I know - a gross topic so early in the morning but I was hoping to get some feedback from other moms who are just starting their babies on solids. I noticed my sons stools have been really solid since starting stage 1 food and rice cereal per the direction of our pediatrician. I called once already last week and at that time I had just tried apples for breakfast with my son. The nurse said they usually advise parents to gives babies who have diarreaha (?spelling?) the BRAT diet, bananas, rice, apples, toast...so apples will kind of natually bind things up. She said to stop with the apples for a few days and his poops should return to normal. Well, I haven't given him apples since, but noticed the poops are still somewhat solid. Is this just a natural thing? Or could it be the rice cereal?
with the solids his poop will get more solid and smell way worse.I always heard apples help loosen you up not bind you. As long as he doesn't seem to be constipated then he should be fine. When Kaidyn seems to be getting constipated I usually give him more apples and that helps him.
When do they recommend babies start with solid foods??
How do I know if he is constipated? He does really PUSH HARD when he is trying to poop and sometimes its only a little bit and hard. I thought apples would have loosened things up because when I was little I could have apple juice because I would get diarreah...but apparently that is not the case. Prunes seems to have loosened things up a bit - and he loves them! That and string beans! LOL.
Mine is starting to get solid but not so much. First time the poop (icky lol) looked like paint and stunk like a skunk .. seriously though. I thought "wow, now I won't think of paint the same lol"
Eastons poo has definately changed since he started solids. He gets cereal with 1/2 a container of fruit in the mornings and 1 container of veggies and the other 1/2 a container of fruit left over from the morning.
His poop is more solid, not completely hard. As in (TMI) an actual piece of poop, or a turd as my hubby calls it. But just a thicker consistency. He did get very constipated two days ago and only pooped a tiny hard little ball. I gave him some prune juice mixed with water and that cleared him right up.
It could be the rice cereal maybe. I know when my dog (haha, sorry not meaning to compare your son to my dog, but it seems to be possibly relevant) had severe diarrhea they told me to give her chicken and rice to help bind her up. Well then she didn't poop for several days, but after we took the rice away she went just fine. Maybe you could try taking the rice cereal away for a few days and replace it with something else in the mean time.
Quoting Mama Jo:
My daughter is almost 16 weeks old.... I switched over to formula about 3-4 weeks ago and I have been giving her enfamil AR (added rice) which helps tremendously with the spitting up. When I first changed over it took her about 6 days to poop but it was very soft so I knew she wasn't constipated. Now she has been passing very hard stools and straining hard to get them out. I did have to give her a suppository once which quickly helped her go. Now she is going about 3-4 times a day but they are still hard. Is this really constipation if she is going so much? In the last 4 days I have tried giving her prunes, pears, pear juice... I even tried adding Karo syrup to her bottle. Nothing seems to be softening her up.... I am sure the added rice in the formula is binding her up but I want to find something to help soften her up. Where do you get your prune juice? In the regular juice isle or in the baby section?
I was actually getting on here to ask a qustion like this!
you'll know if he's constipated. if he's pushing hard, it's more than likey just because his stool is more firm that the norm.
when i started my son on cereal i thought he was always constipated at first. in actuality he was only constipated twice since he's been born..
i had a lot of questions about this same thing when jonah first had solids. his stool is firm now and like "people poop". it used to be a pastey type, but now it's lil turdlettes! pretty exciting because i use a lot less wipes :D :D
anyway, what istarted doing was mixing my cereal with a stage 1 fruit to even it out.
he got the hang of it and after a week or so he wasn't trying as hard to push because he knew what to expect.
if you use normal juice (juicey juice , welchs, and so on..) be sure to dilute it with water.
if you buy baby juice then there is no need. (to mix w/ water)
you can get it at target, winn dixie, or anywhere basically...