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My 8 month old baby has difficulty passing stools any ideas what I can try?

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Hi my 8 month old's stools are hard and although he goes a few times a day he struggles with it. he has lots of fruit and veg at meal times and has 20 floz formula per day but refuses any other drinks (water, juice) i have tried every kind if beaker/bottle but no success. any ideas?


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Different brand of milk?

But definitely best on this one to ask health visitor or GP, good luck x

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Clarasihm in reply to minime61

I have spoken to the health visitor and everything they suggested I've already tried but thanks anyway x

I have read that u may need to cut out baby rice and ceral. Try prune juice, or double check with your gp but people are talking about suppositories for babies.

Have you tried warm boiled water with a spot of pure orange juice in it?? It worked wonders on my little boy, it was my mums idea but it worked. I dont know if it is recommended by GP but it worked for mine. Not loads just a few ounces or has much as he will drink.

I have tried this but he won't drink anything but his milk :(

I always used prune juice when my daughter had problems. I would buy a carton of it and pour it into ice cube trays to freeze it because you will just end up wasting most of the carton otherwise. When i needed it i would just defrost an ice cube or two and give it to her in a syringe like giving calpol etc. I would also peddle her legs whilst she was straining to poo. I would lie her down and open her nappy so i could see what was happening and then if she was straining i would gently bicycle her legs. It seemed to work for us.

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Clarasihm in reply to Monkeyfish

That sounds a good idea will give it a try thanks x

When my daughter was 8 months my go prescribed her with a baby laxative called lactalose as she was having trouble going I wasn't really happy giving her it but the go said it was fine it worked wonders she is 3 now and has no problem

Should say GP not go

When mine have been constipated I've always mixed dried fruits like prunes, apricots and dates together to make a purée (which you can the freeze) and then mixed it in with their morning porridge it works a treat. You could also try kiwi and I've heard increasing the amount of oily fish in there diet like salmon can help to x

Thanks for all responses will give them a try x

My little boy is the same, but I found out he doesn’t mind the prune pot in the baby section, he has started go, I give him it twice a week

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