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#1 Minnie80

Posted 24 August 2019 - 03:35 PM

My daughter is 6.5 months old. She was never a frequent pooper. Maybe once every three days or so  But she didn't have constipation. This was just how she was.
We introduced solids a couple of weeks ago and the doctor told me that she will be start to poop more because of the veggies. And it was true, she was pooping once or twice daily. Everything was fine, until a couple of days ago when I noticed that her appetite was down a bit. But she pooped normally. Then yesterday, she kept straining and straining, then crying hysterically. It looked like constipation but it was weird because she had pooped normally the day before. But she was so distressed through the day and wouldn't settle at night. When I was changing her nappy at 1 am, I noticed she had pooped a hard pellet, and she had more poop stuck in her anus which made her even more hysterical. We weren't sure what to do, so we sat her up and eventually, the poop got pushed back into her anus. So, obviously she still couldn't get rid of it. This morning, she woke up upset again and was straining hard again.
I will try to get her to the doctor. But I just have a couple of questions. How can she get so severely constipated in just one day? And what is the best way to deal when poop gets stuck like that. Sorry for the TMI, but I never dealt with anything like that with my son.

#2 Hands Up

Posted 24 August 2019 - 03:47 PM

Both our kids have a tendency to constipation. I honestly never realised how much DH and I would talk and think about poo.

Firstly, I think you need to see a doctor.

Secondly the troubles began with our children when they started solids as we really struggled to get enough water into them. We tried every bottle and sippy cup you can think of. In the end, on medical advice, we added extra water to formula (they always drank it all, loved their formula). We also added a bit of prune juice to each bottle. I would also broil and then blend pitted prunes and add to their breakfast porridge. In the end they needed (again on medical advice), colxyl drops.

Other things that helped..... warm baths (I’ve fished more nuggets out of the bath than I care to remember!), tummy massage (and tummy time) and.... well, bottom massage. Disposable glove, Vaseline on the finger and gently massaging around the outside of the anus while they strain. We also found that gently pushing about five cm away from the anus (so supporting the perenium and surrounding areas) as they pooed/strained helped (I’ve done it all, basically!) I would definitely not repeat what you did last night pushing the poo back up.

But ultimately, fibre fibre fibre and water.... along with seeing a doctor asap.

#3 Tbird24

Posted 24 August 2019 - 03:58 PM

We ended up taking my son off gluten when he was around 1, which helped a fair bit. I wouldn’t do that long term without seeing a dr first, but you could give it a try for a few days just to see if it makes a difference.

#4 Minnie80

Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:17 PM

When we sat her up, the poop got pushed in by itself. She's only taking one solid a day. She's still living off formula and breastmilk mainly. This is why I don't understand the sudden severe constipation. I've tried massaging her stomach but she screamed when I touched it.

#5 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:22 PM

I think you should take her to the doctor.
you're assuming constipation but if she is screaming at your touch then time to have a specialist look at it

#6 Daphne27

Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:27 PM

Definitely worth a chat to the doctor.

Trhe orher bizarre but really effective solution is a small amount of brown augar in water. I remember being initiallt horrified at giving my precious baby sugar - but it totally worked.

Obviously not a long term or regular solution!

#7 Minnie80

Posted 25 August 2019 - 02:00 AM

We took her to the doctor. He said it's constipation. He recommended some dietary changes. But he said we needed to do an enema. There was literally poop stuck in her butt at the doctor's.
We just did the enema now and three hard balls came out. I was actually expecting more. But I hope that relieves her a bit.
She also got her first cold with a runny nose and cough. Poor girl.
Thanks everyone for your advice.

#8 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:59 AM

Glad you got it checked.
Just a thought how much tummy time is she having?
Rolling around on the floor being able to move may assist too.

#9 Minnie80

Posted 25 August 2019 - 10:16 AM

Unfortunately, it's 2 am here and it started again. There is poop stuck in her butt again. I will contact the doctor in the morning. ;(

#10 Kafkaesque

Posted 25 August 2019 - 10:57 AM

What is she having as her solids meal and how much? Try stopping it for a few days and see if it improves. Also how much milk is she actually having?

Alternatively you could try increasing the number of meals and give more fruit and veg. Also make sure you offer water with solid meals and while she is constipated offer small amounts for water each day. Not full bottles or anything that will interfere with milk intake.

#11 literally nobody

Posted 25 August 2019 - 02:48 PM

give her some coloxyl for babies from the chemist.

#12 No girls here

Posted 25 August 2019 - 04:03 PM

I have had so many problems with constipation with my kids.

The things that helped at that age were:
- using HA formula instead of regular formula (made a huge difference!)
- solid meals were mostly veges and minimal rice cereal
- warm baths and stomach massage
- Adding brown sugar to the bottle when desperate

#13 nasty buddha

Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:03 PM

What solids are you offering?

#14 Hummingbird82

Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:44 PM

I'm sorry you're DD is experiencing what appears to be constipation.

My son suffered from bad constipation when he started solids and we ended up seeing a paediatric gastroenterologist. She said that some babies take time to adjust to solids and had my son start osmolax which he had daily. He took it for years, and we gradually decreased the dose until he didn't need it anymore. It was a lifesaver for us.

We gave it to him under her medical advice and supervision though, so perhaps seeing a paediatric gastroenterologist may be an option for you?

I remember her telling me not to give him too much fibre. She said that for patents with chronic diarrhoea they recommend increasing fibre. So fibre and fluids are good, but too much fibre could cause constipation. Good luck with it all. It's very stressful.

#15 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 26 August 2019 - 07:18 AM

Haven't you also changed from expressing to using a lot more formula?
And introduced solids?
Perhaps her system is overloaded with the change.
Can you go back to just formula until she figures that out - with  extra water added perhaps and then reintroduce solids

#16 Sincerely

Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:13 AM

There are different dietary fibres. Soluble fibres (bran, lentils, peas) hold on to water in the gut softening the stool. Insoluble fibres (wheat, grains, some vegetables) don't hold water but their mass will bulk up the stool, so could cause the constipation you describe.

#17 Apageintime

Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:24 AM

Can you go back to breastmilk only for a few days until it clears? I would think that would be gentlest on her little tummy.

#18 Minnie80

Posted 26 August 2019 - 09:42 PM

We've only been on solids for two weeks. She has only one meal a day, made up of potatoes, zuchini and carrots. She was pooping more then usual after introducing solids, then suddenly got constipation. It was bizarre.
After the enema, the doctor recommended giving her beetroot and it worked great. We are back to nice soft stools now and she's eating and sleeping well again. Thank God :) I'm not sure what will happen after we stop the beetroot though.

#19 Jingleflea

Posted 26 August 2019 - 10:46 PM

Give her fruit, pears, peaches, plums etc.

#20 Sincerely

Posted 26 August 2019 - 11:08 PM

View PostJenflea, on 26 August 2019 - 10:46 PM, said:

Give her fruit, pears, peaches, plums etc.

Yes, these fruits worked best for one of my kids who also had constipation at an early age. I think these fruits are high in pectin & other soluble fibres.

#21 Babetty

Posted 27 August 2019 - 09:15 AM

Glad the beetroot is working.

Just wanted to agree with the suggestion of pears for constipation - it's a bit more gentle than prunes and most babies tolerate it well. I started giving my kids pureed pear as one of their first solids (mixed with a little formula and rice cereal)

#22 Romeo Void

Posted 27 August 2019 - 11:42 AM

Keep away from banana or any of those fruit pouches that have banana.  I know it sounds counter intuitive but banana was a huge culprit in my sons issues.  I had no idea it could cause problems.

#23 Jingleflea

Posted 27 August 2019 - 12:22 PM

yeah, my DD couldn't eat bananas either.

#24 Romeo Void

Posted 27 August 2019 - 03:02 PM

View PostJenflea, on 27 August 2019 - 12:22 PM, said:

yeah, my DD couldn't eat bananas either.
Yup, seriously keep away from them if your having trouble.

Edited by Romeo Void, 27 August 2019 - 03:03 PM.

#25 literally nobody

Posted 27 August 2019 - 03:21 PM

we had no issues with bananas even tho we had chronic constipation issues til my dd was 5. She wasn’t lactose intolerant but lactose sensitive. Rice milk was a lifesaver.

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