My son has started solids approx 6 weeks ago, and has suffered from constipation almost since. When I first realised he was constipated I stopped feeding him and breastfed him exclusively for approx 10 days until he started doing softer poos again. When that happened I slowly started him back on solids, and he has gotten constipated again. He does not seem particularly upset or uncomfortable, however when I first noticed he definitely was unhappy - he was crying and straining to pass a poo, and his little head would break out in sweat.
His poo looks like dark brown little pellets or 'nuggets', and although they are coming almost every day, they are very small, perhaps the size of a dried apricot at the most.
I have tried to feed him a little prune juice, and over the course of the last 5-6 days he has had a few teaspoons every day, however this has done nothing. Last night I decided to mix a small amount of olive oil into his dinner to see if that would do anything but today his movements have been no different - still very small and hard.
He has absolutely no formula, is only eating fruit and vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, potato, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, apple, pear, strawberry), and 2 tablespoons of baby porridge (which is iron fortified) in the mornings. I have already stopped giving him the baby porridge, thinking that could be the problem, but again no change, so he is once again eating it.
Basically I have tried all of the advice given on http://mothering.com/parenting/solids-and-constipation
short of giving an enema. I am not comfortable giving him an enema, would rather try other methods first.
Do you have any advice? I am close to just taking him in to the Dr to see if he could help.