Is it actual constipation or is his just pooing less than before? Is he having cramps or seems uncomfortable?
When I cut down on milk and increased the food both my dcs had at about 8 months ish they did stop pooing so much. They didn't seem to have much discomfort though - just stopped doing baby poos and started doing logs instead!
Another vote for Ella’s kitchen prunes. One pouch is usually enough to get things going. I personally wouldn’t stop solids as we had a similar issue and our doc told us it’s very normal and takes a while for them to adjust.
One of my DCs was horribly constipated but once she was mobile, it cleared up. Not sure if you do already, but lots of leg cycling and also swimming can help as it sretches out the body and that helps the bowels.
This is what worked for us: Don't stop solids but do reduce it until the constipation is under control. Limit bread, pasta, bananas, etc Give a lot of fruit and veg beginning with 'p' (e.g. peas, peaches, prunes) Give water before food at mealtimes, and anything you can do to get more into them - e.g. We used to give DD watered down mint tea and let her try different cups.
It doesn't sound like he's too bad yet so a few actions should start things moving again!
Thanks all will def try the ek pouches and keep trying with the others. He has improved slightly but it's still an effort for him and I just can't see how I can get more water in him. Maybe I'll try different style cup.
Hi, one thing that really works for my daughter and she is also 8 months old is freshly squeezed oranges juice (I squeeze it myself). She loves it and it stops constipation. Also I make sure my daughter eats fruit puree (apple and pear) every day.
Sometimes if a baby this age won't take water in a bottle, they will take it in the form of...ice! You can also freeze soup. Sometimes they are fascinated enough by the cold and the "solid" experience that they will hydrate much better with ice than with offered water.
My DC is 5 now and still often does poos like that and his diet is perfectly full of veg etc and he drinks loads of water. It’s actually linked to his hyper mobility so that’s something else to keep an eye open for if nothing else resolves it for you.