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Old 01-31-2008, 10:54 AM   #21
 
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I always flush the system with warm water and liquid foods (soup) to alleviate constipation and it has always worked.

I have never tried this on a baby, but hopefully the warm water may help flush her little system.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:15 AM   #22
 
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Actually babies who are nursed don't need additional fluid and any baby does not need juice. Juice is not necessary just like cereal, they are just fabricated nutritional milestones set by gerber and other baby food companies.

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I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.
The doctor also said that food at this stage is used to rule out allergies and train babies more than anything else. So milk is the essential source of nutrition for the whole first year and she can go for days without eating any solids, nooo problem.


This sounds like breastfeeding advice straight out of the 1950's.
I didn't understand what you mean here?
In fact what is the difference between givin her fruits or giving her 1 oz juice everyday mixed with 3 oz of water, I don't see any difference especially that we use natural juice.
Actually for us it is working great, so I don't see where the harm is.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:24 AM   #23
 
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I am breastfeeding my baby and the doctor said she needs extra fluid when she reached her 4th month. And I think he is right because whenever they forget to give her her water and juice at the daycare, her poop consistancy changes.
The doctor also said that food at this stage is used to rule out allergies and train babies more than anything else. So milk is the essential source of nutrition for the whole first year and she can go for days without eating any solids, nooo problem.


This sounds like breastfeeding advice straight out of the 1950's.
I didn't understand what you mean here?
In fact what is the difference between givin her fruits or giving her 1 oz juice everyday mixed with 3 oz of water, I don't see any difference especially that we use natural juice.
Actually for us it is working great, so I don't see where the harm is.


I meant it's old, outdated, irrelevant advice, not based on current literature or knowledge of nutrition.

Breastfed babies do not need any extra fluids. Breastmilk is a complete food. No extras needed at all during the first year. Babies do not need to be trained to eat solids. They eat them when they are ready. They don't need to have allergies ruled out...and in fact more recent info shows that the later a baby starts solids, the lower their rates of lifetime allergies.

The difference between juice and fruit is that fiber is missing in juice...which kinda defeats the whole purpose of eating fruit. Without the fiber, fruit juice is just sugar.
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Old 01-31-2008, 02:27 PM   #24
 
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I took her rectal temp a few hours ago and she finally passed some stool but it was about the size of my pinky and very hard. Like clay. There was also a little blood (like tissue) on it. I knew she had to go because she was fine one moment, then abruptly started crying in pain. She couldn't pass it, so I took a wipe and gently pulled it out. She went from crying to laughing.

I'm dreading the next time she goes. I hope it's not as painful.

Cereal is such ****. I don't know why I gave it to her.
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Old 01-31-2008, 04:28 PM   #25
 
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Next time she has hard stools like that, put a dab of Vaseline on her butt to help it out a little. When my boys were about 1 1/2 they had some bouts of hard stools like that where they cried out in pain. My MIL suggested to squirt some water up there (with the bulb syringe thingy) to help things move along, but i couldn't bring myself to do it.

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You can also try a bit of Karo syrup. I had to resort to it once for M and it worked like a charm. She was stopped up solid and it worked within maybe 6 hours or so?
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Thanks for the advice. She's still pretty constipated, two weeks after I stopped giving her oatmeal. I feel terrible.

I've tried prune juice mixed with water.

I've tried prune baby food.

All I get is a little Hershey squirt every other day.

I'm skipping all the cereals and most baby food. I'll just be feeding her from my plate, if she starts crying for food. I'll just make sure to nurse her before I sit down to eat.
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E had HORRID constipation, that we took her to the doctor and got some klondremul, or whatever it's called. Hers was when she was older though, more related to milk and all of that. She still can't drink whole milk without it constipating her BADLY.

Prunes, and maybe a tiny bit of warmed prune juice is what I have heard works.

ITA that breastmilk is the only real liquid they need, as I am sure you know as this being #3 for you!!!

Both of my kids had pooping issues like this, R was bad once and hubby needed to use a wipe, too. It's sad to see them in such pain sometimes!
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Thanks for the advice. She's still pretty constipated, two weeks after I stopped giving her oatmeal. I feel terrible.

I've tried prune juice mixed with water.

I've tried prune baby food.

All I get is a little Hershey squirt every other day.

I'm skipping all the cereals and most baby food. I'll just be feeding her from my plate, if she starts crying for food. I'll just make sure to nurse her before I sit down to eat.

I don't want to over-react, but a baby who hasn't pooped in 2 weeks except for a few squirts might have an obstruction or impaction. The more liquid stuff from higher up in the bowel can get by the impaction and make it seem like she's going enough, even if she actually isn't going enough.

I'd probably call the ped in the morning and have her seen...and I might do a vaseline'd pinky exam tonight just to see if I could feel the impaction, but that's just me.
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How about mixing a little bit of papaya (straight from the real fruit) into the solid foods you give her? How old is she, by the way?
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:44 AM   #31
 
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Paula, she'll be 7 months old in a few days.

RCW, I don't think there's an impaction. I've already checked.

I am reassured by the fact that her stools are getting lighter in color (the iron from the cereal is leaving her system) and are noticeably softer.

I'm going to wait until Friday to see if she can go on her own. The Q-tip trick does get things going, but I shouldn't have to do that everyday. I will continue feeding her prunes and giving her watered down prune juice (she's not digging the juice) in the meantime.

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Guano: I had a dream about you last night, RCW. I called you up out of the blue, the next thing I know, I was at your house. Or maybe you were at mine. I was on my way to Vermont, to go skiing.

Just drop the babe here. I'll be happy to watch her while you ski.
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Medussa, that is scary, and it must be awful to see her in pain!

My doctor and the nurses are pushing cereal because of the iron.... your posts are convincing me to skip it!

Is she doing any better?
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:59 AM   #34
 
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Medussa, that is scary, and it must be awful to see her in pain!

My doctor and the nurses are pushing cereal because of the iron.... your posts are convincing me to skip it!

Is she doing any better?
Skip the cereal. JJ doesn't need it. I'm really mad at myself for giving it to her. I probably should have made it very watery for the first two weeks, rather than thicken it up more and more. Well, every baby is different. But I would skip it all, if given another chance to do it all again.

I think the problem is that the cereal is iron-fortified. Had I just skipped the baby food and went straight to table food, we might've been okay. She's so happy eating what I eat anyway.

Anyway, she's not much better. I got another little squirt this morning. The nurse told me to call them today if the suppository didn't work. I didn't follow their advice and didn't give it to her yesterday (nor the sugar water they recommended).

I'm having my husband pick up the suppositories on his way home from work tonight. I will give it until Thursday to work, then we head in to the pediatrician on Friday.

Thanks for asking.
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