M.W. asks from Elkridge, MD on August 28, 2010
Constipation? - Elkridge,MD
I thought my 7 mo old was teething... she had been waking up at night several times lately after being able to sleep from 8:30pm to 7:30am .,,,and she still may very well be teething. However, she had been constipated 2 days ago and I had to give her an enema. Now, one night she can sleep through the night, and the next, she might wake up 3 times during the night crying HARD and won't get back to sleep easily-- before when/if she woke up during the night she would soothe herself back to sleep or go right back to sleep if I just picked her up and rocked her for about 2 minutes. Could it be constipation? or is it teething?
What solid foods do I avoid altogether if it is constipation, and is there anything else i can do?
She's had a few BM's since the enema, but I didn't know if the enema itself would cure constipation? or just clear her current situation?
B.C. answers from Dallas on August 28, 2010
When is the last time she had a bm? It's more likely teething. Give her some motrin before bed and some hyland's teething tablets and during the day she can chew on a cold washrag. If she's constipated, I would give her some apple juice or pear juice and see if that helps. I'd rub her tummy and avoid bananas. Since she's only 7 months, she can't go without her milk, so don't take that away. It's normal at her age to go days without a bm, so like I said, it is most likely teething.
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A.C. answers from Washington DC on August 29, 2010
My daughter, now 8-months-old, did the same thing at 7 months. I have a friend whose aunt is an infant specialist and she told me that it is perfectly normal for babies to go through a period of waking up at 7 months when they have been sleeping through the night. I guess it's called a touch point and has more to do with their development and reaching certain milestones as now is when they really start to gain a certain amount of independence. I didn't realize this and was feeding her those three times and then had to do sleep training to break the habit that I had helped her form.
As far as constipation goes, I had the same exact problem with my little girl. I didn't have to give her an enema, but instead started feeding her prunes, peaches, pears, oatmeal and lots of green vegetables. I eliminated (per the Dr.) rice, apples, carrots and bananas as those are constipating. Within two days of eliminating these from her diet, my little angel was feeling MUCH better and now poops anywhere from 2-4 times daily. Hope this is helpful.
S.H. answers from Richmond on August 30, 2010
If your little one likes juice, try some prune juice. This is the ONLY thing that seemed to help my son. If she makes a yuck face and won't drink it alone, try 1/4 prune juice, 1/4 water and 1/2 apple juice (rough measurements). It's more apple juice than I usually give but worth it when they are miserable from being constipated!
C.D. answers from St. Louis on August 28, 2010
instead of avoiding foods you might want to try the baby food prunes or even apple sauce. My Sister in law uses the stage 2 prunes and it worked well for her son at about the same age. If the bm is small round balls then she is constipated. Just because a baby doesn't have a bm in 2-3 days doesn't mean they are constipated. If it is teething you can look at the gums or feel them to check if the tooth is close to breaking the gum. I found that teething is a lot like when your baby is sick, you do what you have to do to get through it. Don't worry that bad habits are forming just get through it and then get back to normal. I used tylanol before bed when my daughter was teething and again in the middle of the night if she woke up and needed it. Some people use motrin so you might want to try each of them on diffferent days to see if 1 works better then the other.
L.M. answers from Washington DC on August 30, 2010
If constipation you want to cut back on rice, meat and dairy. Increase prunes, raisins, figs, and especially add soaked goji berries. These are superfoods that will also help with constipation. You didn't mention if you are nursing and if she is getting dairy. The dairy will make her constipated.