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Solid food = Constipation ?!?

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    Solid food = Constipation ?!?

    My son is 6.5 months old and I have started him on solid food when he was 5.5 months old. At the very beginning (before he turned 6 months), I fed him mainly on organic rice porridge mixed with formula once a day and a small portion of apple puree and I didn't notice any problem with his poo-poo, which was still more or than like a thick porridge (sorry for my explicit description!)

    Since he's turned 6 months, I mixed some mashed carrot / pea / acavado / banana / pear into his rice porridge, which I fed him every lunch. And I continue to give him fruit purees in the late afternoon. He is still fed 3 times formula a day. However, since last week his poo-poo became very hard and I can see he is having difficulty to pass them out. He passed a tiny bit each time and he made 2-3 times a day. He drinks awful lot of water every day (he likes water more than milk!) so it shouldn't be an issue of lack of water.

    I try to think it is normal as he is now fed more on solid food so it is natural for him to have solid waste?!? But I can't stop worrying if he is having constipation problem? Can anyone let me know if your baby has gone through similar stage and it is normal or not? THANKS!

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    my mum suggested the BEST thing... when you mix up the food, add a very little bit of prune juice to it!

    that should help the problem, but you are right. the more solid the food, the more solid the waste (usually).

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    Prune juice! Never thought of it.. Thanks Cara, I will try.

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    are you mixing a combination for veggies or just a couple at a time? try upping the amount of pear or perhaps introducing broccoli (my daughter really likes it and it helps with the poo-poo)

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    My friend told me that bananas gave her baby constipation problems so she had to stop giving it for a while.

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    I second the prunes. Gerber Organics makes prune puree. It works.
    Also whole grain cereals, like oats, mixed grain, brown rice gets the little bowels working to push it all out.

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    Where can I buy the Gerber Organics prunes?

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    Also look at the Iron levels he/she may be taking in collectively from both the formula and rice cereal. Even though at 6 months the need for Iron increases with children, he/she may be getting too much?
    This is often the cause of constipation (as is banana's). Keep with fruits and vegetales that have a high soluble fibre content (wet fibre, so more moist fruits and veg's).
    Hope you see some improvement.
    Cheers

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