My 6 month old is seriously straining to get her poops out, they come but are green and gelatnous and are coming in every diaper, any ideas what this might be?

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Aimee - posted on 03/19/2009

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Hey Lauren the baby may be allergic to the formula or anything else you may have started trying to feed. I know any time my son has any trouble with straining we give him nursery water and that seems to do the trick. If that does not work we will try juice. Hope this helps!

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Jana - posted on 03/18/2009

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My daughter ad the same thing and still at 19 months strains when she poops.  Her doc. (when my daughter was 7 months) said she has a "lazy colon" and we needed to give her apple or prune juice.  I mixed it in with her cereal, because she didn't drink out of a bottle (I nursed her)  When that didn't work the doctor said to give her a baby laxative just to get thinkg moving.  She roccomended "Little Tummies Laxative" it worked.  We ended up having to give her the laxative once every 6 weeks or so just to keep things moving. 



But I agree with Rachael, with your daughter being so young, it is worth a call to the doctor.  Good luck I hope you solve the problem soon.

Lauren - posted on 03/18/2009

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thanks, we went to the Dr. and she said my daughter was very healthy and because she was eating, pooping, did not have a fever and was still generally happy there was nothing to be concerned about.  Then today things got a little worse, the nurse at my dr. office thinkis it might be a Stomach virus and I am supposed to moniter her.  thanks for all your suggestions:)

Rachael - posted on 03/18/2009

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Alot of these people may seem to have good advise or ideas on what it might be. but she is way to young for you to ask someone on a website App. You really need to take her to the pediatrician incase there is something wrong!

Cindy - posted on 03/18/2009

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green poop is not a good sign and straining isnt good either u should take ur child to a children doctor who will be able to advise u better .hope things work out .

Mel - posted on 03/18/2009

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are you formula feeding or breast feeding? id be guessing formula if shes constipated. try 50 mills water mixed with 20 mills prune juice and try giving her 30 mills of this per day from her bottle. also is she having any vitamins that have iron in them or have you considered trying a new formula? has she always had constipation problems or has it only jst started? it could be something shes eating if shes on solids already. you can get coloxyl drops from the chemist (in australia anyway) and give plenty of water between bottles. also apple juice works very well if the prune juice doesnt. try massgaing her lower tummy in a circular motion as well or you can use vaseline on a cotton tip if nothing else works. my 11 month old has has this problem also since birth.

Chellye - posted on 03/18/2009

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It could something you are feeding or something different if breast feeding you can write me if you like or check with your Dr. chellye

Penny - posted on 03/18/2009

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Green poop doesn't always mean a food allergy; it can also mean too much iron. Talk to your doctor about getting your child on NUTRAMIGEN formula. The proteins are broken down already and it's usually given to babies with sensitive stomachs. We had to give it to our daughter until she was age 1. DO NOT mix prune juice with formula... it will coagulate!!!! When my daughter couldn't poop, we had to put her on that formula above and the doc also told us when we were done changing her diaper, to move her legs in a bicycle motion for a couple of minutes... we sang a song with the movement to make it fun.

Denise - posted on 03/18/2009

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when my son was 4 months old he started crying heaps and having poos every nap, turned out that they were green and slimy because he was getting tomuch foremilk which has a lot of lactose and not enough hind milk, so it could be a lactose problem

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2009

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What Anna said makes a lot of sense. Are you nursing and taking an iron supplement, or did you just go from nursing to adding more and more formula? Formula has a good amount of iron in it, so that could be the culprit as well. Thank you Anna for thinking of that!

Anna - posted on 03/18/2009

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ok, I went & did a little research on green poo & this is what I found,, doesn't actually mean there is a food allergy,, if it were a food allergy,, you would know right away.



Some people experience a green color to their poop when they add an iron supplement to their diet. This is nothing to worry about unless you become constipated. Iron tends to constipate people as well.

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2009

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we had a similar problem. The doctor told us to mix 1 ounce of pure prune juice with two ounces of formula or breast milk. My gut thinks it is a food allergy, though, and I would call your doctor, just to make sure! Good luck!

Anna - posted on 03/18/2009

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hey, I can remember when my oldest was little, he did the same thing. I did an old country trick & it works. Get some light karo syrup & put a tsp in her bottle & she will go after that. That is the reason they give you the sugar water to bring home, b/c it helps them go & sometimes they get too much iron in their formula that causes the "green" color of the poo & also the constipation. The syrup isn't going to hurt her I promise. Don't do it "EVERY" bottle but just 1 or 2, if that doesn't help her then give her prune juice.

Nicole - posted on 03/18/2009

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My little girl is 5 months and she had a hard time going also are doctor told us to give her some fruit and veg. and no cereal, that is what we did and that was the first time she did not have a problem going

Lauren - posted on 03/18/2009

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Thanks I will try some water and see if it flushes whatever it is out.  I already triend the elimination diet and it did not seem to help:)

Tami - posted on 03/18/2009

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green poo is boo hoo! She may have a food allergy My son had the same issue when he was a couple months old turned out I had to avoid dairy and citrus. watch what your giving her, cut probable culprits out then after two weeks slowly reintroduce them one by one, and make sure she is getting plenty of fluids, maybe even get a lil pedialite. good luck and if it doesnt get any better call the doc

Nichol - posted on 03/18/2009

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I agree witht the other mom... try more water. also try rubbing her tummy as she is pooping (if you catch it) it will help with the straining. If that doesn't subside, please take her to the docs!

Brooklyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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when poop is green its usually a tummy ache.... i would try giving her more water to loosen everything up and flush out whats upsetting her tummy

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