7month old having major problems pooping (its completely solid!!) PLEASE HELP!!!

Keera - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 1/2 months (1st child). He is having A LOT of trouble pooping. It's extremely solid! He started turning blue & purple trying to push it out. He screams, cries, and gets short on breath. It really scares me!
The dr has said to use karo syrup and suppositories if he needs them. Neither are helping. He eats cereal & all types of baby food (& formula). I have tried only giving him food that I know will help him poop for one or 2 meals and the rest are more filling meals w/ like applesauce or something. The results usually end up being it doesn't help or he gets almost diarrhea. There is no "happy" middle. Please can anyone help?!?

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Chantelle - posted on 11/24/2010

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iron in forula does make babies constipated plus its usually found in babies cereals, try apple n pears boiled up n mushed together twice a day n lots of water, dates or prune juice. Raffertys garden - spinach, apple, pea n broccoli made my baby poo within 1 day, feed him that every mornin for 4 days n see if he poos, my bub used to go 1 every 10 days n they suggested suppositries. it hurt him alot! good luck

Liz - posted on 11/23/2010

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I have twin 9 month old boys who have had constipation issues since birth. Their doctor first had us switch them to a lactose free formula. They are on Similac Sensitive, but Enfamil also has one called Gentlease. That helped for about a week. (Don't switch to soy, it is known to make constipation worse). She then had us start giving them plain water or water with a little prune, apple or pear juice a couple of times a day. Again helped briefly. Next step was to add Karo(dark) into their formula. Did this in EVERY bottle and still didn't help. Ultimately she had us start giving them Miralax (1/2 tsp) in their bottles once a day. Finally this worked. They still only go once every 3 to 4 days, and the stool is still formed, but at least they are not screaming in pain trying to push them out. When it was time to start cereal she said to skip the rice and go right to oatmeal or barley. For fruits, stay away from apples and bananas. My boys LOVE prunes. Also good is anything with "P", Pears, pineapple, peaches, aPricots. Good luck!

Lyndsie - posted on 11/22/2010

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I second avoiding apple sauce, bananas, rice cereal, etc. Please avoid unnecessary amounts of juice...juice has as much sugar as some colas. As for your doctor mentioning Karo...is your doctor in his 80's? Try doing some fiber heavy cereal, not starchy like rice, you can buy oatmeal cereal for babies as well and mix stage 1 prunes and water to prep. If your little guy just isn't responding, his digestive tract may not be ready for solids. Solids are not supposed to be introduced until closer to 9-12 months, because of these issues and potential allergies. Good luck and I hope the little man responds well!

Lynsey - posted on 11/23/2010

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Lansoyl worked for my daughter!! She is One now and we give it to her every couple of weeks or when she really needs it- One tablespoon of it and within a couple of hours they poop!! It comes in a jar or tube so you can mix it with any food or give it to them straight!! Over the counter all natural stuff... its like jelly!!

From my expierence with my daughter pooping is the most important thing you child needs to be doing.. we thought it was only constipation at first but at 5 weeks old my daughter had surgery to fix it- all it takes is one ultraound to see why they are constipated- sometimes is it not the food they eat but just how they digest it! And it may be as simple as adding a vitamin to their milk!!

Sandy - posted on 11/23/2010

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Keera, if that is him in the pic, he is too cute. I want to pinch his cheeks. LOL.
You might want to try prune juice, or other juices like apple juice. That may help him, where the milk/formula is not helping, the juices could. Yes, they make you poop, but it could be that they act as a stool softener for him also.
I would also look in the pharmacy or even ask a pharmacist if there are any over the counter stool softeners for babies or that is safe for babies that is a liquid that have no laxatives in them.
Short of juices, I don't know what to tell ya, if the supositories and all are not working.
Bless his heart. Keeping you all in my prayers. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Stifler's - posted on 11/24/2010

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you can also make him drink more water. water is the best and most natural thing for constipation.

Amanda - posted on 11/24/2010

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mineral oil, its natural, start with a 1/2 tsp till hes had te runs for 3 days and adjust it to what youd like too see. i use it too retrain my daughters bowels,took 3 years but didnt have to worry about side effects

Julie - posted on 11/23/2010

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if you give your baby dark karo syurp too much it can hurt ur baby. if qwas me i would go get other dr. saying on this. There has to be something else.

Keera - posted on 11/23/2010

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Thanks everyone! We couldn't fine any prune juice at the local store so we just got apple juice & he chugged about 6oz of it today. I put a little karo syrup in his formula too. As for food today...he eats a lot so he has had a jar of fruit (apples & kiwi), little bit of barley cereal mixed w/ pears, & peas.

Anna - posted on 11/23/2010

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my daughter is like that, she is now 2 and continues to have the same problems, we've learned by trial and error what foods to stay away from, bannanas are one, I took her to a GI specialist becuase nothing seemed to work, all the syrups, laxatives, etc just caused her stool to be watery and come out around the solid poop which was painful for her and she began to hold it in which caused fevers and discomfort, she was given lactulose which helps her so much, she cried each time she tried to use the bathroom

Kimberly - posted on 11/23/2010

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My littlest one just turned a year old. He also has this problem at times. What works well with him is giving him apple juice or prune juice daily. Also, if he is eating bananas they really cause constipation in alot of babies. :)

Beena - posted on 11/23/2010

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You could try adding maybe an ounce of prune juice in his formula it normally helps. Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 11/23/2010

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I always give my little guy pear juice (diluted) whenever he is having issues. It usually starts clearing him up within a day, 2 at most.

Stifler's - posted on 11/22/2010

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having rolled oats for breakfast might help instead of rice cereal. i wouldn't be constantly giving her laxatives that can make the problem worse.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/22/2010

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I agree, get a second opinion. On that note, apples (and apple sauce) bananas, crackers of any sort are binding. Pears, prune and yogurt work like a charm!

Keera - posted on 11/22/2010

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Thanks everyone! =]

Eugenie: Yeah we've talked about taking him to another doctor. Just got to find one and get all his medicaid stuff switched.

Nicole - posted on 11/22/2010

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my son is almost seven months and for the first month he had a problem pooping it was solid with a little bit of blood on it and i found out it was his formula and i had to chage it and now the formula he is taking has been helping ever since he drinks enfamil the one for fussines and gas itr helps him goes and him drinking water helps alot too.

Eugenie - posted on 11/22/2010

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One more thing Keera, you said that the doctor said next step is medicine, if he does not know what's causing the problem (diagnosis) he should not try to solve it (treatment). I really think you should try another doctor.

Hope it will be solved sooner than later!

Eugenie - posted on 11/22/2010

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Hi Keera, if suppositories and a little prune juice - coupled with what Laura says - does not help, you should probably try to see another doctor. All these are things that should definitely work, unless there is an underlying issue.

All the best!

Keera - posted on 11/22/2010

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I've talked to the dr and he wont check anything out he just said next step is meds which I don't want to do --unless-- its a must.

Laura - posted on 11/22/2010

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You are on the right track with consulting your doctor about your baby's constipation; keep your doc in the loop with anything else you try!

From what you describe, it sounds like some of the foods you are giving your baby COULD be the problem. Bananas, applesauce, rice cereals and dairy products (which includes cow's milk based formulas) can actually cause constipation. Try eliminating some of these foods for a while by switching to alternatives such as peaches, peas, oatmeal/millet cereals and soy based formula. You can also add a bit of prune juice (about an 1 oz.) to the baby formula. Limiting the types of food that he is eating will make it easier for you to figure out just what might be causing the constipation.

One other trick that I used with my daughter when she was "oogy"--tummy massages! This is also great for gassy tummies, too. Gently knead the tummy in little circles, working your way around counter-clockwise. Then do it in reverse. Alternate this with then gently "bicycling" the legs for a few seconds. Finish with what my daughter called "push-pull": Gently tuck the legs to the tummy-- like a little frog--then gently pull them straight. All of these stretches can help loosen fecal matter and excercise the bowels. My daughter is 12 now and STILL uses "push-pull" when her stomach feels upset or gassy! It works! As always, keep your doctor informed of what you are trying and of what works and what doesn't. Hope this helps and good luck!

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You could try giving him a little bit of fresh orange juice. That helps when my son's constipated =]

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