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A 21-year-old female asked:

my 9 month old daughter is having a hard time pooping and her doctor will not see her till the 14th. tthis has been going on for 2 weeks. what should i do?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Linda Gromko
Family Medicine 48 years experience
What have you tried?: Unless she seems sick to you, try increasing her fluid intake a little. Fruits such as peaches, plums, prunes, or apricots tend to be good to help get that little bowel moving. Talk to the nurse in your doctor's office. Your local children's hospital may have a nurses' helpline to assist with non-urgent advice. And certainly, get in sooner if her belly is painful, swollen, or she seems sick to you.
Dr. Darrell Herrington
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Common: Consider the changes in her diet which may had lead to this, and make appropriate changes. Usually, more fluids and fresh fruits will assure regularity. You can also safely use glycerine suppositories as needed. Talk to your doctor about chronic constipation.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Constipation: Give her lots of water and lots of fruits and vegetables. Prunes and prune juice have a good reputation for treating constipation for a reason. If she seems uncomfortable, you may need more aggressive treatment. You can try giving her a glycerine suppository rectally. That will probably do the trick.

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