Originally Posted by jrose_lee
He hasn't had very regular poos for about 2 months now. He has these very small (tiny) poos many many times a day. It seems he's always pushing unless we are outside or busy.
This was the case with my daughter after we started solids. I was so used to the very infrequent poops while exclusively breastfeeding that I didn't really worry when she would go for days without pooping. And then she started the tiny poos multiple times a day. I just knew that the poop would "change" once they started solids, and figured she was okay and it was just a change to more formed poop. Small little dribs and drabs of more solid poop. I wish I had been more on top of the issue.
It was sort of "normal" poop (not hard or dry) when it did come. I just didn't get that I needed to be more proactive. I did figure out that something was wrong (and that she was distressed) and I took her to our doctor when she was ten months old. At the exam, the doctor saw the anal fissure and showed us. I felt so bad! By that time, there was the issue of retaining for fear of pain, and the cycle was pretty bad. We did use pediatric suppositories for awhile to try to make sure she could have pain-free movements for long enough for her body to "forget" to be afraid.
We've had recurring problems off and on. (She'll be three in a few weeks.) She never seems actual constipated, but she will go a day or two without a movement, even though she does consume quite a bit of fiber and is eating a lot, in general. I try to encourage more fluids (she also still nurses, but not so much during the day anymore) and it seems like avocado helps.
She can eat prunes and I don't notice much difference. Pears might help; I'd have to really take notes to remember for sure. During the summer, lots of blueberries and peaches had her very soft and quick. And it seems to me that avocado (she tends to eat a fairly big portion) helps some, too.
She tends to have very large movements, not too firm or hard, but large (in amount, but really I mean in "girth.") It makes me wonder if her bowels are enlarged even now, as a result of her early problems. Maybe that's why they don't move so often? I don't know...but I wonder.
Just wanted to encourage you not to ignore it (which you're not, I know.)