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What should i use to soften poop so it comes out better?

my girl is 4 months old, i slowly switched from breast milk to formula and she has now been on straight formula for three days, today she's having trouble came out like our poop looks like not soft and mushy like it should. What can i do to help her and get it soft again?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:54 PM on Aug. 16, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • that's what happens usually when you switch to formula. If she's pooping it's ok if it's little hard turds, you worry when she stops pooping. She'll also poop a lot less frequently. At 4 months old there is nothing you can do, do NOT water down the formula, you can give her a 4 oz bottle with two oz of water and two oz of juice (100% no sugar added) and that might help but don't give her too much. If you get concerned you can call her pediatritian for ideas, but it's pretty normal for her to have hard turds. ;)

    Answer by Cassarah at 12:57 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • if u use powder that will causer it.should use ready to use or concintrate (sp?). my doc said use cero syrup 2 tsp in her bottle

    Answer by randilinn at 1:00 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • try some mylicon drops in the formula. if the hard poop persists, don't let it get worse it can cause bigger problems. i had to use suppositories on my daughter when she was really young. talk to your pediatrician for advice.

    Answer by xtwilightx at 1:02 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • you could try a formula that is not iron fortified.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 1:10 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • Diet changes = stool changes. As long as it's not dry, hard or pellet like, I'd probably just leave it be. Mylicon is for gas, it's not going to soften stool. Suppositories are for true constipation. Karo syrup carries a slight risk of botulism spores, like honey, and their website specifies not to use it for infants.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:11 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • when my dd was little we used the Little Remedies, Little Tummys Laxative droppers, it says 2 and up but our dr gave us the ok. we only used 1/2 the dropper a day.
    it is:
    Natural Vegetable Senna Formula
    Free of Alcohol, Saccharin & Dyes
    Natural Chocolate Flavor

    really helped, you can look it up at

    Answer by nickellmomof2 at 1:33 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

  • ive been told and use prune juice only a little....or kero white syrup never used the syrup but ive heard others...i like prune juice to use

    Answer by photogrypher at 9:33 PM on Aug. 16, 2010

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