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Hard stools

My baby just started solids last week. He is 6 months. First cereal and recently sweet potatoes. Today when he pooped his stool was still soft but so much harder then normal that it hurt him when he passes. Please I don't know what to do to make it more comfortable for him to poop.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:31 AM on Sep. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It's probabably the rice cereal that is making him a little constipated....
    Have you next new food be something like oatmeal cereal which you can switch to then instead of rice and it doesn't constipate as much... or something like prunes which will help loosen things up

    Answer by AmiJanell at 10:55 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • when i had my son eat prunes he would have exploding diapers LOL. so what is did was i would add 2 tablespoons of 100%prune juice to his bottle and that would help move things along with out the mess of the diapers :)

    Answer by MarksMommy09 at 10:59 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Well, with diet changes come poop changes. I'd say, at his age, skip the cereal. Its not needed, and it's probably part of the reason stools are hard, because it's loaded with iron. Fruits and veggies. :)

    Answer by Krysta622 at 11:13 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Whatever food you now add will change his stools. They will be harder now that he is eating food. Formula/Breast fed babies have very soft stools. Watch out for stinkier, harder poop now. If you think it is too hard, add applesauce. That should loosen things up. But it is normal for his stools to change now that he is eating food.

    Answer by mompam at 11:26 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • no not applesauce, apple juice.
    applesauce will make it worse.

    Answer by BambiF at 12:28 PM on Sep. 11, 2009

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