Lets Talk About Poop Baby…

I think I’ve mentioned this before, its been a part of our lives as long as Ava has… her battle to poo! One of her first ever visits to the pead was because of constipation, at the time she’d developed a fissure from the severity of her constipation. We tried about 4 different formula’s before finding one that didn’t compound the problem. I’ve always been cognizant of the fact that we have a baby that will always battle to poop. In life, people fall into two distinctly different groups, those who can and those who can’t. Heck, even in our household, we have one who can and one who can’t. Now we have another one with Ava, who simply can’t!

I have tried literally everything, what most people are still learning about treating and managing constipation in an infant, I’ve learned and forgotten already. So here’s a quick run down on all that we do or have tried:

Rooibos tea with a teaspoon of brown treacle sugar – given daily

Pro biotic – given daily

Fruit juice, especially clear apple given regularly

whole-wheat/multi grained baby porridges

Green leafy vegetables, including cabbage, spinach and broccoli

A teaspoon of Olive Oil over her food

Purity Prunes

Home made stewed fruit


Lots of water

Prune Juice

Massaging her stomach

“Bicyling” her legs

Lascon Syrup

Dupholac Syrup

Glycerine Suppositories

Pegicol Powder (specialist schedule medication for severe constipation and fecal impact)

Today, it’s officially been 5 days since she made a normal stool. All she can manage are what we call “bok drolle” (buck poop – little pellet type poops) and these come with a huge amount of effort and lots of crying. It’s so bad that when I use the glycerine suppositories, the only thing that comes out is the suppository, and believe me, I know how to use them, I keep her butt cheeks clenched with my fingers so it can’t just slip out but the suppository will come out parshly dissolved but no damn poop.

Its been especially bad over the past couple of weeks and has reached the point where she is now refusing her food, and I have a feeling it’s because she’s so clogged up on the inside! So we went to see our GP today. After a careful examination that included some prodding of her tummy and also a latex gloved finger… and lots of crying, my GP had concluded that my child is indeed so severely constipated that she has now become fearful of making a doodoo because it’s too painful for her. She’s also bloated and has really badly compacted fecal matter.

The treatment….  pretty much what we’ve been doing all along. Except now, we need to add to the mix a topical anesthesia which has to be applied to her bottom 15 minutes before each glycerine suppository for the next 3 to 4 days to get her over her fear of making a poop and to make it less painful so we can get the back log cleared. We’re also doubling the dose of the Pegicol for the next few days to really get everything (hopefully) working as it should and will then slowly over a period of two weeks wean her off it completely. Hopefully but that stage her new formula – Novalac IT Stage 2 – will have kicked in.

Either way, my GP assures me that some babies will battle with this worse than others and that with time it will pass. God I hope so because there is nothing worse than watching her strain and arch her body and scream and cry just to make a poop!

Edited to add – have just spoken with the nanny… it is now 13h30 on Wednesday afternoon and six days since her last no. 2 my child has finally… in the words of the nanny “made two BEEG poo’s!” YAY

Who would have thought that a discussion about poop could make me so happy!

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  • Reply ksmind

    Sorry Shaz – it really is an awful feeling knowing that she is in pain with something so ‘simple’ i.e. a “daily” necessity.. I know exactly how you feel – I also struggled with this in 2 out of my 3 kids.. but am happy to tell you that it really does pass! (excuse the pun!) In fact my daughter is a great poo’er (can you say that?! my younger son is not potty trained yet but is also fine now). She tells me she needs the loo, sits down and generally not 1 minute later is done and sorted.. So, this really has no bearing on Ava’s future struggles xxx Hang in!

    August 18, 2010 at 7:11 am
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    Ai shame poor little Ava! Such a ‘simple’ thing can cause such problems and is a difficult thing to treat! Hope she feels better soon!

    August 18, 2010 at 7:59 am
  • Reply thebinges

    Poor little baby. Constipation is terrible to deal with. What I did Sharon was buy good old fashioned Milk of Magnesia, but the berry flavour. Jordan has no issues taking it, because it is nice tasting. I give 10mls. The 1st stool passes a little hard, and the next is loose. I give follow up doses of 5mls every 2nd day for a week thereafter. Some babies get horribly constipated when they teeth unfortunately, and it looks like Ava is one of them.

    Good luck babe.

    August 18, 2010 at 8:49 am
  • Reply wheresmybun

    Shame!! Little nunu! I hope she gets better very soon! There’s nothing worse than being constipated.

    August 18, 2010 at 8:50 am
  • Reply thebsdiaries

    Glad you got professional help! My colleague’s little girl of six always had issues – by the time she reached school her mom assumed she was going on her own in the mornings but she wasn’t. She only discovered a serious problem when repeated bladder infections kept happening. It’s such a big mental issue as well you’re going to have to watch her all the time – which is easy when they babies, not so much when they are older! Poor little thing.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:33 am
  • Reply charminka

    I feel so sorry for you and little Ava.. I really hope it is sorted soon! Good luck! xoxo

    August 18, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Hanneke C

    🙁 I hope this gets sorted soon. It’s horrible to watch your child being in pain.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:56 am
  • Reply trishdg

    Oh my word – I had no idea it could get so bad. Both mine are poopers and I didn’t realise what it was like to have a non-pooper. Poor Ava and good luck with sorting it out. It sounds like you are doing every possible thing so hope it gets better soon.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Mash

    I feel so sorry for her, poor little thing. Shame, she doesn’t know WHAT is going on. I hope you guys find a solution, it must be terrible for you!

    August 18, 2010 at 11:26 am
  • Reply mandybrophy

    Hi Sharon

    It is terrible to see you little angel struggling. What helped for Hannak-Kate was a teaspoon of brown sugar in her milk in the morning. I see that this is not on your list. Maybe you can try this too. Thinking of you and precious little Ava-Grace.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Aaah! I see I forgot to include that in my list of things we do as it is one of the things we’ve done. She has rooibos tea with a teaspoon of brown sugar daily. The clinic warned me against putting it in her formula as she well become accustomed to sweet milk and then start refusing her bottles.

      August 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply ineke1981

    Oh shame, poor little nunu. Mine was an in-between-pooper. Some days she pooped just fine and other times she could go on for days without any. Goodluck, I’m sure the new meds will help her!

    August 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply shirl34

    Gosh poor little thing. She must be so uncomfortable, Shame, I hope she gets better quick quick and manages to get *unclogged*.

    August 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply thebsdiaries

    Yay for the poo! ha ha. I too have had many, many poo discussions with my nanny.

    August 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Yay for Poo!
    Now did you even imagine last year this time that poo would thrill you so??

    August 18, 2010 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply emk808

    LOL YAY FOR POO!!! Did you try Karo syrup? That’s what we did for Dovid. It’s used in pecan pie and can be found in the syrup aisle in the grocery store (like with maple syrup).

    August 19, 2010 at 3:45 am
  • Reply pandoragelb

    And who knew there were so many things to say and discuss around poo! Quantity, colour, consistency, odour, frequency…

    August 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    I’ve never talked about poo as much in my entire life as when I had a kiddo. Its just where EVERY conversation ends up in our household. Its always the measure of “well everything’s okay, he poop’d!”
    We haven’t had that severe kind of issue, but we put 2-3 tablespoons of KARO Syrup (dark) in his bottle of formula and in a few hours, we’ve always had success. But it sounds like you’ve got this totally under control. IM VERY GLAD for the “BEEG Poos!” for all of you!

    August 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    Shame Shaz poor little Angel must have been in such pain, so glad she has finally gotten to make a BEEG POOP, hope it becomes a regular occurance.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply antigone1022

    poor little love x

    August 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply maggsbunny

    Hi Sharon. Been really bad at reading blogs lately, so haven’t been here in a while. Just flicking through your latest posts and this one caught my eye, so thought I’d offer what has been a remedy for myself. I don’t know at what age a baby can start eating lentils, so maybe you’ll have to save this and give it to her at a later stage, but lentils totally ROCK at getting a tummy going. If you could cook some for her, mash them and get her to eat them (not sure how well that’s going to go down with her ;-), I’m willing to bet you would see a positive difference. Just my 10c worth.

    August 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Jacqs

    Did it get better?? I have a non-pooper!

    November 16, 2017 at 10:38 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      She eventually grew out of it.

      November 17, 2017 at 11:02 am

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