i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?

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Sandra - posted on 02/06/2009

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There might be a lacose intolerance. Milk isn't necessarily needed for good bone and growth development. As long as a child is getting good calcium sources from other places, they don't need milk.  Try taking your child off dairy and switching to fruits, fresh vegetables, and lots of liquids in the form of water, fruit juice (apple is better than citrus) and see what happens in a couple days. If things clear up, try introducing a small amount of milk or dairy and see if that affects the digesetive system. That will tell you if there's a problem.



I was always of the mind that cow's milk was meant for baby cows and they have different needs than baby humans. None of my children had lots of whole milk growing up and they are healthy, had less ear infections than most and are lean adults with few health issues.

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Give her more fruit...it acts as a natural laxative for young toddlers.  If she starts getting loose stools...ease up a bit....it should help within 2 days or so

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2009

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Nicole....This is some information that I learned while providing daycare for 12 years.



I had a few of my charges have the same hard time with constant and HORRIFIC constipation due to the cows milk. There are a couple of little tricks that I used over the years...both of which came from the pediatrician. First, add a tablespoon or so of prune juice to the milk. It is sweet and will hardly alter the taste of the milk at all. Adjust the amount as your child gets used to the "new" flavor. Add a little more if she is particularly constipated, or less if her movements are loose. The other alternative is to add dark corn syrup to the milk. Again, just about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon to start with....and it is sweet so it won't alter the flavor too much.



I prefer the prune juice as it is a natural laxative...hope it works for you. good luck



 

Scarlet - posted on 02/24/2009

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Check out strongbones.org for info on dairy and constipation. I feel for you and would love to offer help. I am a certified health and nutrition coach as well as a personal trainer and mom. :) I have lots of ideas on whole food nutrition and how it can help improve your daughter's constipation. So many to go into...not enough space. Send me a message if you'd like to "pick my brain" advice is free. :)

Kirstin - posted on 02/24/2009

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Just take her off cows milk, most people can't digest it and she may be one of them. She can get plenty of good fat from other sources ... cow's milk is way over rated!!

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User - posted on 02/24/2009

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Miralax, my sister is going through the same thing and the dr put the baby on miralax

User - posted on 02/24/2009

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Yeah, get her off the milk... I would assume that you have her on homo... try her on 2%.... my kids would not drink homo either.... despite that doc say it is better for them... sometimes it is not!... Hope it works for ya!!!!

Becca - posted on 02/24/2009

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Quoting Rebecca:



We had the same problem. The screaming is heart breaking. Try 1% milk. We tried it all. This worked and she only gets milk at nap or sleep times. We tried fruit, juice, all of the stool softners and laxitives and nothing really worked. We even gave her mineral oil orally and rectally, nope no success. Just reducing the content to 1% and offering water and juice during the day, but always having it available.





Mineral oil is extremely toxic to the liver.  It may lubricate things and help some, but at the risk of hepatic damage.  THat is pretty serious especially for a not fully developed liver....break it while you make it if you will.

User - posted on 02/24/2009

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My suggestion would be to stay away from cows milk altogether, way to many hormones, growth steroids and all sort of other stuff that is no good. i would suggest rice milk or almond milk. =),

Becca - posted on 02/24/2009

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I think the answer is in the question.  If you started your daughter on cow milk and 2 months later she is severely constipated, then there is a problem with her ability to digest cow milk.  Her body may not be ready for it.  It is a fallacy that baby's NEED cow milk as there are tons of other  ways to get calcium through a healthy diet.  I would start by removing the milk entirely (including all caseinate containing foods and butter).  If it turns out to be an allergic type of reaction, it will only worsen and put her on the rapid road to ear infections as well as could destroy her intestinal lining.  That is even less fun and more costly than simply removing the offending food from her diet.  Work on building her intestinal flora with probiotics and try the milk again in 3 months.  Also I would avoid added sugar especially kayro syrup.  Corn syrup (and any ultra load of sugar) surely can loosen stools but at the cost of breaking the root cause even further.  I hope her suffering ends very soon.  Good luck!

Aerika - posted on 02/24/2009

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i had the same experience with my little boy and then someone said he might have lactose intolerance. i am still nursing so i stopped eating (or giving him) anything with dairy and over night it was 100% better! i hope that can help.

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I just put my son's back on half toddler formula, half milk and slowly weaned them back onto the strait milk and that helped them

Scarlet - posted on 02/24/2009

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Check out strongbones.org for info on dairy and constipation. I feel for you and would love to offer help. I am a certified health and nutrition coach as well as a personal trainer and mom. :) I have lots of ideas on whole food nutrition and how it can help improve your daughter's constipation. So many to go into...not enough space. Send me a message if you'd like to "pick my brain" advice is free. :)

Janine - posted on 02/24/2009

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Try Soy milk, my daughter could not have cows milk, put her on Soy and she was fine. She was the same, could not poo, it was hard and she screamed. Good luck

Melina - posted on 02/24/2009

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I had the same problem...You can try 2 tbls in about 4-6 ounces of milk or juice. You can also give her Mirolax 1 time a day until she is pooping better. 1/2 of the line in 67 ounces. Hope this helps.

Jenny - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hey there. I am a mum of 4 and I did the same with all my kids at the age on 1. Have you looked into the fact that she may be lactose intolerant? Or she may be producing too much iron in her body? My son Mitch produced too much and was always having problems pooing. One minute constipated, the next runny. I had to put him on toddlers formula until the age of 2. His body leveled itself out by that age. Hope that this helps

Jackie - posted on 02/24/2009

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We Tried everything under the son only to find out he is allergic to milk.. He wouldn't poop for 5-7 days if he had anything with the milk protein in it. But he is doing great on soy milk... They have sooo much soy products he doesn't notice he can't have anything.. I would talk to your doctor..

Samantha Emily - posted on 02/24/2009

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try prune juice my child had severe problems with pooing as a little one, make sure u get the right amount though as i found out the hard way my little girl farted after having too much and it came out like brown water

Julie - posted on 02/24/2009

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Fruits and fruit juice are your best option, do not uses apple sauce or bananas as they are constipating. Fresh apples and apple juice are ok, prunes, pears, rasins. My three year old has difficulty with bowels and these were first tries, unfortunately for us due to her birth defect it was not enough so she now gets a small amt of Miralax also. If the juice and fruits don't work, talk to her doctor for additional suggestions.

Maryam - posted on 02/24/2009

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Try giving her a date (the fruit) a day, it helps me keep my now 18 month son regular. Also crackers with flax and pears really help. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!

Maryam - posted on 02/24/2009

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Try giving her a date (the fruit) a day, it helps me keep my now 18 month son regular. Also crackers with flax and pears really help. Hope that helps! Good luck!!!

Kerri - posted on 02/24/2009

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My 13 mth old had a really big prob with constipation right from when I started giving her solids. I started giving her a little puree pear everyday (and still do) just to keep her regular. Can't suggest it highly enough, definately works a treat. It doesn't make it too loose either, just a little softer. Hope it helps you.

Lonna - posted on 02/24/2009

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OOOHHH!! I recently had the same thing with my toddler...pooped virtually everyday...semi soft but big and screamed through it...turned out to be specific food allergies..if this sounds similar...contact me for more details. Big difference in 24 hours and almost perfect after 3 weeks of treatment.

Kisha - posted on 02/24/2009

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i put my son on cows milk at 1 also. Boy did he scream. There is something called Karo syrup that helps alot. It worked wonders on him

Mandy - posted on 02/24/2009

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hay nichole, i take it u do the fruit veg and plenty of fluids my boy is nearly 5 and has suffered all his life. u may find that cows milk is to strong u could try her on soya or goats milk it is much gentler on the stomack. my boy is now sorted but sometimes i have to give him medication. So dont leave it to long as your doctor can refere her to see a specialist if it continues. good luck.

Mandy - posted on 02/24/2009

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hay nichole, i take it u do the fruit veg and plenty of fluids my boy is nearly 5 and has suffered all his life. u may find that cows milk is to strong u could try her on soya or goats milk it is much gentler on the stomack. my boy is now sorted but sometimes i have to give him medication. So dont leave it to long as your doctor can refere her to see a specialist if it continues. good luck.

Mandy - posted on 02/24/2009

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hay nichole, i take it u do the fruit veg and plenty of fluids my boy is nearly 5 and has suffered all his life. u may find that cows milk is to strong u could try her on soya or goats milk it is much gentler on the stomack. my boy is now sorted but sometimes i have to give him medication. So dont leave it to long as your doctor can refere her to see a specialist if it continues. good luck.

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Quoting Ji'vonne:



Change the milk. Try and give soy milk. She may be lactose intollerant and though more fuits and vegs may help it will not fix the problem. Change the milk and see what happens.





My son had problems with constipation from 5 months. I was advised to put him on Soy Milk as a baby, at about 2 the peadiatrician advised me to change him over to low fat milk. It has been great, no more screaming when he needs to go toilet.

Angela - posted on 02/24/2009

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Oh...we tried Miralax, too and it did nothing but make her leak bm and she still went days w/o going!!!! Try it naturally before you go with drugs!!!!!

Rachel - posted on 02/24/2009

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Wheat bread loosens stools. Prunes, raisens and grapes are all great for that!

Rachel - posted on 02/24/2009

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Wheat bread loosens stools. Prunes, raisens and grapes are all great for that!

Rachel - posted on 02/24/2009

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Wheat bread loosens stools. Prunes, raisens and grapes are all great for that!

Angela - posted on 02/24/2009

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HUGE SUGGESTION! Try goat's milk. It's easier to digest. Milk has a protein in it that is difficult for little ones to digest. Goat's milk still has the vitamin D that they need. If you don't want to stop cow's milk then reduce/cut out all other dairy. My daughter is five and has had issues since she was a baby. She is off of milk and cheese and she is doing 100% better. She used to go anywhere from 7 to 10 days b/t bowel movements and she would scream. Now she goes at least every other day! Wal-Mart and other regular grocery stores now carry goat's milk.

Angela - posted on 02/24/2009

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HUGE SUGGESTION! Try goat's milk. It's easier to digest. Milk has a protein in it that is difficult for little ones to digest. Goat's milk still has the vitamin D that they need. If you don't want to stop cow's milk then reduce/cut out all other dairy. My daughter is five and has had issues since she was a baby. She is off of milk and cheese and she is doing 100% better. She used to go anywhere from 7 to 10 days b/t bowel movements and she would scream. Now she goes at least every other day! Wal-Mart and other regular grocery stores now carry goat's milk.

Sonya - posted on 02/24/2009

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Miralax is what works the best for my son.  Ask your doctor first but he has 1/2 tsp each morning in his juice and we have no other problems.

Sonya - posted on 02/24/2009

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Miralax is what works the best for my son.  Ask your doctor first but he has 1/2 tsp each morning in his juice and we have no other problems.

Tina - posted on 02/24/2009

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How much milk are you giving her? I had this problem w/my eldest daughter and it was because she was getting too much milk and causing bigger stools and her to become constipated. You may try reducing her intake and also adding fruit juice to her diet and more fiber. Graham crackers work well for a treat, but also help w/the fiber aspect. Also, consult w/her pediatrician, he/she can recommend how much milk she needs. I hope this helps.

Tina - posted on 02/24/2009

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How much milk are you giving her? I had this problem w/my eldest daughter and it was because she was getting too much milk and causing bigger stools and her to become constipated. You may try reducing her intake and also adding fruit juice to her diet and more fiber. Graham crackers work well for a treat, but also help w/the fiber aspect. Also, consult w/her pediatrician, he/she can recommend how much milk she needs. I hope this helps.

Tina - posted on 02/24/2009

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How much milk are you giving her? I had this problem w/my eldest daughter and it was because she was getting too much milk and causing bigger stools and her to become constipated. You may try reducing her intake and also adding fruit juice to her diet and more fiber. Graham crackers work well for a treat, but also help w/the fiber aspect. Also, consult w/her pediatrician, he/she can recommend how much milk she needs. I hope this helps.

Tina - posted on 02/24/2009

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How much milk are you giving her? I had this problem w/my eldest daughter and it was because she was getting too much milk and causing bigger stools and her to become constipated. You may try reducing her intake and also adding fruit juice to her diet and more fiber. Graham crackers work well for a treat, but also help w/the fiber aspect. Also, consult w/her pediatrician, he/she can recommend how much milk she needs. I hope this helps.

4mylilbusybee - posted on 02/24/2009

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Have you tried Soy Milk, she will be get the same vitamins as the cows milk. Try vanilla or regular soy milk. My child has not had this problem but I use this milk whenever he has a cold, less mucus

Patti - posted on 02/24/2009

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She may be lactose intolerant. I didn't find out my son was lactose intolerant until i had put him on regular milk. His symptoms: constipation, belly aches, gassy, usually burped pretty easy. Come to find out it runs in our family. Talk to your dr or pediatrician they can usually help out. My son also has issues with american cheese but no problems with yogurt, or white cheese(provolone, parmesan, mozzerella). Good luck!!

Dune - posted on 02/24/2009

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Try goat milk in addition to adding more fruit to her diet. It's more expensive than cow, but better for baby. Also, carefully consider the solid foods that she's taking in. That might hold a key.



At this age it's also okay to start giving your daughter water through out the day, which will get things moving a bit more for her.



 

Kathy - posted on 02/24/2009

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get her off milk.  My daughter had the same problem.. no cow milk products at all for her for a year now and she is doing fantastic! My daughter just turned 2 and she has grown perfectly.

Darlene - posted on 02/24/2009

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ok- I have many suggestions- give her applejuice until she is regular again- it will help her poop easier- if she wants her "milk" only- put her on a high fiber diet...- ALSO she may be allergic to milk and you haven't found out yet- my nephew was allergic to all dairy and they didnt know the only effect was he cried when he pooped--because what was happening was his intestines were getting swollen- and it hurt his belly- so they had to completely change his diet....get her tested for allergies....ONE MORE THING- if she is not allergic to milk get the Gentlease Enfamil formula, its lighter on their bellies- good luck.

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2009

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My baby is only 9 months. But my doctor was talking to me about when to switch him over. And he says it helps to do half formula and half milk and slowly get to all milk. He says it helps with the transition. Good luck!!

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