I have a 1-year-old that cries every time 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.
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. The 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,
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