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EdinburghMummy22 Sat 11-Nov-17 09:09:13

Hi everyone,

My 10 month old is suffering from really bad constipation. He screams when he's trying to do a poo, his face goes bright red and he can be straining for hours off and on and still nothing comes out. My health visitor was reluctant to give him medication straight away, as was I, before trying anything else. She recommended prune juice or freshly squeezed orange juice dilutes with water, basically lots of fluids to flush him out, stay away from things like bread and pasta. I've tried all this and it's not getting any better, he's just done a poo now that he's been trying to do since yesterday. Does anyone have any other ideas what I could try? The health visitor said she was reluctant to give the medication as it can make the bowels lazy.

Dreams16 Sat 11-Nov-17 13:20:23

Not much advice but I’m sure I read online fruits like apples and pears can help more high fibre foods along with plenty of fluids should help hope your little one soon is able to poo normal again without the discomfort bless

EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic Sat 11-Nov-17 14:04:21

Are you using follow-on milk? If so, it might be worth swapping back to 1st stage milk as the added iron in the follow-on can cause constipation.

Have you tried some high water foods too like broccoli, cauliflower, soup, stews, melon or lollies?

A couple of dried figs to chew on and a cup of water to drink might get things going too and the figs are high in calcium.

Other things to avoid are biscuits and sweet potato 🙂

Peachesandcream15 Sat 11-Nov-17 14:23:40

All the P's - prunes, pears, plums, peas.
Orange juice diluted in water worked well for us.
Cycling legs and tummy massage.
Tried eliminating bananas.
After all this we still had some problems, so tried medication. It did work eventually. Though my sister just said it was sugar syrup.
We had problems for awhile but then they just stopped one day and she's been fine ever since.

EveryoneTalkAboutPopMusic Sat 11-Nov-17 14:33:20

Would all the p’s include peaches? 🙂

OctoberMarch Sat 11-Nov-17 15:34:31

This sounds like my DD. We were given lactalose but she hated taking medicine so it didn't really help us. Instead, we gave her daily puréed prunes. This really really helped her.

We didn't need to give her much, roughly about two ice cube worth but it made a massive difference.

You can buy them ready puréed in pouches but we found it was a lot cheaper to buy tinned prunes in juice and purée then ourselves.

Hope your DS feels better soon

elmo1980 Sat 11-Nov-17 21:42:54

You have my sympathies op, I posted a similar uestion on here recently and had lots of useful responses.

The Ella's kitchen prune juice was good as was freshly squeezed orange at breakfast. Offer lots of water throughout the day too. I also did some massage on his tummy.

It worked itself out in the end and I did read somewhere that in addition to diet, at this age it's also about their digestive system getting used to taking solids.

boopdoop Sat 11-Nov-17 22:26:49

Have you tried probiotics? My DS was very similar, it was so awful. We were recommended to use probiotics, I was s bit skeptical, but tried it and it completely transformed it, and 2 years later we've hand no further issues. We used the BioGacia baby drops one, you add a couple of drops to milk a couple of times s day I think. We only had to use one bottle, lasted a few weeks, and that's all if needed. We saw a difference sitting a week or so. He was on lactolose 3 times a day and still struggled before then, since he's never had to use it.

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