My little girl is 10 months old and having a really hard time pooping. She has been on formula for a good 4-5 months now and eating a lot more actual food. I try to give her water and watered down juices to help make it easier for her. I've also tried Colace stool softener, but didn't do anything for her. I've noticed that her poop is very hard therefore making it really difficult and painful for her to go. Any suggestions?

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Michele - posted on 05/01/2009

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I hope it helps, I tried apple Juice w/ water or maybe straight apple juice, any kind of juice and try less food even applesauce or more liquid foods till she poops. hope it works there should be a laxitive for infants also.

User - posted on 05/06/2009

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I've been having the same prob with my wee lass. I'm definitely going to try out the prunes.

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I've had 3 kids & yes, prunes (baby food) had the best result with constipation. I didn't have to give up too much on the iron in their formula with prunes. Baby cereal, bananas & rice can cause them to get constipated. I would usually add the prunes right into the baby cereal. They loved it! Good luck! I know how painful it is to watch those little ones suffer.

Rachel - posted on 05/01/2009

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My son was having the same problem. When they start solids, sometimes their digestive trecht isn't up to snuff, epically with things like rice and bananas. The advice I got was to put around an ounce of juice (apple, pear or prune) in with the formula, or give your child a couple of spoonfuls of prunes once or twice a day. Worked great!!! However, watch how much you give, because you can end up with a problem at the opposite end of the spectrum.

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Jodi - posted on 05/07/2009

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My little girl has been constipated since birth. We have tried it all. The best bet would be to ask your pediatrician there advice so you can go through the steps, because my daughter has such a bad time she is now on a daily dose of Miralax. But it took alot of experimenting with other stuff before we got here.. They don't like to use the Colace and other meds to much because your childs body gets used to them and becomes reliant on them. If you use the prune juice, I will say warm prune juice in milk does work the best. For some reason having it all warmed up works better than if the two were cold. Same goes for the pear nectar.

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2009

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My little girl has been constipated since birth. We have tried it all. The best bet would be to ask your pediatrician there advice so you can go through the steps, because my daughter has such a bad time she is now on a daily dose of Miralax. But it took alot of experimenting with other stuff before we got here.. They don't like to use the Colace and other meds to much because your childs body gets used to them and becomes reliant on them. If you use the prune juice, I will say warm prune juice in milk does work the best. For some reason having it all warmed up works better than if the two were cold. Same goes for the pear nectar.

Kari - posted on 05/06/2009

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try warm baths when you see she is trying to go but can't, it is alot harder once they start on solids try prune juice or baby prunes if not they do have baby suppositories but ask your doctor first just to make sure

Thea - posted on 05/06/2009

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Try a little Karo syrup in the water or Like the other comments prune juice or fresh apple juice

Thea - posted on 05/06/2009

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Try a little Karo syrup in the water or Like the other comments prune juice or fresh apple juice

Jennifer - posted on 05/06/2009

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You can try a little karo syrup in some water, or even some watered down prune juice.

Alissa - posted on 05/06/2009

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I had the same problem with my youngest, and his pediatrician prescribed Miralax for him- which worked miracles. I believe it is over the counter now, but check with your pediatrician first. Prune juice can also help!

Cassie - posted on 05/06/2009

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try a four ounce bottle... 2 ounces of Karo dark corn syrup and 2 ounces of water... my daughter was having the same problem.. my grandmother did that with her and man did it work...

also.. if she gets really gassy and can't pass it.. try 2 ounces of regular pepsi and 2 ounces of water.. and man she will either toot it out or burp alot..

Di - posted on 05/06/2009

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i found that feeding my little girl a jar of pureed pears or apples everyday helped heaps

Jennifer - posted on 05/06/2009

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I would suggest the book "Super baby food" my daughter has been regular ever since I started feeding her based on this book. Hope that helps.

Christin - posted on 05/06/2009

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Pureed prunes! Not even my stubborn "I will not poop" child had to go potty when the prunes came out.

Blueberrys are perfect for the opposite effect.

Jess - posted on 05/06/2009

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KARO SYRUP!!! about a tps in her bottle. She will feel much better. My son is 4 months and we have been using it since he was about two weeks old. They love the way it tastes too!

Ginny - posted on 05/06/2009

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stay away from constipating foods like bananas, Rice cereal, cheese ,any bread foods like noodles. My daughter had problems with constipation when she was a little younger and i gave her 4 oz. of prune juice everyday, 2oz in morning, 2 oz in evening and it seemed to help

Michelle - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Jeanette:

when mine were little and they had trouble pooing i used to put fresh orange juice in water or the other one is a little sugar in water


sugar and water is very good! instant! also its not nice to do but put vasline up their bum! just inside.

Kara - posted on 05/06/2009

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My daughter has had issues with pooping since she was born. Once she was old enough the doctor put her on a fiber fille diet, consisting of oatmeal, applesauce, prunes things like that along with suppositories. She is now 2 1/2 and still has issues every few months. It is horrible to watch them go through it. Good luck.

Katheryn - posted on 05/06/2009

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Yeah, Colace didn't work for mine either. Cut out bananas and carrots from the diet. I didn't realize the carrots were constipating and either banana or carrot is in most baby foods. Give lots of water and apple sauce + prune juice. Set him in a tub of warm water. Rub his tummy and back. And wait for it. It may take a few days. Just keep this routine up. If he hasn't pooped in 5 to 7 days, call your ped.

Angela - posted on 05/06/2009

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My daughter is only 2 and a half weeks old. She was having some hard poops for a couple days too. The doctor suggested 1 teaspoon of dark karo syrup to 1 ounce of water once a day. It seemed to help. I also switched her formula from the milk-based with iron to the gentle variety. I use Parent's Choice Gentle (it is the same as Enfamil Gentlease, but a fraction of the cost!) I also pump breastmilk which has helped solve the problem. Prunes are good too! Good luck!

Angie

Karen - posted on 05/06/2009

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Hiya, applesauce wil actually cause a hard stool, apparently it's the skin of the apple which has the fibre and that helps with goin 2 d toilet ! Lay off bananas r try mixing with mango or pear, which counteracts the potassium which can cause constipation. Also, a prune r 2 a day wil help loosen d stool but won't cause the runs !!

Maggie - posted on 05/06/2009

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We have the same issue with our 4.5 month old. Our Pediatrician said to give him two ounces of Prune juice in one of his bottle daily. Don't add it on top of the formula, replace two ounces of formula with the juice. It really works well...took about two days to get him regulated, but now he poops once daily and it isn't hard at all anymore. Good luck!

Shana - posted on 05/06/2009

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have her eat alot of fruit!!!! and drink some prune juice or eat them they seem to help my wee ones. don't let it go to long cause then you have to go to the doc. and they have to help her. not fun

Danita - posted on 05/06/2009

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I always gave my daughters some juice(diluted) but if that didn't do the trick, a sure winner was water with a tsp. of Karo syrup. It worked everytime:) Good luck!

Danita - posted on 05/06/2009

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I always gave my daughters some juice(diluted) but if that didn't do the trick, a sure winner was water with a tsp. of Karo syrup. It worked everytime:) Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 05/06/2009

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my son gets like that sometimes...i mix apples with his cereal and sometimes give him water or gerber juice after his meals. he's not so bad with it anymore but there are baby food prunes and when i'd give him them he'd poop a lot better the day after

Jodi - posted on 05/06/2009

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Whenever my daughter has difficulty having a bowel movement, I would give her sugar water..sometimes she would go half way through a bottle. It's not very often she needs it now, now that she is use to her baby food and formula. every now and then i will give it to her to "clean her out"..It worked really well got me, hopefully it will work for you!

it is 1tbs of brown sugar per 4 oz of water. :)

Kimberly - posted on 05/06/2009

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My son is 3 months old and from about 7-8wks he had trouble pooping, so the pediatrician recommended that I give him 2oz of baby pear juice a day to keep him regular...it's doing the trick! Since your little girl is 10 months and eating foods, you can probably give her a little more than 2ozs! Hope that helps.

Jillian - posted on 05/06/2009

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try giving her Cherry juice . that helped my daughter when she was going through the same thing .

Karen - posted on 05/06/2009

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Try putting dark karo in her bottle. If that doesn't work, ask your pediatrician about glycolax. It's similar to benefiber but gentler on babies tummies. I also had to put my first on a soy formula instead of a cow's milk formula. That all seemed to help mine. Good luck...I know this is rough!

Marijo - posted on 05/06/2009

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I went through this with my son. Deal with it now! He is 12 and still has serious issues. We used Miralax, which can be very messy and smelly, but if you can handle it now, its better than when you have to keep them home from school because of odor and leakage. Trust me...

Renea - posted on 05/06/2009

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My pediatrician told me to give my son a little dark Kayro syrup. I put it in his formula before I heated it. It melts and mixes in. It worked!! He was less than a year old too. He also said be careful giving them juice because of the sugar. It could lead to diabetes.

Cheryl - posted on 05/06/2009

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What ever you do, do it quickly. The longer you leave a baby that relates pain with pooping the more and longer the problem will continue. When an infant relates pain to pooping they will try to stop pooping and this will cause the brain to think this is normal. I have twins and this is what happened to mine. It took too long for the Drs. to diaognos my childern with chronic constapation. They had to be on medication for almost 2 yrs until their body and brain realized that it is normal to poop with out pain.

Amy - posted on 05/06/2009

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Pureed pears and 1/4 teaspoon of brown sugar in bottles (once a day until things start to move) - worked a charm!!

Kylie - posted on 05/06/2009

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Whenever my kids get a little bound up I give them Coloxyl Drops. Works a treat for me!

Nicole - posted on 05/06/2009

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I had the same problem and tried eveyones suggestions. Finally after a couple of months the Dr. told me to use Miralax in his bottle once a day. She stated to start off with 1/2 tsp and increase as needed but not more than 3 tsp. My son is 10 months and still uses 1 tsp every morning in his bottle and works great.

Jennifer Opp - posted on 05/05/2009

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PRUNES! Prune juice or prunes baby food. Use a suppository to help soften it, then you may have to HELP her get it out, it sounds gross but you have to help get the hard stuff out, once all of the hard stuff comes out the prunes will help soften the stool. I have 3 kids and this has happened to all 3 of them, it is definitely not fun!

Lina - posted on 05/05/2009

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when my daughter was a baby I took her to the doctor for that and the doctor actually told me to change her milk and that if i noticed that she was pushing and it wouldnt come out then to use a thermometer with a little bit of vaseline the same way you use it to take her temperature or to use your pinky if its not to fat.. I know that it sounds odd cause i was like no way but seeing that she was in pain i did it and it worked.

Lina - posted on 05/05/2009

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when my daughter was a baby I took her to the doctor for that and the doctor actually told me to change her milk and that if i noticed that she was pushing and it wouldnt come out then to use a thermometer with a little bit of vaseline the same way you use it to take her temperature or to use your pinky if its not to fat.. I know that it sounds odd cause i was like no way but seeing that she was in pain i did it and it worked.

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My daughter ended up being hospitalized for constipation at 1 1/2. She couldnt even swallow saliva w.out vomiting it was so bad.She ended up becoming lethargic and dehydrated all from being constipated! She also had Very hard stool..After the awful hospital stay of IVs and enemas, I contacted my Chiropractor. He saved her. The area by her tail bone was swollen and sore to her. He would adjust her in just that area alone..she is now 7 and STILL sees him like once every 3 months to keep her aligned. I swear by this. Also he suggested adding omega3 to her diet to help w. digestion and hard stool issues. Hope this helps. He did wonders for my child and all those chemicals in stool softeners etc is just not good for an infant.If your medical insurance will cover chiropractic care (It may with a referral from your ped.) I swear by it with all my heart. I wish you the best of luck.

Debbie - posted on 05/05/2009

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One word: Miralax! My daughter would never eat prunes and her favorite foods are cheese and applesauce. Veggies were not consistant enough to keep the daily BMs consistantly loose.

Becki - posted on 05/05/2009

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My daughter had the same problem... I had to change her formula to soy and about 3-4 times a week I had to mix 2 oz of prune juice with 3 oz of water and it really helped!

Marie - posted on 05/05/2009

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I've used banana's, (baby food or fresh) and apple juice with all 3 of my kids and they've always worked.

Jessica - posted on 05/05/2009

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Make sure she's getting foods that are natural laxative like apple sauce, blueberries....I had the same problem with my son and he's 3 now and still has a problem going if he doesn't have enough fruit in his diet....

Tisha - posted on 05/05/2009

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Hi Aaron when my son had trouble going, I gave him pruns they make it for babys now. Don't forget the water give her lots of water. O the pruns they get use to the tast so they also make pruns like grapes chop the up and use it as a finger food. I hope I helped, good luck..

Stephanie - posted on 05/05/2009

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It's msot likely her getting used to solid foods that is doing it. Mine had this problem when we started baby food. We actually had to give her a baby laxitive, it was not fun. Our pediatrician told me to put just a baby spoonful of Benefiber into her baby food. I did that almost everytime she ate any baby food until she was eating "real food". We never had a problem again.

Kim - posted on 05/05/2009

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My daughter is 3 now she has had problems with her bowels every since she was 2wks old.I took her to the dr. because i was getting worst.The Dr. put her on a powder laxative called Polyethylene Glycol and it does great because nothing else would work ask her pediatrian about it.

Kerry - posted on 05/05/2009

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Quoting Kerry:caraway seeds can also help with tummy pain and wind release

with the pooping thing,i used coloxyl drops in every third bottle then weaned off the coloxyl to regular formula also prune juice is good,my kids prefered prune and apple.. if this doesn't work take her to the doctor, she is constipated from the formula..same thing happens when you change to cows milk..you might need to use suppositories


 

Kerry - posted on 05/05/2009

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with the pooping thing,i used coloxyl drops in every third bottle then weaned off the coloxyl to regular formula also prune juice is good,my kids prefered prune and apple.. if this doesn't work take her to the doctor, she is constipated from the formula..same thing happens when you change to cows milk..you might need to use suppositories

Kelly - posted on 05/05/2009

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The same thing happened with my daughter. I found that I had to lay off of the bananas for a few days (which was hard because she LOVED eating them) and I would mix 2/3 apple juice and 1/3 water. This always worked!

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