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    Dd is 9 months old now. She is just now starting to show some interest in "solid" foods. We do some purees and she also feeds herself. She is very picky, though (not much of a surprise if you knew me!). The foods she loves include bananas, carrots, and sweet potatoes. She will eat a little bit of some other fruits, including apples, pears, apricots, and peaches, but definately not very much. She doesn't like any other veggies, either. Lately we have been having issues with her and constipation. Last week, she was extremely fussy and had a ton of trouble sleeping. When she finally did poop, it was a couple of hard little orange balls. They seemed pretty dry. I got her to eat some prunes, and after a couple more hard dry poops, we got back to our normal BMs. Anyway, back to my original question. Does anyone know which foods are constipating and which may help relieve it (besides prunes)? Also, does anyone know a good way to sneak in some more veggies? Thanks!

    Marcie

    OT- I'd like to introduce some pasta, but am unsure what type (shape) would be the easiest for her to get a hold of and get into her mouth. Any ideas? Thanks again!
    ~Jaden Mae 04-05-06~
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    ~Avery Lynne 11-27-08~
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    I know that fresh pressed pear juice (need juicer) is supposed to help adults. Google- pear juice and constipation
    Here is one link recommending it for babies
    http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/pa/pa_constipa_hhg.htm

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    heres something from dr sears
    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081100.asp

    my dd cann't have a whole bannana that aways gives her trouble.
    I give her a teaspoon of over the counter fiber, every day but she is 3.
    At nine months I would cut back on solids and nurse more untill their poops become easier and then slowly add the solids back in..
    are you giving baby cereal? that does it for some kids...

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    Yeah, bananas are horribly constipating for some LOs. It's great when they have diarrhea, because you have something natural to use to combat it! Otherwise, I usually don't feed more than a half banana a day. Rice is constipating, too.

    We had very good luck with pears and pear juice to counteract constipation. We never had to go the prune juice route. Fresh fruit like apples and pears are great, too. If you get a ripe pear, it can be very juicy and soft--easier to eat than an apple. The jarred fruits aren't quite as good as the fresh at cleaning 'em out. Also, WATERMELON works wonders.

    As for pasta, try small shells or macaroni.

    HTH!

    Lisa

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    I second the pps about bananas and rice cereal. For a while, I was giving dd bananas and rice cereal every day because that was the only thing she liked. Oops!!! We now have added prunes and pears to our repetoire - takes about 3 days, but it does the trick!!

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    Thanks for all of the ideas and suggestions. I wish dd liked juice, but I can't get her to drink out of a sippy cup, cup with a straw, or regular cup. She does drink BM out of a bottle when I'm at work (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), but I really don't want to start putting juice in her bottles. She's capable of drinking out of a sippy cup, just won't.

    Does anyone know about sweet potatoes? Are they constipating? Would they help relieve constipation? Anyone?

    Thanks again!

    Marcie
    ~Jaden Mae 04-05-06~
    --Self-weaned at 21 months--
    ~Avery Lynne 11-27-08~
    --Self-weaned at 23 months--
    ~Elise June 02-12-11~
    --Nursing like a champ--

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    Default Re: constipation

    http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?t...dspice&dbid=64

    heres a web site with info on sweet potatoes..
    are you useing jarred or canned or fresh?
    That could make a diffence...


    heres something about why the color in sweet potaotes is good for you
    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t044200.asp

    this link says sweat potatoes are good:
    http://www.taijichinesemedicine.com/...tipation2.html
    The foods most notorious in causing constipation include pasteurized cow's milk, yogurt, cheese, cooked carrots, and bananas.

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