Hey Shanen, I've just posted a similar problem under "formula issues" in feeding... Sorry mate, I'm not much help, but I relate to what you're going through, though that's not much consolation. Keep hanging in there. smile
This is an article a friend sent me... some of it obviously doesn't apply to us, but worth a read anyway. Sounds like you're already on the right track.
Constipation in babies
Breastfed babies are hardly ever constipated, although they may not have a bowel motion for several days or up to a week. Even then, their poo will usually be soft. Many babies strain and go red in the face when doing a normal poo. This is not a sign of constipation unless the poo is hard and causes pain and discomfort. True constipation in babies is rare and should always be checked by a doctor. Causes of constipation in babies include:
* Formula too strong - if your baby is bottle-fed, make sure the formula is made up correctly, so that there is not too much formula powder for the amount of water.
* Different formula - changes to the milk formula (especially swapping to 'follow-on' formula or cow's milk).
* Not enough drinks - in warm weather, bottle-fed infants require extra fluid such as cooled, boiled water between formula feeds. Breastfed infants may require more frequent feeds.
* Solids not right for baby - use the correct solid foods for the age of your baby. Be aware that excessive use of legumes (peas, lentils etc) and high fibre cereals are not appropriate for young infants.
* Difficulty passing poo - sometimes a hard poo can cause a little tear or crack in the skin around the anus and this can hurt the baby. The baby seems to know that it hurts to do poo and so 'holds on'. Then the poo becomes even harder and will be more painful to pass.
Treating constipation in babies
Increasing fibre from wholegrain cereals and consuming large quantities of fruit, vegetables and water may not be suitable for an infant with constipation. Follow usual advice from your child health nurse or doctor regarding introduction of solids for infants less than one year. Suggestions to treat constipation in babies include:
* If your baby is bottle-fed, check the formula tin to make sure the formula is being made correctly. Always measure the water first and then add formula powder.
* Offer extra drinks of water.
* Gentle tummy massage can help.
* A warm bath may help the baby's muscles to relax (be prepared for them to poo in the bath).
* Give only those medicines prescribed by your doctor.
Things you should NOT do when a baby is constipated
There are some things you should not do to treat constipation in babies:
* Don't give prune juice - it contains a natural bowel irritant and is not suitable for infants under nine months of age, even when diluted.
* Don't add any form of sugar, malt extract or rice cereal to formula - it will not help the constipation.
* Don't introduce solids before four to six months of age - it's not recommended as a way to treat constipation.
mady, single mum2muffin, 16/08/05 Syd,Ryde,NSW