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My son has only pooped ('hard pellets' the size of hershey kisses) 2, maybe 3, in the last twenty-four hours. The day before that it was the same thing. What can I do to relieve his constipation? The only change we made recently was switching from a cheapo brand of formula to an organic (Baby's Own brand) one. And just so it's known, there were lots of troubles with breastfeeding that I am extremely upset about, and although I can't breastfeed myself I am a huge advocate for breastfeeding and extended breastfeeding (until true child led weaning even if it is more than 4+ years). Just always feel the need to put that in there when I mention the formula ordeal as it's not something I'm happy *at all* about having to do. Anyhow, any ideas on what may've caused it, and moreso how to make it better???
 

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Interesting. We are supplementing my 14 month old with Baby's Own and it's caused some pretty significant constipation with her, too. I wonder if it's something about that formula?<br><br>
Unfortunately, we have more tricks at our disposal than you do with such a little one.<br><br>
I hate to even suggest it, especially if baby hasn't had solids, but a spoonful or two of apple juice every day might be enough to loosen things up? It's so sad to see a baby cry when he can't poo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Interesting. We are supplementing my 14 month old with Baby's Own and it's caused some pretty significant constipation with her, too. I wonder if it's something about that formula?<br><br>
Unfortunately, we have more tricks at our disposal than you do with such a little one.<br><br>
I hate to even suggest it, especially if baby hasn't had solids, but a spoonful or two of apple juice every day might be enough to loosen things up? It's so sad to see a baby cry when he can't poo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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I may have to try it, because at this point I have no idea what to do. He's had solids (after he started yanking them from us lol), mostly veggies so introducing something more fruit-ish shouldn't be a problem. I have a juicer so I'll just try to get some apples today, I need some anyways.
 

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But some kids just get constipated. Here are things I have done (but you should check it out with a doctor)...<br><br>
Bicycle his legs while on the changing table<br>
Sit him up, so he is in pooping position<br>
While in a warm bath, rub his tummy in a circlular motion<br>
Prune or pear juice (diluted)<br>
If nothing else works, you can use a gylcerin suppository<br><br>
Good luck. I know how stressful this can be!
 

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I would switch the formula too. There are quite a few organic brands but I know, as a formula mom, that they are all different in how your baby reacts to them. Either that or try prunes...
 

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I think some babies are just more prone to constipation than others. Here are my cures:<br><br>
2 dried prunes, chopped<br>
2 ripe pears, peeled & chopped<br><br>
Cook in a little water until the pears are tender and then puree. Makes about 4 servings, freezes really well.<br><br>
For an older baby:<br>
1 ripe banana<br>
5 canned prunes, pitted<br>
2 tbsp plain yogurt<br>
2 tbsp cream cheese<br><br>
Whizz together in a food processor. Makes 2 or 3 servings, keeps in the fridge for about 3 days.<br><br>
Either one should clear your little guy out pretty quickly. The first time I gave DD the banana one we had a pooping armageddon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">2 dried prunes, chopped<br>
2 ripe pears, peeled & chopped<br><br>
Cook in a little water until the pears are tender and then puree. Makes about 4 servings, freezes really well.<br><br>
Whizz together in a food processor. Makes 2 or 3 servings, keeps in the fridge for about 3 days.</div>
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Thank you SO much!<br>
I'll go get these today and try this before trying juice, only because I really don't want to give him juice - not sure why, I just feel that way for some reason. But this is more like baby food which I can deal with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Anyhow how long did it take after feeding your DD this did she kind of um, "clear herself out"? Thanks so much again!!
 

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I first thought this was a thread for an older child so after having read your post, I'm not sure if my advice applies. However, we EC-ers use the traditional pooping position (hold the baby under the thighs so he's almost squatting) and grunt, indicating it's time to poop.<br><br>
I don't think that will work on its own but it might help your dear boy to get the poops out easier until they soften. Good luck. My DD is just 6 days older than your DS so I feel a connection.<br><br>
(So sorry about the BFing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">)
 

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With the pear & prune, if you give it to him at dinner time there should be some results the next day. It usually takes 2 servings, one dinner, one lunch the next day, to get things back on track!
 

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Prunes work great. My EBF baby started getting horrible constipation starting at 6 months. Be ready for a huge blowout, followed most likely by several more with an hour or so.<br><br>
I don't know much about formula - but trying another one sounds like a good idea. If the prior brand didn't cause constipation it might be worth sticking with it even if nonorganic.
 
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