8 mos. and still dealing with constipation issues...

Angie - posted on 04/08/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 9 months now and we still have to deal with constipation issues. She does go almost everyday but more often than not her stool is hard or tiny balls. At least once every week or so she has a hard time going (screaming and crying in pain). We've told this to her doctor who recommended a small amount of prunce juice daily. However she refuses to drink it and just lets it run out of her mouth or won't drink it at all. We have given her more water to drink but it hasn't helped. We've switched formulas and still it happens. Shes eating babyfood now so we give her oatmeal and veggies but still it happens. I am not sure what else to try. This whole thing started up once I stopped full time breastfeeding about 5 months ago. (I haven't breastfed her since Jan. of this year) so its been a long going thing.

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Have you tried diluting the prune juice? The taste might be too strong for her as it is really sweet... Have you tried adding more fibers? REducing bananas, cooked carrots, any rice type cereal/cookies since they tend to constipate more. Apricots and pears can also help loosen the stool... Maybe a prune puree might be more appealing to your little one... Hopefully you will find something that works for her.

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Katie - posted on 04/09/2009

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Gerber makes an apple-prune juice that tastes better then just prune juice. Applesauce can make constipation worse and apple juice makes it better (something about the sugars, I know it doesn't seem to make sense). I make my own plums http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com for instructions, they taste really good homemade. Peaches also help.

Yogurt (whole milk plain greek style or yo baby) and kefir (kefir is made sort of like yogurt but is liquid and better for your digestive system, you can find it at a wholefoods type store or some grocers carry it in their dairy section near the creamer and yogurt) are good to help mature the digestive system because they contain good bacteria to help break down foods. Plus, it helps their immune system. Just mix in prepared baby food.

Kelli - posted on 04/09/2009

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I started giving my son activa yogurt and it worked almost instantly. My doctor said the probiotics in it help alot and keeps things moving. Ever since I haven't had problems with constipation. I had the same issue as you except he would drink the prune juice and eat prune puree and it still didn't help. Its worth a try if your still having troubles.

Crystal - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter had the same problem as an infant.  Except, it went on for so long and the Gi doctor we went to, kept telling me its a behavior issue.  Come to find out,  my daughters gi tract had no movement, so at the age of eight, they had to cut a portion of her bowel out an insert a cecostumy tube ..  I have learned over these years,  that in kids, you want to watch fiber in take, and add grapes,apples and the activa yogart..    watch about giving babies any type of ennema's.  it tears the colon walls down and causes more problems later in life.    You can also try putting some baby senakot medicine mixed with juice,  it's a stool softner that helps  the bowels..    



 



Hope she gets better 

Eloise - posted on 04/09/2009

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Hi Angela
My little boy is 11 months and every now and then suffers from constipation maybe try diluting 2 oz (60ml) prune juice with 2 oz of cool boiled water (try warming it a little might she might drink it) also what my health visitor suggested was baby massage. When you doing a morning nappy change lie ur littlin on the changer and take a bit of baby oil/olive oil on your hand and slowly start massaging in a circular motion from the pelvis area and up towards the belly button and round back down towards the pelvic area (on left side of where tummy is) do that 6 times and then massage from the belly button down to the pelvic area 6 times not too hard and not too gentle and then again after a bath. It seemed to help Tristan alot along with prune juice or infact any fruit juice so long as its mixed with water.

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Aside from the other good advice you have here, have you considered a probiotic?
Here in Australia we can get a tablet form for babies/kids that can be crushed up and put in water or formula/BM and given in a dropper.
I have done this for my 4mth old (he was pooping too much) and my friend used them for her daughter with eczema.
I have been on a probiotic for nearly 4yrs and it helped me a lot with my IBS symptoms.
I know how horrible it can be, so GL. Try also looking up soluble vs insoluble fibres. People prone to consitpation can be aggravated by some of the typical fibrous things, like said bananas, and rice cereal can be the devil for constipation!

Brittani - posted on 04/08/2009

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My son just turned two in March and we have been dealing with constipation since he was about 3 weeks old. He screams in pain EVERY time he goes and more often than not, he bleeds. His stool also comes out much bigger and harder than adult size. At first his doctor wanted me to try the prune juice, then that didnt work. He suggested Barley cereal and that did actually work for quite some time. Then when that faded he had to be put on Miralax (if you dont know what that is, its a laxative commonly used for women but is often used for infants ad toddlers constipation as well). That had to be mixed with his juice. That too worked for awhile. After that the problem persisted so his doctor had no choice but to refer him to a specialist at our local Children's Hospital. They did an xray of his intestines, colon, and all that and they say it looks fine. They put him on a stronger laxative called Enulose and one called Lactulose and these tend to work... its definitely a rough thing to go through, for parents and children. Ask her doctor about a prescription or try a second opinion like we had to do. Either way, Good Luck!

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Hi.

I mix prune juice with my daughters solid foods and it seems to help at lot. Also try to give her solid foods that help with constipation (peas, beans, apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums or spinach) and give her less food that is known to cause constipation (bananas, applesauce, cereals, breads, pasta and white potatoes).

But if it is really bad and causing such discomfort and she needs relief, try Coloxyl Infant Oral Drops (get from supermarkets or chemists), just add it to a drink (it's choc/caramel flavour), I have used this numerous times, it's safe for all ages, my doctor also recommended it. It is not a laxative it is a stool softner. Hope this helps and gives your daughter some relief.

Also try putting a little oil (vegetable based) around her anus to lubricate the area, as this will also help.

Good luck.

Yvonne - posted on 04/08/2009

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Breastmilk is the best thing for constipation.  You could probably still try if you wanted to.   Don't know what to suggest other than that, whenever my daughter gets constipated I just nurse her more and give her less solids.

Ashley - posted on 04/08/2009

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we use diluted apple juice instead of prune juice...it works really well and probably tastes a little better ;)

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2009

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My one daughter who is now 3 had that issue when she was little. We changed her formula because we thought that was the issue. I would give her a small amount of prune juice and have her lay on the floor while I moved her knees up to her chest...I made it fun for her so she would lay there for about 5 min. I also took a temp. thing, lubed it up a lil and moved it around when I would do a changing, she hated it for the first 2 sec. but it would guide the stool out and after she felt better. Hope this helps.

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It sucks to have to reduce bananas because most children love them! Rice is also a big culprit for constipation my son loves the rice cookies but he's allowed only one every 2 days if not he gets fussy when it's time to poop.

Angie - posted on 04/08/2009

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Wow thanks so much!! I didn't even know bananas were bad for her situation. She LOVES bananas and eats banana flavored oatmeal, banana yogart for dessert, and banana flavored rice puffs!! ACK! I will cut those out for now and see if it helps. The prune diluting is also a good idea I will try that as well.

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