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