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    Default Chronic Constipation--Running Out of Options

    My baby is 9.5 months. He has been suffering from constipation since we started solids at 6 months, but before that he would go 15+ days between bowel movements. That started at about 4 months. When I say chronic constipation, I mean his face turns purple, he screams in agony, and it makes him bleed because it is so large and rock hard. Now I've tried everything I can find including...
    the p foods
    mango
    no more baby cereal
    malonga
    cantalope
    watermelon
    yogurt
    benefiber(just increased quantity not consistency)
    we have been to two specialist
    started going to the chiropractor last week
    he won't drink juice or water
    I breastfeed on demand, tried to get him to bf more often, but that just got me bit

    Also, he has very underweight. Not even on the charts (16 pounds 10ounces) He meets his milestones extremely late (isn't crawling, didn't roll over until 7 months).

    Is there something I'm missing here. I know I am grasping at straws here, but I'm hoping someone here might have some insight. The specialist wants to put him on laxatives, but I really don't want to go that route. I want to figure out what is causing the problem, not mask it.
    Last edited by nina&noah; March 7th, 2008 at 10:04 PM.

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    Default Re: Chronic Constipation--Running Out of Options

    I'm so sorry that you have this problem, my sister's lo did too. She fed him fennel tea with caro syrup and it helped him a lot. He had a terrible time going and she would often help him with the thermometer but I think that can create a bad habit of him needing you.
    Mom to Abigail, born May 3rd, 2007 (self-weaned at 27 mths) and Charlotte, born Nov. 24th, 2009. Both reflux babies and EBF. Charlotte weighs 31 lbs at 26 mths.

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    Oh no that must be so hard on both of you! What specialists have you seen? Have they had any insights at all? All I can think is that personally I would try for a few days to eliminate ALL the solids except for those known to produce looser stools-- unsweetened applesauce, pear, softened prunes, etc... did someone tell you to use the Benefiber? I've heard that that type of fiber can create the REVERSE situation (i.e. bind you up) if you're not accustomed to it. Honestly I've never heard of that being given to a baby. Was it one of the specialists? Again, I'm so sorry! Seeing your baby in pain is never fun!
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    From the time my niece started solids, she had to drink several ounces of prune juice each day for chronic constipation. She's fifteen months now and still does.

    My ds has to eat some kind of poop producer every single day: somedays he eats pears, others just a couple of tablespoons of prune juice from a bottle. We try to keep his diet regular and balanced, but he does have a tendency to get backed up.

    healthymama is a good person to ask about this issue, fighting constipation through nutrition. You could always send her a pm, if she hasn't seen this already. Good luck!!! and hugs to your baby!!! (tears welled up in my eyes when I read about the pain he goes through.)
    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Google316 View Post
    Oh no that must be so hard on both of you! What specialists have you seen? Have they had any insights at all? All I can think is that personally I would try for a few days to eliminate ALL the solids except for those known to produce looser stools-- unsweetened applesauce, pear, softened prunes, etc... did someone tell you to use the Benefiber? I've heard that that type of fiber can create the REVERSE situation (i.e. bind you up) if you're not accustomed to it. Honestly I've never heard of that being given to a baby. Was it one of the specialists? Again, I'm so sorry! Seeing your baby in pain is never fun!
    The specialist told me to put the benefiber in his food. He was a pediatric gastro-something. The first one I went to wanted me to put him on laxatives for a year. The second one said to use the benefiber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamags View Post
    From the time my niece started solids, she had to drink several ounces of prune juice each day for chronic constipation. She's fifteen months now and still does.

    My ds has to eat some kind of poop producer every single day: somedays he eats pears, others just a couple of tablespoons of prune juice from a bottle. We try to keep his diet regular and balanced, but he does have a tendency to get backed up.

    healthymama is a good person to ask about this issue, fighting constipation through nutrition. You could always send her a pm, if she hasn't seen this already. Good luck!!! and hugs to your baby!!! (tears welled up in my eyes when I read about the pain he goes through.)
    I can't get him to drink the juice. I've tried in a cup and a bottle (I know you aren't supposed to give them juice in a bottle, but I'm desperate) he just isn't interested. I've even forced it down his throat with a syringe. It didn't seem to help, so I stopped fighting with him. He loves pears, and eats them every day.

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    The pears have made a tremendous difference for us. Ds gobbles them up, they work like a charm, and they cause much less gas than prune juice.

    Ds didn't and still doesn't like full-strength prune juice. He tastes it and pushes it away. I do about half and half with water. It also can't be too cold since it comes from the fridge, so I use hot water to even things out. The extra water also helps with the softening things up. He doesn't take it immediately. I sit in the chair with him for a while. He likes to chew on the bottle nipple. It's a gradual thing. He'd rather go play sometimes, so we'll try the bottle for a bit, then again later to finish it. Watering it down made the most difference for ds in drinking the juice.
    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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    Default Re: Chronic Constipation--Running Out of Options

    My dd went through constipation when first starting solids. I didn't see bananas on your list, but they constipated her terribly.

    Our pedi said anything with sugar in it (even Karo syrup), b/c the sugar helps draw fluids into the intestines, thus softening stools.

    We never used Karo syrup, but we offered apple juice and pear juice (she would never drink prune juice)...4 to 6 oz. a day and it kept things moving nicely.

    HTH!
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    Default Re: Chronic Constipation--Running Out of Options

    Quote Originally Posted by mommamags View Post
    healthymama is a good person to ask about this issue, fighting constipation through nutrition. You could always send her a pm, if she hasn't seen this already.
    I totally second what mommamags is suggesting, healthymama is a GOLD MINE in this field!! and always so kind to answer in details...

    in my case, chickes is backing up my LO a bit, but I keep it at bay now with coconut oil: yummy, nutritious and moisturizing!

    I have read also (Baby book) about flax seed oil or meal: in addition to the 'softening' effect, it has a load of good 'stuff' in it, since you're mentioning a weight issue (I'm not going to talk about it in extent due to my poor english, but read this).
    I also link you to an old thread where healthymama was explaining that too much fiber can have a bad effect on BM (as Google316 was mentioning).

    Oh, and of course, the remedy of all is always drink water (that's THE thing to do with adults, for a long term well being, according to my father - a doctor)... of course you don't give that much ewater to a baby your LO's age, but always offer after eating, it helps too...

    HTH ands good luck, it must be horrible seeing your LO going through all this!



    update:
    I also link you to an old thread where healthymama was explaining that too much fiber can have a bad effect on BM
    sorry I can't find it, but I'm sure you can contact her directly for it...
    Last edited by panzona; March 8th, 2008 at 03:59 AM. Reason: update with links
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    Hello
    I know that this was started 2 years ago but I am wondering what you ever ended up figuring out? My little girl is also 9.5 mo. She is always constipated. Same horrible experience that you described. I have tried many different formulas, and she has NO interest in food...just bottles! She has gotten to the point where she probably has a soft stool, but is so afraid to poop that she squeezes her legs together really tight so that it wont come out and then becomes constipated.
    I am wondering if a natural senna kids over the counter laxative is ok and for how long?
    I feel like this is my only remaining option.
    Just wondering what you ended up doing?
    Thanks!

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