Posted in Child's Health, Starting Solids, Babies

How do I help a constipated baby?

My about-to-turn 1 year old is having a lot of trouble pooping. Her poops are big and hard and she is screaming in pain while pooping. I've been trying to feed her extra water and high fiber foods like pears, blueberries, and whole grains but she will not eat prunes or prune juice for the life of me. Any other ideas? It's been a week of her suffering when pooping and the doctor says if it stays this bad we'll have to move forward with a suppository!

  • PK
    May 16

    I’ve never done this but my brother said that it’s been done to him... and he even recommended it to a friend who had to do it with all of her 3 kids and it worked. Stick a cotton swab stick covered in petroleum jelly into their anus. Never actually looked it up to see if this really was a thing until now... and here it is mentioned on this site! https://www.happiestbaby.com/blogs/baby/baby-constipation-how-to-help-a-constipated-baby

  • Tina
    May 16

    Try papaya too. And I had some luck adding some prune purée to my baby’s milk to get him to ingest some

  • Anonymous
    May 17

    We did prune puree in things she likes, like mixed with yogurt and oatmeal. Try having her drink pear juice?

  • Ashley
    May 17

    Pear juice. Fruits that help- mango, pear and prunes. Avoid bananas! Don’t give her too much fiber. It can make her really uncomfortable. I’ve seen a lot of doctors recommend some miralax or other laxative of sorts for short term- until the problem is gone. Ask your pediatrician first though before trying any meds

  • Jackie
    May 17

    Our pediatrician said anything that starts with “P” is good for helping with constipation. We go through it quiet often unfortunately. Also avoid bananas, rice cereals and rusks. They also told us if nothing else seems to work we are able to give her a suppository. Luckily we haven’t had to do it yet 🤞🏼

  • Cara
    May 17

    My DD has had difficulty stooling since we introduced solids at 6 months, she's now 13 months. My pediatrician recommended more prunes, peaches and pears, less starchy things like squash and sweet potato. The miralax is to help bring water into the GI tract and soften the stool. You mix 1/2 tap into 8oz and give everyday for 3-4 weeks... You can research it on GI doctor websites, it's a common recommendation for chronic constripation. When babies know it's going to hurt to poop, they hold it, which makes them more constipated. So keeping the stool consistently soft will improve the likelyhood that they'll attempt and succeed. It needs to be miralax specifically because it's the one the brings the water in vs stimulant laxatives that "stimulate" the nerves to force the poop out. My daughter likes pear juice mixed 50/50 with water, helped increase her water intake too. Hope this helps, feel better baby!

  • Anna
    May 17

    Can you mix puréed prunes into oatmeal or something similar?

  • Ashley
    May 17

    My little guy struggled with this when transitioning to eating solid food. The cotton swab trick didn't work for him, though it worked for my sister's baby. My other sister had her pediatrician recommend a small amount of miralax for her baby. With my little I fed him prune baby food, gave him water for him to sip on as much as he'd take it, and occasionally had to give him a suppository (which we both hated but it worked)- had to take one of the normal ones and cut it up into fourths and just use one of those little slivers.

  • Suzy
    May 18

    Straight apple juice. Ideally it’s diluted at this age, but will clear your baby out if served straight.

  • Julie
    May 18

    Dried apricots and watermelon!!! Also, try a good probiotic to help with regularity, especially if you’re transitioning to whole milk.

  • Jennifer
    May 18

    Apples worked well for my son. We also keep him on probiotics all the time which help his poopy diapers a ton

  • Alex
    May 18
  • CheerioMama
    May 23

    My doc said it’s ok to give them a little bit of watered down grape juice in a bottle or sippy. It saved my baby. Make sure it’s real juice and not grape juice cocktail, which is FULL of sugar. White grape juice isn’t hard on their tummies.

  • Sarah
    May 24

    Banana! Prunes! Lots of water! Cabbage! Gassy foods will help push it out eventually!

  • Bethany
    May 29

    Prunes, pedialite, suppository and a warm bath