your daughter. This is definitly not right. I would recommend seeing another doctor, obviously it is not working. Or DEMAND that your current doctor find out what is happening, not just change the diet. Obviously changing the diet only works for a small period of time. Perhaps your daughter has an underlying condition after reading your post and your mention of her height/weight? As you mentioned, you fully breastfeed for 6 months and exclusively bf babies should not get constipated.

Chelsea - posted on 01/15/2010

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most people and doctors say that a change in diet can result in constipation but i our cause the constipation has been treated with a change in diet

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