My 7 month old ds is having a terrible time. The last 3 days whenever he has to poop he starts grunting extremely loudly. His entire face turns red and he stiffens up head to toe. When the poop finally comes out he screames in pain...it's heart breaking to have to change his diaper while he's crying like that instead of holding him (he always has a blow out because he poops best sitting in his bouncer...that's really all we use it for)
He's in obvious pain and I need help figuring it out.
The poop looks normal.
I am dairy free, but recently added soy into my diet...I discovered chocolate soy milk....went a little nuts.
The only solid food he's been eating is peaches.
I don't want to jump to conclusions and blame the soy, but it's looking like the culprit. How long should I give it up to determine if it's the cause? I know dairy takes about a month to get out of our systems.
Also, any other ideas if not the soy? The reaction to dairy never involved his pooping.
i've heard lots of things. the ones that make sense are that they have a hard time figuring out how to relax the anal sphincter while pushing & it's an odd sensation that they sometimes don't like. unfortunatley, there's nothing you can do - they'll figure it out. you can draw from your years of experience and know that it's virtually never painfull (esp if it's soft baby poo) and they WILL figure it out. and please don't give a baby prune juice or corn syrup. this may make YOU feel better because you think you actively DOING something to help, but it's not good for the kiddo. the best thing to do is nurse. breast milk is so awesome - good for everything!
My 11 mo. ds started doing this about 1.5 months ago (without the screaming.) He usually poops in his highchair. He's also bf'd and has nice soft poops. He seems to think it's funny after. I think like the pp said, he's just figuring out how it all works
I'd imagine he could be crying not from the act of pooping, but possibly from cramps before it comes out, because he's not using his muscles effectively. I'd maybe hold him in a potty position, legs up and bent, and just be soothing.
Like the above poster suggested, I'd hold him in the potty position when he's pooping. Upright with his knees bent to his chest. Like imitating a squat position. It makes it easier on the child to poop. You could also "bicycle" his legs, that helps.
Maybe that would help him learn the process a little better.
Lukas is FF and had a lot of problems with constipation until we started solids. I think he was just growing so fast his body was using up everything he was taking in. But if your child has soft poop that's a little different. His were hard balls. I would help him best I could. Either in the exersaucer or just push his legs up by his knees to help him push. It is heart wrenching to watch sometimes.
OH thats got to be taken care of quickly. I would be freaking out. When our 6 month old got constipated I gave her two dropperfulls of prune juice. It always worked like a charm. I think a little extra fluids help. TJ sucked on ice inside her mesh feeder and it gave her a bit of water. That made her poop a little more runny as well.