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Can Pedialyte and water be used for infant constipation? My 7 wk old has hard stools and pain since switching to AR formula for reflux.

Can Pedialyte and water be used for infant constipation? My 7 wk old has hard stools and pain since switching to AR formula for reflux.

Not the best: Pedialyte and water are used more for hydration issues in a child. You need to speak with your Pediatrician regarding treatments for a 7 week old, as "too much" water should not be given either. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Infant constipation. We have tried prune juice oatmeal and soy milk and nothing is working. Can we use a stool softener and what foods to avoid. ?

Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them.Prune or apple juice(regular adult, not dilute baby) given in amounts of 1-2 ounces 1-2 x/day for a minimum of 3 days will usually loosen a kid.Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

What are the causes for rock hard stool? And is there a way to relieve the pain?

Constipation: Sounds like you may need some stool softeners and increase your water intake. Dehydrating can cause hard stools which will then result in pain in pushing. ...Read more

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My husband passes painful hard stool once or twice a month. How can it be treated naturally? What may be the cause of this.

My husband passes  painful hard stool once or twice a month.  How can it be treated naturally?  What may be the cause of this.

Diet: Most of the time hard stools indicate lack of fiber in diet, best treatment is to make sure that one eats more fruit / vegetables and plenty of water and also less red meat. Also stool softners like colace (docusate sodium) or fiber supplement like metamucil helps to bulk up the stool and makes it easy to pass. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

What could be the cause of very hard stool and then got painless, heavy anal bleeding?

Dry poo/anal fissure: The failure of stool to transit the large intestine in a timely period will result in excess water removal & bulking at the outlet. Passing a hardened or larger than normal stool thru the anal sphincter can cause a long scratch or fissure in the outtlet. This tends to be on the outside of the movement & bright red. ...Read more

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My child is 6 nonths.I ntriduced him baby food for the firat time.Apple n manfo flavour.He passed hard stool then.Is it normal?

My child is 6 nonths.I ntriduced him baby food for the firat time.Apple n manfo flavour.He passed hard stool then.Is it normal?

Constipated infant: You child may be constipated because of the apple you are giving him. Apple contains pectin which is a solidifying agent. Change to another fruit such as apricots or peaches. ...Read more

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My 4 mth old formula fed baby has small, hard stools. She cries and seems to be in pain when passing them. Is this constipation? What can I do?

My 4 mth old formula fed baby has small, hard stools. She cries and seems to be in pain when passing them. Is this constipation? What can I do?

Constipation: Yes this is the most likely cause. I would recommend adding some more water to formula meals, increased water is the simplest way to help relieve constipation. Always keep an eye out for more serious conditions and talk to your doctor if your baby's appetite decreases or if there is vomiting, fever or other concerning symptoms. ...Read more

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Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

Does consuming too much protein cause constipation or hard stools?

It can: It can if you do not eat high fiber food along with it like fruits, vegetabls, grains, beans and peas etc, and at least 2 litres of water. ...Read more

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Some time my hard stool causes bleeding since 11 years old problem now I have swollen anus ?

IF just : Swollen, then warm baths plain water for 15 minutes 3 times per day, alternate with ice pack and stay at bedrest with feet above hips for 24-48 hours should help. If thrombosed or clotted, see a colorectal surgeon. Best to avoid this recurring by drinking more fluids and less caffeine. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause pain in bellybutton like stabbing pain ? I have a hard time passing stools & if I Do it's A little But hard & lumpy !

Can constipation cause pain in bellybutton like stabbing pain ? I have a hard time passing stools & if I Do it's A little But hard & lumpy !

Constipation : ... Can cause mid-abdominal pain, although there are certainly many other things which can cause this type of pain also. A good first step would be to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, including increasing the amount of liquid that you drink. If this helps the constipation but the pain is still present, then you should see your primary care doctor to find out why you have pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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