My son is 8 months old and is constipated quite a bit. When it happens he cries-like he's in pain (his solid comes out like a pebble)? IS there anything I can do to help him? Is there anything besides prunes? I've heard pear juice helps?

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Lori - posted on 06/18/2010

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my son had the same thing i was tild by the Dr a tablespoon of Kero syrup in every milk bottle,,, no bananas,, and rice they can cause constipation,,lots of fruits applesause is good,,,,and water...we had to get a softener for my son,prune juice is good if its to strong cut it with some water...

Ann - posted on 06/18/2010

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i had the same problem with my son so for my 8mth daughter we have learn't a few things. Mashed pears and apples are great. No banana's as they constipate them. Prune juice is great or mashed/puree prunes throught some farax. Easy on the yoghurt, best things are pears, apples and prunes all natural and try maybe introducting some cooled boiled water. If you are breast feeding that will help as well.Good luck and if it gets bad go see your GP. Good luck.

Melissa - posted on 06/18/2010

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I pump and give him formula. I've always had a low milk supply since the beginning. Now my milk is drying up even more. I give him breast milk during the day and formula in the evening, so I can store the milk that I pump in the evening for the next day. I will make sure to bring this issue up at his 9 month check-up, hopefully by then it gets better:)

Emilie - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter has always been like that, she is 3 now and she is still constipated all the time. When she was an infant if it had been a few days without a poop then I would feed her prune baby food, or sometimes a mixture of apple babyfood and prunes together she liked it better like that. I guess maybe milk makes her poop hard, but when she was on soy formula it was even worse because it would be hard and she would cry. With regular formula it would be a little hard but at least she didn't cry.

Corrine - posted on 06/18/2010

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While I agree that fruit juices and water can help, I also think he could have a problem with milk. Talk to your doctor and possibly try either a soy based or rice formula or milk (make sure calcium has been added as it is not natural in those). My daughter had a lot of issues with her bowel movements after I stopped breast feeding her (I do not consume much dairy as I am somewhat lactose intolerant). We had her tested and she was allergic to dairy products. When we switched her to soy milk all those problems went away. He may also me lactose intolerent. Just be sure to check with your doctor before changing to much.

Michelle - posted on 06/18/2010

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limited pear juice, apple juice, cooled boiled water can help. Gripe water and infacol are also very helpful. Another option is changing the type of formula he is on as maybe it doesn't agree with him.

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2010

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There are a lot of great ideas here. You do have to be careful with water in one so young. While your little one needs liquid, too much water can be very bad. You might give your pediatrician a quick call. My daughter has had issues since birth. We tried dietary changes, but ended up needing a little extra help. Good luck!

Nikki - posted on 06/17/2010

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creamed corn in a jar, gerber has them it works instantly everytime my son was ever constipated id feed him that and bye bye constipation

Claire - posted on 06/17/2010

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Make sure he's getting enough water. Apple prune juice tends to help move things along, just don't overdo it. Cheese and milk can actually make it worse, so cut back on those until he's regular again.
One thing we did with our daughter when she had really hard BM's was some KY jelly on her bottom. Sounds odd, but it helped get it out.

Danielle - posted on 06/17/2010

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cranberry juice , blueberries, leg exercise like riding a bike in the air while laying on back. gripe water helps as well with the combination of the leg movements.,

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if he is on baby food he needs water. you can add a little Karo (light corn syrup to the water to get him to drink it) Also, if you give him juice, warm it a little. Warm fluids make the bowels move. Make sure he is not consuming more than the recommended amount of formula each day as that can constipate him too. all infant formulas and cereals are fortified with iron. so you could try cutting out cereal if he is eating that.

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Any type of juice will help, prune or apple is best. Give him more water, milk is constipating. Bananas are also constipating. Any fruit will help...

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010

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more water intake and if he's eating solids, give him more fruits (except apples and banannas). pumping the legs, like he's riding a bike while he lies on his back can help too. Also, make sure he's getting enough excercise and up time- lying down too frequentlyt can stop them up. If you're introducing a lot of new foods, constipation is a common problem- their little bellies are just not accustomed to it all yet! :)

Chanea - posted on 06/17/2010

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incorporate fruit and water in hid diet my daughter had that problem til i learned that she had to be put on a schedule for breakfast she has a jar of fruit and a 4oz bottle of milk for lunch she has a 4 oz. milk and a veg and dinner she has 4 oz milk and a jar of baby food like broccoli and meat or something in between i give her water sometimes in the morning for breakfast i'll giver her cereal mix with fruit but then i give her 4 oz,.of water with it and she has no problems the water also helps keep diaper rash under control

Dana - posted on 06/17/2010

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prunes do help. You can also try a spoonful of kero syrup in his bottle. It will also help. I know some people that adding mater during the day has helped.

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