My 8.5 month old has been constipated for weeks. The poor thing strains and strains only to produce a little piece or nothing at all. He eats three solid meals a day - whole grain cereal, grated apples, bananas, avocado, and various veggies with chicken or turkey.
Everywhere I read they say to give the baby 2-4 ounces of water, but he won't even drink half an ounce. I tried bottle, sippy cup, spoon. I tried it with juice, he still won't drink. He won't drink breast milk or formula during the day either - only at night and a little bit in the morning.
We've been trying to give him prunes and they do work - when we can get them into him. He hates them! Closes his mouth shut.
We've tried beets, fresh apples. We've been adding a teaspoon of olive oil into his cereal but it only helps a bit.
The doctor told me to give him aloe vera juice with karo syrup but I've read that the latter is not safe for children under 1, just like honey. She also prescribed some allergy medication with diarrhea as a side effect but I really don't want to give it to him. I've been drinking aloe vera juice myself to pass some to him but maybe I am not drinking enough because it's not helping.
I don't know what else to do.