Poor Charlie. We’re dealing with some real unpleasantness these last few days.
Charlie is constipated. And it’s becoming chronic.
A few weeks ago I noticed her straining. She hadn’t pooped in 2-3 days but I had been told that that was normal. I knew that straining, especially with no result, was not. So I jumped on it and gave her prunes. She ate the better part of three prunes and had a poopsplosion. problem solved. It happened once or twice more, always easily resolved with some prunes. Even so we decided to really restrict her refined carb intakes. Much to her chagrin, this meant no more gerber puffs and pieces of crusty bread from Panera (excellent teething food).
And yet despite having a diet of almost solely berries, oatmeal, broccoli, black beans and sweet potatoes. Charlie is constipated again. I didn’t freak out. I gave her the prunes.
Okay…juice. We tried juice with a bit of water added. She had a few ounces.
Abominal massage, bicycle legs, lots of crawling, jumping in the jumperoo, more prunes, more juice and water, a warm bath….all nothing.
And then she woke up today and we did it all again and got… nothing.
Well, that’s not true. I got two little poop pellets after watching my baby shriek and scream like someone was torturing her. I called the doctor and they said I was doing all the right things and that if they weren’t working we would have to try a suppository. So that’s what we’re going to do. My husband is bringing one home on his lunch break.
This should fix it in the short term I realize, but what am I going to do in the long term? I asked the nurse at my doctor’s office and she didn’t know of anything I could give her on the regular to help with this. I hate seeing my baby like this. In fact, I have to go because she just started shrieking in pain again.
Any tips are welcome.