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My daughter of nearly 7 months of age has been constipated ever since starting her on solids

My daughter of nearly 7 months of age has been constipated ever since starting her on solids. I`ve tried Glycerol suppositories, which work but it doesn`t fix the long term problem. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks Rachel

Answer: Hi Rachel,
most often constipation will coincide with either a swap to formula or to a new formula, or the commencement of solids. If any of these apply, generally it is an issue water intake. As you mention it coincided with solids, it may well be the issue. So, if you haven`t already, find a lovely stage one sipper cup, fill it with clean cooled water and offer it to baby as often as you can possibly think to.

Babies need more water in order to process the food bi-products. Even if bub takes a while to adjust to the taste, persevere, every little drop may well bring you closer to overcoming the problem. Little ones don`t have great thirst reflexes so you will need to offer her a sip regularly.

Other things to consider include:

  • If baby is formula feed to check that the scoop isnt tightly packed, ensure the dilution is correct and you can also call the manufacturer and ask if you can alter it slightly to help with constipation.
  • Tummy massage may help, but ask a person who is qualified how this works.
  • Formula with probiotics can help soften stools. I believe Nan Gold is a less constipating formula
  • While things like prune juice and so on haven`t great science behind them, some people have found chamomile helpful (ask at a good health food shop about the right dilution).

I hope that helps.

All the best,

Answered: 01 Jun 2009