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My daughter is 3 months old and I think she is constipated. I have spoken to two doctors and they tell me she is not constipated. However, sometimes her poo is as hard as a rock and other times she has runny poo and it’s also still green. She also suffers from a lot of gas and the last couple of nights she has screamed the house down what do you guys think is she constipated or not?

Posted anonymously, 21st January 2015

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  • I think she may be. My daughter was like that. I had to use suppository one time.

  • If she’s still pooing, she’s not constipated. Hard poos could indicate she needs more fluids, like water. Is she on any solids? They could also be affecting the consistency of her poo

  • If you are breastfeeding cucumber may not be a good idea. You may have a screaming baby after eating that. Eggplant can cause some breastfed babies to have tummy pains too. In warm/hot weather baby may not necessarily need another feed , but simply a drink of water to moisten her mouth/throat. Did the Drs. actually feel your baby’s tummy??? You may also be too soon putting her back down. She may need a little longer to bring up all her wind. She may not be bringing it all up at the same time……A lot of Mums are going to howl me down about this suggestion. I was a very colicy baby. If I screamed for too long, Mum would give me an extra (small) feed, burp me and I would sleep for 2 – 3 hours longer than normal. Also sometimes my Dad could actually feel the wind(it was like a little lump) he would push on it very gently with one finger and I would do a big burp. Mum couldn’t find it as easily as Dad could. Good Luck! What works for one baby doesn’t always work for another. What’s more I had colic for several months – not weeks.

  • You poor thing! It’s not fun at all. She could be constipated I’d go to the chemist and ask their opinion.

    I know it’s not common in breast feed babies but it can happen to them as it happened to two of my children whilst breast feeding.

    Biled water can help rolling up a big blanket and putting it under they legs can also help and doing the bicycle exercises with her legs can help release the pressure and get thens moving and nice warm bath can also help loosen her bowls up. You can also put a little bit of brown surger in the boiled water not thatmany health nurses recommend this now. Other wise you can get over the conter drops for her and a mother always knows her child best and they can’t argue this with you.


  • If she is only 3 months she shouldn’t be having any solids or water. If she is breastfed it is quite rare for them to be constipated. Just remember her little tummy is changing all the time so her poo will change. Also, green poo in breastfed babies is an indication that she is getting lots of fore milk and not much hind milk. Try feeding on the one side for a bit longer, although she might be getting lots of fore milk if it’s hot.
    If she is formula fed then you might need to change the formula. Anything with Gold in the title can cause constipation. It’s not actually any better for the baby to have a Gold formula, it’s just a marketing ploy.

  • Hope this situation has improved for your daughter.

  • Our doctor told us that eating cucumber twice a day is the best remedy due to the high water & fibre content. Worked a treat for our little one.

  • You poor thing that sounds horrible for her and you……I used to guve me son prune juice in solids when I started him on solids to help plus I did the bicycle exercise with his legs whilst I lay him on his back to help get things moving

  • It does sound like constipation; possibly get it checked again?

  • Keep up her fluids, if using a formula – maybe find a better one or water it down, if breastfeeding encourage another feed or try to give cooled boiled water. Her tummy may not be coping with whats going in. Also, she might be windy and need a good burp, my daughter is a terror and can scream the house down if she needs a burp and can’t get it up, I need to hold her upright for 30mins post feed.
    If YOU think she is constipated she probably is, cycle her legs in a warm bath, rub her tummy…….and check out Coloxyl if all else fails.
    Best of luck Mum, you know your child!

  • Maybe seek another opinion from your early childhood nurse. Also increase water intake maybe helpful. Hope your little one feels better soon.

  • Is she bottle fed? My daughter went through similar symptoms and we found she was lactose intolerant. Switching to a soy formula helped greatly. Good luck with your little girl.

  • Maybe the milk she is drinking is causing it. Wether its formula you might need to change. Or breast milk u might look at what you are eating. Gripe and boiled (cool) water can help. Give baby stomach massage or lots of tunmy time to give pressure. Good luck

  • I think she may just need more (Boiled) water in her diet. Add some stewed apple to her diet as well. Boiled water should be introduced in her diet by now. Pears and broccoli, can get things back on track, along with diluted fruit juice and water. Note: My kids liked their water warm even in summer.

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