Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:15 pm
Post subject: Constipated baby
I'm hoping someone can offer advice.... My lo who is 16 months has been suffering terrible constipation. She will push and push for hours on end and then produces rock hard poop the size of golf balls. Every so often she has an explosive nappy. She seems to be suffering a lot more with this since being put on cows milk a couple of months ago. Is there anything I can do to improve things for her?!? I resorted to giving her some lactose today, but don't really want to have to rely on that if I can get away with it.
Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:52 pm
My little boy suffered the same with constipation and we were advised by the doctor to give him some diluted apple juice twice a day. It took a few days, but he now goes at least once every two days and is much better than before. He also eats loads of fruit, so I expect that helps.
It's awful watching them struggle so I know how you must be feeling. Try the apple juice and lots of fruit/veg. Hopefully you'll get the same results as us.
Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:50 pm
Thanks for replying. I will try the apple juice (although when I have been googling it says apples can cause constipation,or is that just in the raw form?!?). I am forever shoving a beaker at her, offering her fluids, so I will make sure nursery do the same. It seems to have got worse over the last few weeks, which coincidentally is when her mid morning bottle was dropped (she now just has one in the morning and one before bed), so I will check again with nursery what she is drinking throughout the day.
Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:49 pm
It depended on how big the beaker was. I would treat it like a glass of squash and put in about an inch, then fill with water. He seemed to drink this more than just water.
TMI alert...If he really struggled I would help him go by gently pulling his anus apart. This always made a bit more room and once he got the first bit out, he would be able to manage the rest much better. Not the nicest thing to do, but it did help him a lot.
I hope your LO gets better hun, as it really is upsetting when you feel helpless.
Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:00 pm
Hi hun, my LO started this when she was about 20 months old. She was in a right state and the longer she held in for the harder it was for her to get anything out and it was stale and acidic when it did finally come out so it was 'burning' her bum just turning it into a big viscious circle!
I took her the doctors as I was worried she's cause herself problems but the doctor said it was 'idiopathic constipation' which is apparantly one of the biggest things doctors see baby's and toddlers over. Its called idiopathic because they control it themselves (my LO would visibly fight with arched back and knees clamped together to stop herself from going to the toilet).
Anyway he gave me Movecol and after a few days they can't control it if you know what I mean and she had a good ol' clear out. They usually grow out of it by the time they're about 3 but it wont do any harm and if the fruit juices and fluids don't help (they didn't help mine, she's constantly drinking) then get some Movecol off your doctor.