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My 4.5 month old DD has been grunting, getting red in the face, crying out and looking like she needs to poop. She seems like she could be in pain, but she also smiles in the middle of all this. She has been pooping pretty normally, maybe a little "thicker," but not terribly thick or hard. Should I be concerned? If I should, do I give her prune juice? water? let it be? Thanks moms!
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When's the last time she had a bm?

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I wouldn't use juice or water, especially if your child hasn't had any juice yet. Make sure to feed (breast or bottle-whichever you use) often so that your DD is getting a lot of fluids. Are you giving her solids? If you are you may want to cut back on those for now to see if she's having a problem with them. Some solids are notorious for causing constipation-like bananas. My DS always likes to do bicycle legs (alternating knees up to his chest) to help with pooping if he was a little constipated.

Or, she may just be a little extra gassy. If you breastfeed, have you been eating anything different?
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Let her be. Increase your water. Encourage lots of nursing. Do NOT give prune juice or anything else.

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Let it be. As long as the poops are wet and soft, it doesn't qualify technically as constipation, and she is probably fine.

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ds started doing that around 4/5mths, he had just figured out that something was going on, the grunting etc is all just them being "dramatic" in a way, they can feel something going on in their bodys. As long as its still wet and soft, they are fine.
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I'll second (third?) what everyone else says- if the poop is normal and there doesn't appear to be any pain, she's likely just learned a new noise.
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Ivan is a very interactive pooper. He's very involved in the process. The rest of my boys, not so much.

My vote is for normal, it's fine, she's okay.
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