“My 7 mo has constipation. She’s breastfed and on solid. She eats lots of vegetables, fish, fruits and a little meat. I’ve given her pear puree and prune puree but they don’t seem to work. I recently had to apply a vaseline covered cotton bud to the inside of her rectum to help with things, and even then she cried and strained a lot. Her stool looks like it has blood and is hard.”
If there is blood in the stool it is possible that the baby has developed a split in the anal ring from the passage of a large hard stool. This is called a ‘fissure’ and it may cause pain on passing further stool. Not surprisingly this will dissuade the baby from pooing even when the desire is there and this worsens the problem.
- Add more fluid to the diet, either milk or water
- Remove those foods that you think may be causing it – for instance rice, potatoes or banana or other low fibre foods
- Try adding prunes, both the fruit and the juice, and other high fibre foods
- My next move would be a medications called lactulose starting at 5ml a day.
If things are not right with the above, then go see your doctor. And avoid suppositories and vaseline buds. If you’re needing them, you do need a medical opinion…