How can I help soften my babies stool.

Lindsey - posted on 01/18/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have 7 month old twin girls and one has trouble pooping. They both are breastfed and refuse to take bottles. I have tried giving her prune juice or water with a sippie cup, medicine dropper or spoon. I give her prunes, pears, peaches, Appricot, peas, beans. Nothing works. They are now on Oatmeal Cereal. I have done suppositories and they don't really work either. Any suggestions??

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Emilie - posted on 01/19/2012

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I was going to suggest prunes but you said they don't work----I have heard that Karo syrup helps, or sugar water.

Lindsey - posted on 01/19/2012

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Thanks Colleen! We already have a dr. appointment booked. I will ask her about this!

With the suppository, it does brig out some poop but it doesn't fix the problem because next time she goes it is just as bad.

Colleen - posted on 01/18/2012

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the first thing to do, I think, is have a conversation with your doctor. You can discuss things like her hydration level and her nutrition. You may also ask them about using something like Miralax as a stool softener. It's much more gentle than a laxative suppository and can be used long term with no side effects like gas or dependency. My son has been on a small daily dose for a long time per recommendation from gastroenterologist. What happens is the stool actually hardens in the colon and creates a big unmovable mass that needs help breaking up. Your baby may be pooping but it's just going around the mass. (Encopresis) Fiber scours the walls of the colon but doesnt do much at all to break up an impacted fecal mass.



Hope that helps to give you a direction to research!

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