Both my kids were exclusively bfed until one year.
My daughter started getting constipated (mildly) after starting solids, but nothing big until 2.5yrs--my mom had me convinced that she needed extra dairy if I wasn't nursing her as much ...so she would add nonfat milk powder into her oatmeal. (we were staying with my folks while my dh was deployed)
Around this time she started having a hard time pooping...in fact, she got a hernia and ended up with surgery. I had been trying glycerin suppositories and enemas--not knowing she had anal fissures which makes the suppositories and enemas extremely painful...it was HORRIBLE. (for her more than me, but for me as a mama watching my baby give BIRTH to these poops...awful!)
So...after the hernia surgery, we were on Miralax...around age 4 she was weaned off...and now at almost 8 only occasionally has constipation...I will say that sometimes when she poops it is truly amazing...GIANT poop...more than I think my body can handle...my husband is even impressed.
My son...poor little guy...has this constipation thing even worse...but we got him on Miralax earlier--BEFORE a hernia.
He was around 6mo old when he stopped pooping. Before that time he was a normal breastfed-poop baby. I think it has something to do with his digestive system changing around 6 mo...but I didnt' give any solids, so it was weird. Just bm...and he would go 2 wks or so without pooping--didn't bother me...he was a breastfed baby!
But then 2wks turned into 3, and then into 4...we tried massage, chiropractor, reg ped, specialists...nothing worked. ONce he turned 1 I did give solids....even tho I was worried it would get worse. It was at this time that we did start Miralax. We've weaned him down a couple times with some success...but I can't let him go longer than 3 days of no pooping before I feel I need to give him Miralax. I just can't let him go thru that constipation.
Specialist checked for thyroid and did discuss HSprungs--but felt strongly that he didn't have it since he HAD pooped without a problem for the first 6mo of life. Course then I found out about short segment HSprungs or ultra-short segment HSprungs...and it sounded like it fit my child even more. BUT, I haven't been back to see the Specialist yet about it. Honestly, I'm kinda hoping he outgrows it like his sister did...but...not sure yet if that will happen.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1345392/http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1544747/
Just today I gave him a full dose of Miralax (his third day in a row of full on Miralax and no poop). Tonight he pooped...it was about 6 inches long and hard and he was definitely acting like he was giving birth. His legs shook...he was scared and told me it was hurting etc. When I took off his diaper he was able to push it the rest of the way out--but it had been stuck 1/2 way because his diaper was impeding it's path. There was a drop of blood--but not much in comparison to my daughter--so I don't think there are any big fissures/tears. He pooped a 2nd time--mud like...so I am feeling like most of it is out.
The oddest thing is that when he DOES poop, it is usually not much. Brings me back to the times he would not go for WEEKS...then when he did go it still wasn't like a blow out. Odd.
Ok...so I know I should take him back to the Specialist...but honestly, I didn't think she did any good really...and I have a severe distrust of Drs in the first place...
Anyone know of a good specialist in Ohio?!?
Sorry if this sounds scattered...I'm only 1/2 awake...