As soon as I experience something (good or bad) with my daughter my first thought is to write it out on my blog for others to read in hopes it may help.
Introducing baby food ages 4-6 months is great, and while constipation may not happen when you’re first introducing small amounts.. It definitely starts happening when you introduce bigger amounts.
At 7 months, some babies may be eating up to 8 ounces of foods, spread out through the day, which is my LO’s case. That’s almost two entire bags of Peter Rabbit Organic food pouches (in addition to her breast milk.)
My daughter was straining so hard one night, clearly very much in pain, confused and crying all night long. You could tell she was in a lot of pain trying to push anything she could out. Worst feeling for a mama.
I’ve tried giving her organic prune juice (only ingredient on the back is organic prunes) and some organic apple juice (only ingredient on the back is organic apples) but she really doesn’t like drinking either and honestly I’m not trying to get her to start drinking juice at 6/7 months, that wasn’t what I had planned for her… but I’m willing to try anything that helps right?
I called my pediatrician the next day and told him I’ve tried prune and apple juice and she was crying all night from straining. He advised me that in this certain circumstance I should go to any pharmacy and buy Pedia-Lax or the generic Children Glycerin Suppositories, cut one in half and insert it into her rectum with a baby thermometer about half an inch.
Side note: None of these suppository containers say baby or infant on them.
The suppositories are super silky/smooth and soft, also tiny (even before you tear/cut it in half), so I didn’t feel too, too bad giving it to her. She cried just a little bit, because I’m sure it was an unfamiliar and uncomfortable feeling and within 15 minutes she had a dirty diaper! I felt so relieved and she did too.
Then I started thinking how I don’t want her to go through this again. I got a baby medicine dropper and started putting about half an ounce worth of prune juice into her Peter Rabbit Organic food pouches so she doesn’t taste it. I do this once she’s eaten some of the food so there is room, and her bowel movements have, thankfully, been regular for her.
A little bit of prune or apple juice a day should keep your LO’s bowel movements moving right on through.
I also am sticking to buying her food pouches that have no banana in them, more greens such as spinach, peas, kale, broccoli and apples so that she has enough fiber from vegetables.