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I read recently that they've changed the definition of constipation - it's not about how often someone goes, it's the consistency of the poo. If the stools are hard and small, then the baby's constipated. If they're reasonably soft, then he's not.
Prune juice helps sort constipation at this age - you can make it yourself by boiling prunes and giving the water they were cooked in to the baby.
Oh sorry, I meant I would say it was normal. I agree with NQC that it is not the frequency with which they go that matters but what actually comes out, and even if that is rock hard little balls, they are not actually constipated, although certainly need more fluid or roughage. Constipation in my health care book is described as passing stools only every 3-4 days and causing pain or discomfort (so even if you see your baby pushing and going red in the face they are not necessarily constipated -if it causes pain, you will know it!) (one of my children was chronically constipated for over a year
As your baby is only 6 months old, he is still getting used to solids. I found the transition did slow them up a bit but they get used to a solid diet after a bit. Hope that is more helpful than my first answer!
They should be soft sasa - though it looks like he's getting more like 17oz formula a day one way or another. I would try offering water at different points during the day as well as perhaps some prune juice to get things going. Is he in any discomfort when he's pooing.
My ds2 has also been a bit constipated recently - hard poos and difficulty in passing them. He is a bit older than your ds (he's 12 mths), so I've just been offering him drinks at every opportunity and he seems ok again at the moment.
Might be worth a try though, just to see if it will help - has he been on solids for long? His body is probably still adjusting to having 'real' food replace some of his milk. I think a little water - even just a few sips every hour or so might just help soften things up and make it easier for him to go.
Hope someone who knows more will see this but it really does sound like things just need to get moving and extra drinks are usually the easiest way (afaik) for that to happen.
DS cried yesterday and today while passing big long stool (similar to mine..)
could be that he had chicken with veg for lunch and tea...?
I had dry apricot and blend it all....also giving him plenty water,pear juice and drinking about 15oz of milk...
this should be right...no?
I'll try to make one meal protein and one vegeteble....
I don't know exactly how much they should be drinking at this age. It seems like ds drank a little more than that though. Maybe ask your HV? He also went through a stage at 6 months - right after solid food introduction of very infrequent poos. At first I thought he was constipated, but he didn't seem to be in distress when he did a poo and they weren't hard and/or dry, very normal looking just not often. At one point he was only doing one about every 5 days. I put him on the "P" diet - peas, pears, peaches and prunes only for several weeks and it worked great.
sasa, I don't think it matters if they eat veg and meat together. Just try giving more fluids and more fibre (and maybe less solids?), and wait it out - lots of babies this age have this problem. They're getting used to solids, but it takes a while for the gut to learn to cope.