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1 Year Old Cries In Pain When Pooping – Due To Cow’s Milk?

by Nikki Bhana
(New Zealand)

I have a 1 year old that cries every times she poos. She has only been doing it for a few days. They are still soft and there don’t seem to be any tearing after she poos, it just she finds it hard to push it out.

She gets to the point where she is straining and goes all red faced and has tears in her eyes things, you would expect her to have if it were going to be hard. She has about 2 bowel movements a day and eats plenty of fruits and drinks plenty of water.

We have started giving her cow’s milk as well as formula for night time and morning but lunch is cow’s milk and if she wakes at night its a small bottle of cow’s milk.

Baby Help Line:

Pain After Introducing Cow’s Milk

Poor girl! Actually, in my experience, babies’ poop doesn’t always have to be rock hard for them to hurt. For some infants it seems as if “harder than usual” is enough to make them feel pain.

You mention that the problems started after introducing cow’s milk to your baby. This is so common! Cow’s milk is known to contribute to constipation. Also, tummy pain is one of the signs of milk protein allergy, so watch out for other signs as well if you decide to continue with the milk.

My recommendation, though, is to take her off the cow’s milk completely for a while and see if it helps. Formula is still excellent nutrition for her as a complement to solid foods, so you do not have to give her cow’s milk for her health.

Actually, you might want to cut down on all dairy products for a while, as well as bananas, if your baby eats a lot of them too.

Apricots, pears and prunes on the other hand are great for softening the stools.

I hope this helps,

Paula

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Jan 05, 2012

our experience

by: Maryland


Nikki,

Our one-year daughter recently a similar problem. Her stools were harder than normal and she would strain horribly with each bowel movement. For us, it was a simple mistake. We add Poly-Vi-Sol to her cow’s milk in the evening. We also give her cereal during the daytime. Unfortunately, we were using the Poly-Vi-Sol with Iron in it. The supplemental iron and the iron in the cereal combined were 140% of her daily allowance. Once we started using the Poly-Vi-Sol without Iron, the issue went away.


Jun 06, 2012

Milk Protein Allergy

by: Anonymous

I wonder if your baby has a milk protein allergy. That’s what my baby has. Their little bodies are incapable of processing the larger protein in cows milk. Most kids grow out of it by 1 year, but my sister’s kids are 3 and 5 and still can’t have cows milk or any diary. I breast feed my baby, but I can’t eat any dairy or she seems to be in a lot of pain and cries when pooping. You could try eliminating dairy for a while. Keep in mind it can take a few weeks to get out of the system. Good luck.


Aug 02, 2012

14 month old crying when pooping

by: Rebecca


Hello,

In a way it is reassuring to read this as my 14 month old has just started crying every time she goes to the toilet. We thought it might be as we were trying to potty train her but she was doing fine for a couple of weeks, then every time she heard the word poo she was screaming. We left her to poop in her nappy then thinking she was just confused about where she should go but even then she was crying and needing hugs when she went. When she goes she is straining so much, even though they don’t seem too hard. She drinks plenty and has a good diet so her dad and I were baffled. Following the above advice, I am going to take her off cows milk and put her back on toddler milk and try her with some prunes etc to see if it helps. She has had dairy for months though and not had any problems, but worth a shot. Thanks for the posts!


Mar 10, 2013

Same problem

by: Anonymous


My 12 month old girl has got the same problem – she has been on formula since birth. She screams and proper cries everytime she has to poo – it does not matter if it hard or soft. I noticed the last time that there was a little tear which I did get ointment for from my Dr. I have been to the Dr twice with her and nothing has been resolved. They now prescribed lactulose solution that apparently will make the poo softer. I however disagree with the Dr cause it does not matter if it is hard or soft – she screams in pain every single time. I need advice please!


Mar 10, 2013

To Anonymous above

by: Paula (Baby Help Line)


Hi,

I am sad to hear that your baby has such problems.

Have you checked out some of the other threads here at Easy Baby Life, dealing with similar issues?



http://www.easybabylife.com/baby-screams-with-every-bowel-movement.html

http://www.easybabylife.com/baby-cries-in-pain-when-pooping-even-when-loose-stools.html

http://www.easybabylife.com/gassy-baby-screams-in-pain-all-day.html

The babies in these discussions all experience pain while pooping and there are also several parents reporting what helped.

I hope this gives you a few ideas. Also remember to go to another pediatrican for a second opinion if the first one couldn’t help you enough.

Warm wishes

Paula


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  • zahriah

    1year old daughter has blood cuming out her butt wen trying to use the bathroom also strains An scream an cry

  • pcottrell

    Hi i just started my 1year old on whole milk and he weeks verry fussy and every feeding he has a bow movement and it is verry light green like white looking is this normal some boss are kind of hard and some are pastey is it normal