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    Default Still Constipated

    ARGH!

    DD is 8 months. Ever since we have started solids we have had problems with constipation. I'm really confused as what to do. If I give her anything other than pears, peas or prunes she can't make a bowel movement. I give her sugar water probably 3-4 times a week to help and I DETEST giving her sugar water. I usually end up having to give her a glycerine suppository. She'll cry and get real red-faced trying to go, and she'll start crying. I just don't know what to do. Everything was perfect before I introduced theses nasty solids....

    ADVICE?!!?!?


    Angela (AP), mommy to Charlotte Rose (12/22/06) and Ruby (7/30/09) http://lettiebuzz.blogspot.com/


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    OK, for what it's worth (and I'm NO expert), if it were me, I'd try to stay away from helping things along for your DD. IMO, it only prolongs the agony and/or the dependence on the "help". Is it true constipation (hard, dry stools), or does she just fuss when she tries to go? How much solids are you feeding? Other than the solids, are you feeding only breastmilk, or some formula too?

    Sorry so many questions. My advice is to not push solids too much if they seem to be causing so much strife. Take a step back. There's nothing that says you must be feeding solids, even at this point. The breastmilk still provides all the nutrition needed for an 8-mo old. Maybe your daughter isn't quite ready.....

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    It will take her 3, 4 days to make a bowel movement when I am feeding her solids. In the meantime, I'll see her straining, and grunting, her face turns red. She's truly constipated. So, I'll take a step back, only give her pears and yobaby, which pedi recommended and does seem to help. When she does go, it's like little hard peanuts. Pedi just keeps telling me to give her sugar water, milk of magnesia, etc. He's not really taking my concerns seriously.

    She's only breastfed and that's on demand, whenever she's hungry or thirsty or just needs comforting. I also give her a sippy cup with water throughout the day for her to kind of 'play' with.

    I became completely fed up and frustrated and just broken-hearted for her over the weekend and vowed to give them up until she was older. Since then, she's had a couple of puffs and some yobaby and she's made stinky, nice and soft everyday. So, should I delay solids, or am I just prolonging the inevitable?


    Angela (AP), mommy to Charlotte Rose (12/22/06) and Ruby (7/30/09) http://lettiebuzz.blogspot.com/


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    I'm of the opinion that when a baby is ready for something, their bodies will work WITH whatever it is. My DD was very similar w/ solids - we'd try them, she wasn't too interested and then it caused BM problems. So we backed off until she showed real interest (for us it was right around her 1st birthday) and then we had no problems. She ate like a champ and pooped like a princess So maybe just go back to what's comfortable w/ her body and what she's asking for until she seems ready to do solids. Babies are so fascinating - they truly DO know what they need! HTH at least a little and good luck mama

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    I had issus sometimes when my LO tried new things. I decided to grind up organic prunes in a food prosessor mixed with a little water to make the consistensy a bit creamier and froze it in jars. Then in the morning I would mix a little bit (don't need much, as it does have sugar) in with his oatmeal. (his morning staple) This kept him regular from then on.
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    Thanks ya'll! Good advice, I appreciate it -


    Angela (AP), mommy to Charlotte Rose (12/22/06) and Ruby (7/30/09) http://lettiebuzz.blogspot.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by shahadaghan View Post
    I'm of the opinion that when a baby is ready for something, their bodies will work WITH whatever it is.

    Exactly. Go with your gut, not with what the books say. The fact that you're having to medicate or counteract the constipation with other things like M.O.M. or suppositories says that baby's not ready, IMO! Listen to your instincts and make it easier on everyone!

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    I agree with the pp. DD is 8 and a half months old and is almost exclusively bf except for little bits of things when I'm eating dinner and she expresses interest. We are only doing whole foods - so far avocado, banana, sweet potato, apple, watermelon. I also tried something that I read about in Dr. Sear baby book and in one of the threads here, a chicken leg bone, all cleaned off and missing the cap, no seasonings - I basically roasted a chicken and cleaned it all off to give to her and let me tell you she loved it - didnt' want to give it up

    We were seeing an AP pediatrician when we were in NC and she told us up to 5 or 6 days before trying with suppositories, even just inserting a thermometer wit some lubrication was preferable. massaging her tummy as well. I personally don't like the fact that many peds will automatically turn to meds like that. You could also try some powdered acidophilus mixed with a tiny bit of breast milk which would be good for her tummy.

    there is some useful info in these links but you might have already seen them :I knowa couple talk about digestive problems that come when baby just isnt ready.
    http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/tip.htm
    http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...uidelines.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...olids-how.html

    hope this helps!

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    I agree with everybody else here too. I just wanted to add that I've been giving my dd the liquid enema (tiny little glyserin things) all along... we're down to like 2 a month maybe... with her its not even that it's true constipation... she just has extrememly irritable slow bowels. She will be sooo fussy and crying and I give her a little squeeze on one of those... she goes bm in like 3 min. and is happy happy happy! Then ususally she can go normally for the next few days.
    The specialist say's it cause of the cow and soy protien in the breastmilk and she needs to just be on alimentum. Skrew him. :P

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    Default Re: Still Constipated

    I feed a Stage 1 Gerber Organics Prunes for breakfast once every 3 (or 4) days to keep my LO regular. Otherwise, she will end up waking in the middle of he night trying to poo but can't.

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