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 02/17/2009

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The brown Karo works wonders. About a tablespoon for every 16 ounces of milk should help.

Nikki - posted on 02/17/2009

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Water, water, and more water. You can also put a little DARK Karo syrup in her sippy cup and warm the milk up. You should see results within 24 hrs.

Stacyjo - posted on 02/17/2009

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my kids had the same problem, my oldest daughter had a lot of teeth and loved popcorn, and pickles . discovered by accident that it helped her.  She was misserable! also check with your dr. if your baby's weight is fine, you may try a reduced fat milk.  Too much dairy with high fat content can do that.  I would limit other dairy products and introduce more natural fiber.  Until then try baby fleet enimas i wouldn't suggest them for regular treatment, but for emergency relief they work.  But have towels handy!!!!

Paige - posted on 02/17/2009

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my pediatrician said to give mine straight with no water added about 2-4 oz of white grape juice everyday.

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had to gradually work my second one on to cow's milk.  I used half cow's milk, half formula for about 6 weeks.  I also made sure she got plenty of fruits and veggies.  Lots of applesauce and peaches especially.  Good luck.

Sue - posted on 02/17/2009

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my son had the same prob when he was little and all we had 2 do was give him hafe a jar of pear juice mixed with water and it fixed it right up just dont go over board on it cuz it will give them the poops

Goldie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Fruits and Veggies in the diet are a good way to keep things flowing. Also limit the other dairy products since they are all binding and can cause constipation. I am sure a lot of other moms have said the same thing. Good luck.

Christine - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi ...My daughter is 2 and she was getting constipated also. It would come and go. My doctor told me give her Miralax.  He said to give her 3/4 of it in juice or water everyday then to give it to every other day. The Miralax seems to be working for now.

Crismara - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son was having similar issues so I added the gerber puree prune in his milk (i used a baby spoon size) with his breakfast bottle and before the end of the day he has a good poopy diaper. Good luck that sounds painful.

Crismara - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son was having similar issues so I added the gerber puree prune in his milk (i used a baby spoon size) with his breakfast bottle and before the end of the day he has a good poopy diaper. Good luck that sounds painful.

Wendy - posted on 02/17/2009

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my 3 year old had same problem from about the age of 18months went to docs just gave me lactose went to docs again who gave me some movicol works a treat .Only for age 2 and up but they must have something similar for under 2s so try docs

Christy - posted on 02/17/2009

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you could try soy milk, my son drinks silk very vannila, he isnt milk intollerent but he had some funny reactions but since silk its allgood.

MaryBeth - posted on 02/17/2009

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My son had the same problem. Couldn't go for 3 days. I started to give him a cup of apple juice every day - first thing in the morning. And then he got milk (or water) the rest of the day. That did it for him. He is 6 yrs old and this trick still works for him. I also heard raisins help you go. If she likes raisins, get her to munch on a little box each day...

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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I've had no problems with my daughter so far on cow's milk. She's also 14 months. We transitioned her gradually by mixing the whole milk and formula. We started with 2 oz milk, 6 oz formula, then moved to 1/2 and 1/2 then 6 milk and 2 oz. formula and eventually all milk. She's been fine the whole time. If you daughter was on formula, you might want to give that a try. She might also be lactose intolerant. If so, you can try Enfamil Next Step or talk to your doctor about other milk alternatives...

Janet - posted on 02/17/2009

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A little bit of dark Karo syrup in a bottle or cup of warm milk a day for 2 weeks straight then change it to once a week. We had this same problem with our daughter. We did this, what her doctor told us to do and it worked wonders.

Paulette - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hey Nicole, I see that a lot of response have come your way. There are a lot of repeats but I think what would help all of the ladies to give you the advise you need is an update from you. Could you please update us and let us know what has worked or not worked in helping your little girl to go? If you have taken her off dairy or put her lactose free milk, if you used kayro syrup or miralax, used pears or prunes, used more fiber in her diet, used soy or rice milk, etc.?? Thanks.

Laura - posted on 02/17/2009

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Does she eat a lot of bananas, or bananas at all? They tend to make bowels tougher. I have three kids and my two girls have trouble with this from dairy and from bananas. We limit dairy to only one meal a day (calcium can be had from other sources like broccoli, or milk alternatives) and we give them prune apple juice to help soften their stooles. Lots of fresh acidic fruits will do as well if they do not like the mixture of prune apple juice. I buy the juices and mix them separately to adjust for what works for them individually (one needs 50/50 and the other 25/75). Best wishes for better comfort.

Marissa - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter has the same problem. When I first started giving her milk I was giving her whole milk. That broke her out around her mouth and she was ALWAYS constipated. I switched to 2% and she does much better...no rash. She still gets constipated though so I try not to give her as much milk. I give it to her in the morning and in her bottle at night. Throughout the day she drinks juice and water. Luckily she likes cheese and yogurt so (hopefully) she's getting enough calcium from those.

Marissa - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter has the same problem. When I first started giving her milk I was giving her whole milk. That broke her out around her mouth and she was ALWAYS constipated. I switched to 2% and she does much better...no rash. She still gets constipated though so I try not to give her as much milk. I give it to her in the morning and in her bottle at night. Throughout the day she drinks juice and water. Luckily she likes cheese and yogurt so (hopefully) she's getting enough calcium from those.

Christine - posted on 02/17/2009

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My 4th child has problems like this- been to a couple doctors and no "problems" just an unlucky pooper!



Do you want to try natural? Go 100% grape juice, grapes as snacks, prunes, raisins all help soften poop. Stay away from juices with high fructose corn syrup. NO apple juice or apples- they only firm kiddos poop up!

Not so Natural ?

Medications- there are child laxatives for the times you need more help Pedialax chewables-but I don't remember the youngest age they can have. Start with the lowest dose and see what developes. ;) ok- small pun intended. ;) Good luck!

User - posted on 02/17/2009

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yeah my daughter is 14 months too and she has a hard time and i give her karo syrup the dark kind, about a teaspoon twice everyday till she goes. YOU can get it at grocery stores. You can also give her half water in her bottle with her milk too. The fruit is good too.

User - posted on 02/17/2009

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yeah my daughter is 14 months too and she has a hard time and i give her karo syrup the dark kind, about a teaspoon twice everyday till she goes. YOU can get it at grocery stores. You can also give her half water in her bottle with her milk too. The fruit is good too.

Brenda - posted on 02/17/2009

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My last one had a hard time with cow's milk ...I started her on soymilk and it seemed to work...I kept her on it for a whole year and then transitioned her slowly again onto cow's milk.  It is a bit more expensive but better for them as well.  It's worth a try. Good Luck

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2009

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If you were breast feeding she may be lactose intallerant you may want to try goats milk or you could add more apple juice to her diet any fruit should help.

Kathy - posted on 02/17/2009

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If you were breast feeding she may be lactose intallerant you may want to try goats milk or you could add more apple juice to her diet any fruit should help.

Linsey - posted on 02/17/2009

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hi my daughter has always having problems with constipation she takes maybe 4-5 days to go have taken her to doctors and they gave me lactulose syrup or u can put brown sugar in the warm milk say when she goes to be or during day nap and it acts quite fast

Lori - posted on 02/17/2009

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Lots of good advice; and I am in the same vein.  We have added dark Karo syrup to milk before to help with constipation.  You just need a tsp in an 8 oz drink.  It usually took more than one dosage to get things going.  Also, she might be lactose intolerant.  We also were told to use the Miralax; which did help; but she was on that for so long.  She, since my youngest is REALLY allergic to milk, I began to think my oldest was intolerant, so I switched her to soy too, and she was MUCH better.

Tallulah - posted on 02/17/2009

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I put my daughter on Cow's milk at a year old and found she got very mucousy.  Her cousins had similar problems to your daughter.  We all changed to goats milk and limited things like cheese and yogurt and found they all had vast improvements in their general well-being.  You can get very nice goats milk yoghurts, or simpley buy a plain one and put fresh fruit in it.

Kirsten - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi Nicole, The same thing happened to my daughter at the same age. I've tried everything everyone has said to even miralax which gave her the runs. Our answer was to completely take all dairy away. She has been drinking plain soy milk since she was 15months and she loves her soy icecream. There are alot of soy products on the market that you can use, and since she was so younge she has never faught me about the taste. She is now a very healthy 8 year ols . We still give her no dairy the problem isn't lactose intolerance she is actually missing something that helps her to digest dairy.Good luck to you

Lisa - posted on 02/17/2009

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wow!!!   what does her dr. say?  thats crazy that he would let her be so uncomfy!!!  Think I would switch doctors.

Alison - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hiya their is no problem putting your baby on cows milk i did the same when my daughter was 6months old and she found it hard to go as well but i used orange juice with boiled water and that did the trick.

Sarah - posted on 02/17/2009

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My child is the same and the docter suggested Lacilose I put one 5ml spoon in her juice in the morning and once 5ml spoon in the evening and it has helped to soften her stools.  Good  luck

Nikki - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi. You can try putting a little bit of jello mix into her water. That helped my son when he was small. You can also put desitin on a Q-tip and rotate it around just barely into rectum. You can also try senokot for infants or children. Hope it helps!

Janet - posted on 02/17/2009

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We have the same issues with both our kids. We tried more fruit, fiber, fig newtons...but when your child is screaming in pain it tears your heart out! Our pediatrician also highly suggested Miralax, they each get 1/2 a capful in a cup of water or juice and in 2 days it worked!! and has been workng ever since. I hope this helps you and your child finds comfort very soon!

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2009

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all 3 of my children had the same problem.  We ended up having to take them to the Doctor and they placed them on a non habit forming laxative.  After several weeks we started lessening the amount we gave them daily and after a week or so they were not having to take it at all any more.

Shelly - posted on 02/17/2009

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I found that if I give at least one 4 oz bottle of formula a day it helps. Sometimes I will just add 2 oz to a bottle of milk a couple times a day. It is much easier on the digestive system. It has worked like a charm for us.

Deri-Lee - posted on 02/17/2009

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Well my Paediatrician said I must only start my 1 year old on cows milk once she's 18 months and only drinking 1/2 bottles of milk a day, and that I must put her on Nido, which I started her on last week. Apparently there isn't enough nutrients in cow's milk as with Nido

Deri-Lee - posted on 02/17/2009

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Well my Paediatrician said I must only start my 1 year old on cows milk once she's 18 months and only drinking 1/2 bottles of milk a day, and that I must put her on Nido, which I started her on last week. Apparently there isn't enough nutrients in cow's milk as with Nido

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My children couldn't have cows milk for two reasons, the first is they were allergic to it and secondly, one of them would get constipated and the other would get the runs, so it just didn't agree with them...They had to have soy milk, but some say that it had the same effect on their children, just depends on the child really, just give them plenty of fresh fruit, mashed apple etc ,,

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My children couldn't have cows milk for two reasons, the first is they were allergic to it and secondly, one of them would get constipated and the other would get the runs, so it just didn't agree with them...They had to have soy milk, but some say that it had the same effect on their children, just depends on the child really, just give them plenty of fresh fruit, mashed apple etc ,,

Gemma - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

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?




MAKE SURE YOU GIVE HER A LOT OF WATER TO DRINK DURING THE DAY IN BETWEEN MEAL AND FRUITS LIKE MANGOES ,PEACH ,THAT WILL HELP HER GO

Billie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

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?



Have you tried putting dark Karyo syrup in it?  That is what I did when I put my kids on whole milk.

Racquel - posted on 02/16/2009

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My boys both had the same problem.  I would recommend using a lactose free milk.  It may just be an intolerance to lactose..

Linda - posted on 02/16/2009

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Hi I had a similar problem with my now 3 year old. We gave him lactaid milk (lactose free) until he was about 2 1/2 and he is now on regular milk and fine. He just wasn't ready to digest the regular cows milk at a year.

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