For the past several weeks Joey has been having really hard- almost like play doh- poopies when she goes. I consulted the ped nurse a couple of weeks ago and she suggested trying dark karo syrup and if
that didn't work trying infant's glycerin suppositories. Well, as far as we could tell, neither really did much good. As for the karo I might not have been giving her enough of it because I wasn't giving it in every single bottle, but I wasn't really thrilled with the idea of giving it to her at all because isn't it just like sugar?
Anyhow, my mum found a solution idea in a natural remedies book she has, and we've been trying it (oatmeal water). We're
still trying the oatmeal water and I'm going to try to get some prunes into Joey today to help relieve her hard poopies. However, when I was researching baby/toddler constipation online this morning, one of the things mentioned as being a possible cause is the child being allergic to cow's milk. Now the nurse at the peds office didn't mention this when I spoke with her a couple of weeks ago, but she did say it was normal for a baby to go through a constipation like phase when being weaned from breastmilk to cow's milk. When we started weaning Joey she was still getting more ebm than cow's milk and seemed just fine. However, the more we weaned and the less ebm but more cow's milk she received the more her poopies changed for the worse. Do you suppose this is just a side effect of transitioning from ebm to vit d as suggested by the ped nurse? If
so, do you have any ideas as to how long her system will take to adjust?!
I can't really see her constipation being allergy related because I would think that would be somewhat hereditary, wouldn't you? And no one, to my knowledge, is or has been allergic to cow's milk on either side of our families (dh
's or mine). Plus other cow's milk derivatives, like cheese or ice cream, never bothered Joey.
Anyhow, we go for Jo's 12mo check-up on Friday, so if
nothing else we can consult with the ped again at that time. I really hope this isn't an allergic response to the milk, and I really hope and pray she gets back to having normal soft poopies asap.