Well it’s official: Owen’s constipated. After wondering aloud for a day or two about just how transformed Owen’s poops were becoming, a little TOO solid it seemed, he’s started passing pebbles of poop (four of them today and straining with each one). I’ll spare you any photos.
So you can scratch my little plan to focus on vegetables, then fruits. I’ve learned since doing more research that carrots and sweet potatoes – Owen’s two first vegetables – are starchy culprits in constipation for some babies. And that butternut squash I was getting ready to cook, puree and freeze in ice cube trays for the next vegetable? It’s on the list too.
Isn’t it lovely how we’re told to start babies off on the BRAT diet (bananas, rice ceral, apples – and well, I guess the toast comes later) when those are the very things that constipate a baby. (Luckily we hadn’t made it to bananas or applesauce yet).
So Owen’s eating pureed prunes for breakfast and baby oatmeal for dinner – and slurping up a wee bit of apple juice diluted in water for now. Then comes the karo syrup, recommended by the nurse at our pediatrician’s office, if I can’t get things going smoothly without it.
Hopefully his little body will start learning how to process all this strange gook soon.
To be honest, I’m kind of missing exclusive breastfeeding. Owen’s diet was so simple then.
If you’ve got a favorite constipation remedy for babies, please share.