Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Yup, that's right!...


...I'm never posting again! Mwah ha ha ha ha!

Yeah, I know... I suck. What can I say, I have this ikky chest cold thingy that might be allergies or it might not... whatta pain. Plus I've taken a few emotional roundhouses lately

Those wee posts are still be-bopping around the cranium, only now I have switched them to oatmeal and pear juice in an attempt to loosen them up a little. As a matter of fact, I have a favor to ask all y'all... see, I've never really had a constipated baby. This Pearl? I have had to resort to glycerin suppositories several times, but I'd rather get thing going and keep them regular by dietary means. I had a memory of a girlfriend who fed her 6 mo his rice cereal made with straight apple juice. Tried it, not drastic enough. The doc recommended the pear juice and oatmeal, and maybe things are a liiiiittle easier on the girl. She still cries though.

I am concerned about going overboard and cleaning her clock with too much, but do y'all have any tips about any non-draino methods of helping out the child's plumbing? Here are the parameters of your mission should you chose to "help a mutha out."

7 months old
no teeth
will eat darn near anything I can smoosh up

GO!

11 comments:

Valarie said...

Will she eat pureed prunes? We've had a backed up baby at our house too. He was a picky enough eater that we had to resort to a prescription stool softener (miralax).

bon said...

can ya BUY pureed prunes? hmm... maybe I COULD just stew up some prunes and run 'em throught the mixer.

Fantastagirl said...

Sorry to say Tink and Pan didn't get this bad. So thinking like my great grandma add a little corn syrup to the mix - but maybe that will just make her climb the walls due to a sugar high?

Nikkie said...

On my little guy a bottle of warm borwn sugar water worked like a charm when he was 2-5 months old. Since then he hasn't had a problem. The public health nurse recommended that one to me, she also said to try heating up a towel in the dryer and placing it on the belly. She says the warm is supposed to stimulate action. That really doesn't help if whats coming out is hard as rocks.

My niece on the other hand has constipation problems big time. My sister inlaw swears by purne juice mixed with apple juice.

I hoped some of that helped!

Amber said...

My Megan is having the same issues. But she's three. We've been adding wheat germ to her cereal and limiting her dairy intake. Also I've been having her drink apricot necter (the Kerns brand). Seems to be working.

Becky..Absent Minded Housewife said...

The brown sugar idea...what I was going to say. Anything super sugary usually loosens up a baby.

Didn't you say you were weaning? Did you switch to formula? That probably is stopping her up nicely. If you are using formula you might want to mix it a little less strong, or change brands.

bon said...

Yeah... the problem started before the formula, but I can't imagine the weaning has helped matters. How much brown sugar per onces of water.

Nikkie said...

I'm not sure how much I used, I think half a tablespoon to 4 ounces of water. I didn't want to make it too sugary(is that a word?!) but I don't remember for sure! I know that didn't help!

Mama D said...

We are soul sisters. Little A has been pushing out big ol' grown up poos. Poor thing. I totally avoid rice cereal now, it bungs. She eats oatmeal and barley. Heinz makes stewed prunes. She likes those. The apple and prune juice is a good idea. A won't drink anything but mama's milk... I've heard of the brown sugar thingy. I think my friend did like two tbsps of water to one of sugar! It's still natural and mmmm good. I have also used the glycerin suppositories, stood there holding it in while she cried and strained. But it eventually did the trick and she was much happier afterwards. Good luck!! (Yay for me getting to help you with something!)

Diana - Teacher Mom said...

Maddie went through the same thing and she was in tears, it was so painful. A friend of mine took a baby massage course and showed me a sequence of massages that is supposed to help encourage bowel movement. You use two fingers and start from the baby's right side of the belly and massage towards the baby's left (your right). Then you massage from the same starting point, only when you reach the other side you make a short stroke downwards, kind of like an upside down inverted L. Then you start again on the baby's lower right side making an upside U motion towards the baby's left. It's easier to show how to do it than write about it...

It was kind of hard to keep her steady enough to massage her like that so instead I resorted to massaging her lower belly by moving her legs in a bicycle movement. That is much easier to explain. Hope it helps.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

What Diana said -- and prune juice. You really can't go wrong with prune juice - you may regret asking after the prune juice...

be well!