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My ds just turned 5 mos, has been on solids for a couple weeks, completely by HIS initiative...I wanted to ebf for many more months, but he made his wishes clear. He has loved everything I've given him, all whole foods like banana, potatoes, sweet potatoes, mushed rice, pureed oatmeal. But his little plumbing system is sluggish with food, so I'm not sure what to do. I give him solids once a day, a couple tablespoons. He would like a larger quantity and to have it more often, but his body just doesn't seem ready. I do give him water with his food and he bfeeds all the time but is still a little plugged. Any ideas. I really don't think that d/c the solids is a good option, he would be so upset.
 

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bananas and rice can be quite constipating. Lay off those foods for now.<br>
Try peaches, peas, pears, apricots, grapes, and grits instead. Anything green would be ok. My oldest had that problem, still does. The food I mentioned above always worked to get things moving <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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My dd had that problem at six months when we introduced solids and we started and stopped for a few months until she seemed to adjust better. I found that some prunes or apricots worked wonders and also some flax seed oil mixed into her veggies.
 

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I had to quit giving rice because it caused horrible constipation issues for dd2 - I won't give it to dd3 at all. Lots of fruits and vegis - prunes work wonders!
 

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I would totally lay off the grains. They are just "stuffers" and don't offer much nutritionally that a little baby needs. I would stick with the fruits and veggies. We have never given ds cereals and the only grain foods he has had have been finger foods when he was ready and interested (some bread/rolls and pasta).
 

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Stay away from rice & bananas for awhile and introduce the fruit "Ps" -- pears, peaches, plums, & prunes, preferably cooked & pureed (I steam mine and then run through the food mill or food processor). All are natural laxatives and are more easily digested when cooked. Some babies (my niece among them) have to have one of the Ps everyday to keep things moving (my niece needed them until she was about 3).<br><br>
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My aunt who has a lot of experience with babies says to take a Q-tip, put some vaseline on it and put it in the rectum about half an inch and move it around. It apparently stimulates a nerve. The baby will cry and then get ready for a volcano. My cousin tried her trick and he said it worked like magic.
 

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What about winter squash? My 9.5 month dd is also plugged and HATES fruit. She likes peas and I have been giivng herf those, but she really like winter squash. Does it bind?<br><br>
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