Need some perspective/encouragement

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Registered: 10-29-2009
Need some perspective/encouragement
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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 12:01pm

My DD is 9.5 months old and we are really struggling with constipation. Seems like she has been constipated since we started solids at 6 months (except for when she had a GI virus for a couple of weeks in April). She eats two 2 oz meals per day--usually prunes and yogurt mid-day, and a cube each of fruit and veggie for dinner. Could yogurt be part of the problem, even though she only gets 1 oz/day? The only fruits she gets are prunes/pears/apricots/peaches and veggies green beans/peas/squash. I'm not looking to advance solids too quickly but on the other hand I feel like I can't introduce any new foods that don't stop her up. I'm having visions of her being in kindergarten and only being able to tolerate prunes. =P She still nurses 8+ times a day, and will only take a few sips of water (probably total 1 oz/day) from a sippy.

Will this improve once she starts crawling/cruising? Or is it an issue of digestive maturity in general? Any thoughts/suggestions?

TIA

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Registered: 08-27-2006
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 1:25pm
Could it possibly be a dairy intolerance?
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Registered: 09-10-2009
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 1:42pm

That's my thought too. Everything you're doing sounds just perfect. The only thing I can think of is not reacting well to dairy. I might eliminate the yogurt for a week or so and see if that makes a difference. Good luck!


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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 1:57pm

I guess my question is what are you calling constipation? The frequency or the firmness? Constipation would be hard dry pellets of poop, it does not refer to frequency. Once solids are added the poop does get more solid but even a playdough like consistency is okay. From Dr. Gordon: "If your baby is healthy, developing well, nursing well and the consistency of the bowel movement when it does make its appearance is soft or loose, then do not be concerned. It is not constipation if it arrives in soft form. Constipation would arrive in pellets and hard formed pieces." http://drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/general/poop.html

At this age the Maximum amount of solids for a BF baby should be twice a day, but some babies are not ready for that much yet. You can try adding some ground flax seeds to what baby is eating - that is a great natural laxative and also a good source of omegas. The ground seeds can be added to yogurt, fruit etc. Dr Sears has more on constipation treatments, including flax here: http://askdrsears.com/html/8/t081100.asp



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Registered: 10-29-2009
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 6:58pm
Thanks for all the replies. She has the small, pellet-like pieces more than she has larger, soft-consistency stools, so I think it is constipation. I had been doing some reading on flax--I may give that a try if cutting out the yogurt does not help. Do you know how much flax seed meal to give an infant? Dr Sears says 1 Tbsp/day for toddlers but does not mention babes under 12 months.
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Registered: 04-21-2004
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 10:33pm
My son is 8 months and we have been struggling with the same thing. I have to offer him a little bit of water with every meal (he also gets two 2oz meals and have not introduced dairy yet), and usually when he drinks some he has soft stool. When it DOES come out in hard pieces, I give him some diluted juice (25% juice 75% water), 1-2oz/day, until he poops again. Then it's back to having just sips of water with his meals. Unfortunately it seems the prunes/peaches/pears don't work anymore, and I think my son just NEEDS the extra fluids.
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 06-10-2010 - 1:55am

Thanks for clarifying on the type of stools - that helps.

I would start with 1 tsp of ground flax. This can be increased if needed. Even if it does help, flax is a good addition to the diet for the entire family. We add it to salads, cereal, yogurt, applesauce, homemade bread etc. I do find that starting slow and increasing (as with any fiber) will help avoid excess gas.

I am curious to know if eliminating the yogurt makes a difference. Because of the way yogurt is made it effects the body differently than other dairy products. For example, my 4 year old is diabetic and while a sugar free yogurt does have carbs in it, those carbs increase the blood sugar less than milk with equal amount of carbs. I also have friends who have lactose issues with milk, but no problem with yogurt. I do not know of any research on this, but I find things like that interesting.



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Registered: 10-29-2009
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 10:54am
Well a full week later it seems like eliminating the yogurt has made a noticeable difference! I think it is probably that, and that she is just not ready for large amounts of solids. Thanks to all for your help and encouragement!
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Registered: 09-10-2009
Fri, 06-18-2010 - 12:27pm

Well, I'm glad it was just that and something easy to fix. What a relief!


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Fri, 06-18-2010 - 1:42pm
I'm so glad you found a solution!
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