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#1 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:32 AM

My 7mo has been having trouble for a week now.

It's not 'true constipation' as described by books, but he's been clearly struggling to push it out for a while.

He's fully breast fed, been on solids for 2 months and a bit (he's nearly 8 months) and apart from little bits of rice/pasta/cereal (I mean little) he has no other binding foods.

For the last 4 days I have restricted his diet to fruit and veg only, with no potatoes.

I have tried some dilute prune juice but he won't drink it, I tried some dilute pear juice which he doesn't like but will drink - now my sister tells me this could make it worse?

He's otherwise happy, got a tooth last Wednesday, but has been increasingly waking at night (not usual for him) - last night was hourly for 12 hours!

Any ideas?

Thanks - I really need sleep, he really needs to poo!

I should add his 'food' consumption has dropped considerably in the last week too, he's still BF and isn't starving so I'm not worried about the intake, just about the output.

#2 wannabe30

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:38 AM

I found that pureed pear was the best fix for my LO.  He'll eat plenty of it from those Raffertys pouches, so I always keep some on hand just in case.

And the BFing will help too.  Good luck!



#3 Bluenomi

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:44 AM

Puree pear seemed to help DD as did stewing prunes and mixing them with yougurt or pear.

#4 Tesseract

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:50 AM

My DD went through phases like this also. She is fully BF and we do BLW, so she wouldn't have a bar of drinking pear juice or pureed pears etc.

Apart from rice etc, the two foods that I cut when she is constipated are boiled eggs (which she loves) and bananas. Bananas, despite being a fruit, are major binders.

Also, while many people say BF babies don't need water, I started to give my DD some water in a cup at about that age, and this really helped the constipation...I think because we did BLW she wasn't getting as much liquid because none of her food was mixed with water or milk. Just a couple of little sips at each meal (and whenever I was having a drink) made a big difference. A shot-glass sized cup worked for us, I would hold it but she would guide it (she wouldn't take a sippy cup or bottle).

Other than that she has just sort of grown out of it, I guess there is an adjustment phase when they start solids where their digestive system takes a while to sort things out.

#5 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:56 AM

Thanks,

He has drunk water from the tim he started solids as with my oldest. He loves purred pear (refuses the real thing!) so I'll keep giving him them.

I know about bananas, he doesn't have any of that in his diet either.

Hopefully it's just an adjustment phase (that ends soon!)

#6 TashaKR81

Posted 26 March 2012 - 09:00 AM

I have just gone through this with my almost 8 month old DD, she would strain all day until late afternoon and all that was there was a 'nugget'... I asked the health nurse after some family advice hadn't worked and she told me to give her Brown sugar dissolved in boiled water let it cool and give it straight to her...worked a treat!!!!

I just added a heaped tablespoon into 50mls of water.

now I give it to her every day as well as water.

Don't give him Coloxal drops (as I started too) it weakens the bowel.

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#7 EmilyStrange

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:24 PM

2 teaspoons of freshly squeezed orange juice (without the peel and all, as is the case with juicing machines) will do the trick.  Give it 24 hours to work.

#8 jindy poss

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:25 PM

I second the brown sugar dissolved in water, our health nurse told us this and it worked a treat

#9 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (TashaKR81 @ 26/03/2012, 09:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Don't give him Coloxal drops (as I started too) it weakens the bowel.



No they don't.  While it makes sense to try other interventions before resorting to laxatives, untreated constipation is more likely to damage the bowel than a few rounds of coloxyl.

OP I'd keep the cereals out of the diet for a while, they actually add very little nutritionwise and can be constipating.

#10 TheGrouch

Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:04 AM

Awful isn't it.

Similar issues with our bub who has just started on solids. Tried pears and brown sugar, then moved to Coloxyl. Eventually had to go to the pharmacy and get a suppository for the poor little guy. Sounds extreme, but he was very constipated (rabbit pellets, screaming with pain and trying to push etc.) Once the suppository took effect I could see from the output why he was so upset.

The pharmacist said it's very normal between 6-8 months, even if babies are BF and not having binding foods. Just a big adjustment. We are steering clear of apples (amazed to find they are a constipating food) and bananas.

#11 rome_es21

Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:02 PM

Have  u tried giving him water?? My son goes through the same unless I give him heaps of water. And my son wouldnt drink it at the start but u need to keep trying. U cant give them the option of not having it just because they dont want it. And now my son loves water!! He doesnt need juice or whatever. Its simple water always clears the system but everyone tries stupid remedies like juice and other crap that babies dont need!! mellow.gif

#12 alli01

Posted 30 March 2012 - 01:13 PM

I have always used pureed pears.  Pumpkin is another one it seems to be 'P' foods that are good.  Prunes, that sort of thing.  I changed cereals too.  Started with farex with my daughter and it bound her uop and then went to rafferty's which is made up of brown rice, and that helped.  started my son on the rafferty's only didn't bother with anything else and he's had no problems.  Every child is different too, the water idea is good though, if he'll drink it.




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