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Any remedies for constipation?

medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
I've started feeding my daughter oatmeal once a day and some veggies every other day. I've noticed she's not as regular as she used to be. Now she has a movement every other day and it very little at that. No more explosions. Just these little green, smelly turds. I feel very sorry for my baby. A few times she's pushed some out and she cries a bit, while she does it. :( It's the consistency of playdough.

How can I help my baby? I nurse her on demand. I thought that would be enough fluids to counteract the oatmeal, but it's not. Should I give her water?

I almost want to scrap the whole solids thing.
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  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
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    Why are you feeding L solids? :dunno:
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    It got to the point where she would start frantically kicking her feet, whimpering and trying to grab people's food. She was definitely ready. She's been sitting up by herself for awhile now and is almost 7 months. She's a good eater, meaning she opens her mouth wide and doesn't thrust the food out with her tongue much at all.
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I'd stop the cereal. Babies don't need cereal anyway...it's very low in nutrients...and the artificially high iron content in the cereal is probably what's stopping her up. I'd give her veggies every day instead. Plenty of iron in darker veggies.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Posts: 24,963Banned Users
    Go w/ your gut & scrap it, I say...
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  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    We were doing solisd but no cereal & the WIC nutrition lady told us to get back on it b/c of the iron... But I'm gonna look & see how much Iron is in the solids we are giving without the cereal & then how much WITH the cereal... Does anyone know the daily Iron requirement for babies? I totally question this lady b/c she isn't the brightest crayon in the box & has offered stupid/incorrect advice before....
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  • shellibeanshellibean Posts: 4,500Registered Users
    Oh, and the only thing I know of is a little watered down juice or some baby food prunes might get things moving...

    My mom & grandma swear by a dab of some kind of syrup or malassis or something weird if the baby is in pain & can't poop. Luckily we haven't had to go there....
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    shelli wrote: »
    We were doing solisd but no cereal & the WIC nutrition lady told us to get back on it b/c of the iron... But I'm gonna look & see how much Iron is in the solids we are giving without the cereal & then how much WITH the cereal... Does anyone know the daily Iron requirement for babies? I totally question this lady b/c she isn't the brightest crayon in the box & has offered stupid/incorrect advice before....


    Formula is already iron-fortified and should be his main source of nutrition for the first year. It's overkill to also give him iron-fortified cereal.
  • generositytgenerosityt Posts: 245Registered Users
    Yes yes yes yes I know I know
    Apple Juiiiiiiiiiice
    That was our life savior. My baby had a painful constipation when she started eating solid and she couldn't poop for about 3 days and it was obvious that she was in pain. Her doctor told us to give her straight apple juice about 2 oz in the morning and 2 others at night and it worked.
    In fact even if you're nursing you need to give her 4 oz of extra fluids a day which is usually water with 1/3 apple juice or pear juice. Our doctor asked us to start giving her those extra fluids since she was 4. In fact if we miss one of the 2 oz the consistancy of her poop changes.
    Keep giving her water to help with the food.
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  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    Actually babies who are nursed don't need additional fluid and any baby does not need juice. Juice is not necessary just like cereal, they are just fabricated nutritional milestones set by gerber and other baby food companies.

    M, I agree with Wiley and RCW, it's likely the iron that's stopping her up. I would just skip the cereal and give her other solids if you want to introduce them now (chunks of fruit for her to chew on, etc.). She is still so young. The reason that iron stops up little kids (and adults for that matter) is that the iron in fortified foods and iron drops is not absorbed by the body as well as the iron in breastmilk or even naturally iron rich foods. It's the reason that FF babies tend to have thicker stools from the beginning vs. the seedy loose stool of a BF baby. You're seeing unabsorbed iron affecting the child's intestinal function.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Actually babies who are nursed don't need additional fluid and any baby does not need juice. Juice is not necessary just like cereal, they are just fabricated nutritional milestones set by gerber and other baby food companies.

    M, I agree with Wiley and RCW, it's likely the iron that's stopping her up. I would just skip the cereal and give her other solids if you want to introduce them now (chunks of fruit for her to chew on, etc.). She is still so young. The reason that iron stops up little kids (and adults for that matter) is that the iron in fortified foods and iron drops is not absorbed by the body as well as the iron in breastmilk or even naturally iron rich foods. It's the reason that FF babies tend to have thicker stools from the beginning vs. the seedy loose stool of a BF baby. You're seeing unabsorbed iron affecting the child's intestinal function.

    It's crazy, but I miss those loose seedy stools. Yes, they were hard to clean up and sometimes made a huge mess in her pajamas, but at least I knew it was all mommy milk. There was nothing harming her or giving her discomfort with my milk. Today is day 2 of no oatmeal. I fed her some sweet potato and peas.

    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
  • generositytgenerosityt Posts: 245Registered Users
    Actually babies who are nursed don't need additional fluid and any baby does not need juice. Juice is not necessary just like cereal, they are just fabricated nutritional milestones set by gerber and other baby food companies.

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    I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.
    The doctor also said that food at this stage is used to rule out allergies and train babies more than anything else. So milk is the essential source of nutrition for the whole first year and she can go for days without eating any solids, nooo problem.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Actually babies who are nursed don't need additional fluid and any baby does not need juice. Juice is not necessary just like cereal, they are just fabricated nutritional milestones set by gerber and other baby food companies.

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    I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.
    The doctor also said that food at this stage is used to rule out allergies and train babies more than anything else. So milk is the essential source of nutrition for the whole first year and she can go for days without eating any solids, nooo problem.



    This sounds like breastfeeding advice straight out of the 1950's.
  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.

    I would definitely think about a new doctor since this advice goes against all current research. And kids NEVER really need juice.
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I'm starting to get nervous. She hasn't had a bowel movement in about 3 days. The last time I gave her cereal was on Sunday morning.
  • fuzzbucketfuzzbucket Posts: 996Registered Users
    You could take her temperature rectally and see if that gets her going. I'm so sorry she's going through this!
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  • webjockeywebjockey Posts: 2,786Registered Users
    From what I read, as long as the pee's still flowing and the baby seems ok (no temp, acting normal) it's all ok.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    I'm starting to get nervous. She hasn't had a bowel movement in about 3 days. The last time I gave her cereal was on Sunday morning.


    As long as she's not in any apparant distress, I'd just wait it out. She'll go eventually. Just don't put any special clothes on her til she goes, because when it happens, it's likely to be impressive.

    ;)
  • marielle448marielle448 Posts: 1,823Registered Users
    poor kid - hope she goes soon. LOL at RCW's impressive comment, so true.
  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users
    Has she tried prunes yet? She's old enough, right? A few bites of the gerber prunes would unplug Xander right up when he had problems going. If she is not in distress, try not to let it worry you too much.
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  • Hairblogger â„¢Hairblogger â„¢ Posts: 564Registered Users
    I always flush the system with warm water and liquid foods (soup) to alleviate constipation and it has always worked.

    I have never tried this on a baby, but hopefully the warm water may help flush her little system.
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  • generositytgenerosityt Posts: 245Registered Users
    Actually babies who are nursed don't need additional fluid and any baby does not need juice. Juice is not necessary just like cereal, they are just fabricated nutritional milestones set by gerber and other baby food companies.

    .

    I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.
    The doctor also said that food at this stage is used to rule out allergies and train babies more than anything else. So milk is the essential source of nutrition for the whole first year and she can go for days without eating any solids, nooo problem.



    This sounds like breastfeeding advice straight out of the 1950's.

    I didn't understand what you mean here?
    In fact what is the difference between givin her fruits or giving her 1 oz juice everyday mixed with 3 oz of water, I don't see any difference especially that we use natural juice.
    Actually for us it is working great, so I don't see where the harm is.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users

    I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.
    The doctor also said that food at this stage is used to rule out allergies and train babies more than anything else. So milk is the essential source of nutrition for the whole first year and she can go for days without eating any solids, nooo problem.



    This sounds like breastfeeding advice straight out of the 1950's.

    I didn't understand what you mean here?
    In fact what is the difference between givin her fruits or giving her 1 oz juice everyday mixed with 3 oz of water, I don't see any difference especially that we use natural juice.
    Actually for us it is working great, so I don't see where the harm is.



    I meant it's old, outdated, irrelevant advice, not based on current literature or knowledge of nutrition.

    Breastfed babies do not need any extra fluids. Breastmilk is a complete food. No extras needed at all during the first year. Babies do not need to be trained to eat solids. They eat them when they are ready. They don't need to have allergies ruled out...and in fact more recent info shows that the later a baby starts solids, the lower their rates of lifetime allergies.

    The difference between juice and fruit is that fiber is missing in juice...which kinda defeats the whole purpose of eating fruit. Without the fiber, fruit juice is just sugar.
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    I took her rectal temp a few hours ago and she finally passed some stool but it was about the size of my pinky and very hard. Like clay. There was also a little blood (like tissue) on it. I knew she had to go because she was fine one moment, then abruptly started crying in pain. She couldn't pass it, so I took a wipe and gently pulled it out. She went from crying to laughing.

    I'm dreading the next time she goes. I hope it's not as painful.

    Cereal is such ****. I don't know why I gave it to her.
  • SigiSigi Posts: 2,379Registered Users
    Next time she has hard stools like that, put a dab of Vaseline on her butt to help it out a little. When my boys were about 1 1/2 they had some bouts of hard stools like that where they cried out in pain. My MIL suggested to squirt some water up there (with the bulb syringe thingy) to help things move along, but i couldn't bring myself to do it.

    Poor baby!
  • jennapeachjennapeach Posts: 37Registered Users
    You can also try a bit of Karo syrup. I had to resort to it once for M and it worked like a charm. She was stopped up solid and it worked within maybe 6 hours or so?
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice. She's still pretty constipated, two weeks after I stopped giving her oatmeal. I feel terrible.

    I've tried prune juice mixed with water.

    I've tried prune baby food.

    All I get is a little Hershey squirt every other day.

    I'm skipping all the cereals and most baby food. I'll just be feeding her from my plate, if she starts crying for food. I'll just make sure to nurse her before I sit down to eat.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    E had HORRID constipation, that we took her to the doctor and got some klondremul, or whatever it's called. Hers was when she was older though, more related to milk and all of that. She still can't drink whole milk without it constipating her BADLY.

    Prunes, and maybe a tiny bit of warmed prune juice is what I have heard works.

    ITA that breastmilk is the only real liquid they need, as I am sure you know as this being #3 for you!!!

    Both of my kids had pooping issues like this, R was bad once and hubby needed to use a wipe, too. It's sad to see them in such pain sometimes!
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    medussa wrote: »
    Thanks for the advice. She's still pretty constipated, two weeks after I stopped giving her oatmeal. I feel terrible.

    I've tried prune juice mixed with water.

    I've tried prune baby food.

    All I get is a little Hershey squirt every other day.

    I'm skipping all the cereals and most baby food. I'll just be feeding her from my plate, if she starts crying for food. I'll just make sure to nurse her before I sit down to eat.


    I don't want to over-react, but a baby who hasn't pooped in 2 weeks except for a few squirts might have an obstruction or impaction. The more liquid stuff from higher up in the bowel can get by the impaction and make it seem like she's going enough, even if she actually isn't going enough.

    I'd probably call the ped in the morning and have her seen...and I might do a vaseline'd pinky exam tonight just to see if I could feel the impaction, but that's just me.
  • Yes, Still PaulaYes, Still Paula Posts: 485Registered Users
    How about mixing a little bit of papaya (straight from the real fruit) into the solid foods you give her? How old is she, by the way?
  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Paula, she'll be 7 months old in a few days.

    RCW, I don't think there's an impaction. I've already checked.

    I am reassured by the fact that her stools are getting lighter in color (the iron from the cereal is leaving her system) and are noticeably softer.

    I'm going to wait until Friday to see if she can go on her own. The Q-tip trick does get things going, but I shouldn't have to do that everyday. I will continue feeding her prunes and giving her watered down prune juice (she's not digging the juice) in the meantime.

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