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Old 06-30-2016, 07:12 AM   #11
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Re: Poo frequency when starting solids?

My second was EBF until 6 months when we started baby led weaning. With the introduction of food he went from classic EBF poo to a thicker poo every other day or so, but it didnt bother him much.

It wasn't until heweaned at 1 yr that we started having problems. The every other day poo was now hard and was causing small tear in his little bum hole. After discussing with the pedi I was able to manage this to some extent with food because he was still in the "eat everything" baby stage. The following foods helped a LOT for my kid

-prunes (once they have enough teeth)

The real trouble started around 18 months when he learned that he didn't HAVE to eat what I set in front of him. So even though he liked prunes and peas he would decide he didn't feel like eating them today, then he wouldn't poo and he would have a really hard one the next day which would result in pain and crying.

At the advice of our pedi we ended up supplementing with Lactulose (which is an indigestible 'sugar' syrup that is available as a food product overseas but the US requires a prescription for it) This product pulls water into the bowls and will not cause a reliance on it like other "stool softeners". Using this we are able to "manage" the pooing issue but it is still something I stress about daily.

My son just turned 2 and we are looking to potty train in the next 6 months which is why we want to make sure pooing doesn't hurt or have negative emotions attached to it. Once we get past that phase and he gets older I want to control the symptoms with food only as I hope I will be able to rationalize with him about how the "good food" will help his poo be softer.

Hope my experience helps you some.


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