hard poops...?

Sheri - posted on 09/08/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 6 months old. She eats formula, cereal and first baby strained/puree foods. Her poop has become very solid and its very hard for her to poop, she usually cry's because it hurts. My question is, is there anything i can do to help her poop, or is she just needing to adjust to her new diet?

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Kelly - posted on 09/11/2009

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If the poops are also quite dark, it is likely she is getting too much iron. Baby cereals have added iron and some formulas do too. This happened to my daughter because she was a big eater and would eat tons of baby rice cereal. Try to reduce her iron intake whether by switching formulas or just reducing the amount of cereal in her diet and increase her intake of foods like prunes and apples with plenty of water.

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My son had the same issue when I was giving him cereal. I think with the iron in the formula plus the iron fortified cereal caused some problems. We try to give him lots of peas, pears, apples, and extra water. I've found that he's having better poops on the stage 2 food. Some of the dinners have barley, brown rice, and other fiberous ingredients. It's been helping ALOT!

Susan - posted on 09/11/2009

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give her more fruit the apple juice will help but definetely dilute it down for her.. but you can give her some fruit my son loves peaches and also helps with his digestion when his poops get a bit hard...

Maci - posted on 09/10/2009

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I actually switch my daughter to 2% milk and she poops fine now. But when she was on formula she had the same problem, my mom suggested I switched her to it and it worked. Good luck :)

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I had the same issue with my son. Our pediatrician said a few things which took care of the issue. First, back them less away from fruits except for fruits with pits...i.e. peaches, apricot, etc. Also start giving prunes once a day. My son would not take the prunes so I started mixing 1 small container of prunes in with 6 oz of baby formula. It took care of the issue entirely after about about 2 days.

Trich - posted on 09/09/2009

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I had a similiar situation with my baby...my doctor recommended apple juice or pear juice...

Ashley - posted on 09/09/2009

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We use suppositories on our son, but be careful if you use them, because babies can get dependant on them.

I wouldn't try too much juice since that really isn't necessary.

When I started my son on cereal, he was on rice cereal and I mixed in Gerber Stage Ones. Banana will make it harder to poop, so lay off of that if you are using it. We were told to switch to baby oatmeal instead of rice cereal and was told prunes, peaches and pears are the baby foods to mix in to help poop and it has worked WONDERS! My son now poops at least once a day.

If your daughter's poop is like hard pellets, stop using your own remedies and take her into the doctor since constipation can be serious to babies.

Before trying anything though, talk to her pediatrician.

Good luck to you! :)

Amber - posted on 09/08/2009

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Prune juice,or apple juice will soften it up.If she is not able to get the bowel movement out of her,help her get it out.My daughter did the same thing and I had to push on the outside of her rectal area to help it out.Also if it is black you want to go to the doctor.That is not good.

As soon as she starts to push start pushing with your fingers around it to help it get out.

Rachel - posted on 09/08/2009

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Seriously, try a suppository. She'll poop immediately. You can get them at any drug store, and they work magic. They suck to give, and baby hates getting them, but she'll feel TONS better. My 10 week old needed one last week...he was so relieved afterward. Just make sure you have non-latex gloves & vaseline on hand.

Joanne - posted on 09/08/2009

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I heard from my friends that it's probably due to the high iron content in the formula. So you should check out the nutritional information and give her a different brand of formula with lesser iron content if it's high.

Penny - posted on 09/08/2009

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prune juice isnt a recomendation by the doctors due to its agressive nature. it forces the baby to have diaree.

Penny - posted on 09/08/2009

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she has constipation you need to feed her steralised water to help her body break down the stool.

Tina - posted on 09/08/2009

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i gave my kid water mixed with prune juice or the gerber stage one prunes and it helped soften it up

Cynthia - posted on 09/08/2009

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I used Dark Karo syrup mixed in her formula (a couple teaspoons) it really works.

Jennifer - posted on 09/08/2009

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yeah i would try apple juice. you could even water it down. also you could try a few raisens.

Angela - posted on 09/08/2009

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a bit of prune juice might also help and i would also add pureed apple into her cereal or even stop the cereal for a bit. You need to remove from her diet food that makes her constipated eg. mashed banana's, rice cereal etc only for a little while - til you see her poops become more soft again. Good luck. Its not very nice having to see our little ones in pain...xo

Lorraine - posted on 09/08/2009

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watered down apple juice (if possible the no sugar added, or low sugar kind) and gas drops help a ton. my daughter is 7months old and was going through the same thing last week when she started eating meats. i thought gas drops were only for if she wasnt giving up a burp, but they help her tummy when she cant poop. also i make my own apple sauce for her and if i notice her poop is hard, i give her 1oz of apple sauce as a little snack, and then after she eats her next meal i give her gas drops and then her sippy with some apple juice and a mum mum or some sort of finger foods. (the graduates yogurt melts are a great treat to help your baby learn to start finger foods, they melt away very fast) got a little off topic, but thats what i do (:

Brandee - posted on 09/08/2009

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Try to give her some apple juice, about 1 oz. This worked for my little girl.

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