Any remedies for constipation?

I've started feeding my daughter oatmeal once a day and some veggies every other day. I've noticed she's not as regular as she used to be. Now she has a movement every other day and it very little at that. No more explosions. Just these little green, smelly turds. I feel very sorry for my baby. A few times she's pushed some out and she cries a bit, while she does it. It's the consistency of playdough.

How can I help my baby? I nurse her on demand. I thought that would be enough fluids to counteract the oatmeal, but it's not. Should I give her water?

I almost want to scrap the whole solids thing.

Last edited by medussa; 01-31-2008 at 03:10 PM.
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Why are you feeding L solids? :dunno:
It got to the point where she would start frantically kicking her feet, whimpering and trying to grab people's food. She was definitely ready. She's been sitting up by herself for awhile now and is almost 7 months. She's a good eater, meaning she opens her mouth wide and doesn't thrust the food out with her tongue much at all.
I'd stop the cereal. Babies don't need cereal anyway...it's very low in nutrients...and the artificially high iron content in the cereal is probably what's stopping her up. I'd give her veggies every day instead. Plenty of iron in darker veggies.
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Go w/ your gut & scrap it, I say...
We were doing solisd but no cereal & the WIC nutrition lady told us to get back on it b/c of the iron... But I'm gonna look & see how much Iron is in the solids we are giving without the cereal & then how much WITH the cereal... Does anyone know the daily Iron requirement for babies? I totally question this lady b/c she isn't the brightest crayon in the box & has offered stupid/incorrect advice before....
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Oh, and the only thing I know of is a little watered down juice or some baby food prunes might get things moving...

My mom & grandma swear by a dab of some kind of syrup or malassis or something weird if the baby is in pain & can't poop. Luckily we haven't had to go there....
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We were doing solisd but no cereal & the WIC nutrition lady told us to get back on it b/c of the iron... But I'm gonna look & see how much Iron is in the solids we are giving without the cereal & then how much WITH the cereal... Does anyone know the daily Iron requirement for babies? I totally question this lady b/c she isn't the brightest crayon in the box & has offered stupid/incorrect advice before....
Originally Posted by shelli

Formula is already iron-fortified and should be his main source of nutrition for the first year. It's overkill to also give him iron-fortified cereal.
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Apple Juiiiiiiiiiice
That was our life savior. My baby had a painful constipation when she started eating solid and she couldn't poop for about 3 days and it was obvious that she was in pain. Her doctor told us to give her straight apple juice about 2 oz in the morning and 2 others at night and it worked.
In fact even if you're nursing you need to give her 4 oz of extra fluids a day which is usually water with 1/3 apple juice or pear juice. Our doctor asked us to start giving her those extra fluids since she was 4. In fact if we miss one of the 2 oz the consistancy of her poop changes.
Keep giving her water to help with the food.
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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.

M, I agree with Wiley and RCW, it's likely the iron that's stopping her up. I would just skip the cereal and give her other solids if you want to introduce them now (chunks of fruit for her to chew on, etc.). She is still so young. The reason that iron stops up little kids (and adults for that matter) is that the iron in fortified foods and iron drops is not absorbed by the body as well as the iron in breastmilk or even naturally iron rich foods. It's the reason that FF babies tend to have thicker stools from the beginning vs. the seedy loose stool of a BF baby. You're seeing unabsorbed iron affecting the child's intestinal function.
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.

M, I agree with Wiley and RCW, it's likely the iron that's stopping her up. I would just skip the cereal and give her other solids if you want to introduce them now (chunks of fruit for her to chew on, etc.). She is still so young. The reason that iron stops up little kids (and adults for that matter) is that the iron in fortified foods and iron drops is not absorbed by the body as well as the iron in breastmilk or even naturally iron rich foods. It's the reason that FF babies tend to have thicker stools from the beginning vs. the seedy loose stool of a BF baby. You're seeing unabsorbed iron affecting the child's intestinal function.
Originally Posted by marielle448
It's crazy, but I miss those loose seedy stools. Yes, they were hard to clean up and sometimes made a huge mess in her pajamas, but at least I knew it was all mommy milk. There was nothing harming her or giving her discomfort with my milk. Today is day 2 of no oatmeal. I fed her some sweet potato and peas.

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone.
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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Originally Posted by marielle448
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.
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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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Originally Posted by marielle448
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.
Originally Posted by generosityt


This sounds like breastfeeding advice straight out of the 1950's.
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.
Originally Posted by generosityt
I would definitely think about a new doctor since this advice goes against all current research. And kids NEVER really need juice.
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I'm starting to get nervous. She hasn't had a bowel movement in about 3 days. The last time I gave her cereal was on Sunday morning.
You could take her temperature rectally and see if that gets her going. I'm so sorry she's going through this!
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From what I read, as long as the pee's still flowing and the baby seems ok (no temp, acting normal) it's all ok.
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I'm starting to get nervous. She hasn't had a bowel movement in about 3 days. The last time I gave her cereal was on Sunday morning.
Originally Posted by medussa

As long as she's not in any apparant distress, I'd just wait it out. She'll go eventually. Just don't put any special clothes on her til she goes, because when it happens, it's likely to be impressive.

poor kid - hope she goes soon. LOL at RCW's impressive comment, so true.
Has she tried prunes yet? She's old enough, right? A few bites of the gerber prunes would unplug Xander right up when he had problems going. If she is not in distress, try not to let it worry you too much.


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