Inspissated Faeces after Solids

5 mo.
Helen Hansen

I am afraid that it is often the case for babies, when they start on solids, as their bowels need to adjust to the more solid food, that they suffer from inspissated faeces.

The best you can do is to variate his food intake, i.e. see to it that he gets cereal and vegetable pure, and supplement with prune pure and other kinds of fruit pure. Try to avoid banana which is constipating.

It is a good idea to give him enough fluids, as the fluids help soften the stools in the bowels, to be served together with his food. Always remember to offer him a cup of water together with his solids, and between meals you can also offer him a breast feed as often as possible. Pay attention to the fact that he does not get too large portions of cereal and pure in order to leave space in his stomach for a breast feed. In other word, offer him small frequent meals in order to ensure enough space in the stomach for fluids.

You should also help him be physically active, i.e. help him roll from side to side, play with him, make cycling movements with his legs etc. Physical activity is generally important to stimulate the bowel movements.

Should none of the above advices have any effect, it is necessary to offer him lactulose, which you can buy over-the-counter at the pharmacy. The required quantity of lactulose is 1 ml per kilo body weight, and should your son weigh 7 kg, I recommend that you offer him lactulose twice a day - give him 3 1/2 ml at morning and night and see how he reacts. Regulate the quantity of lactulose according to how his stomach reacts.

Bowel movements every second day is quite normal, as long as the baby is thriving and does not feel any stomach pain or suffer from constipation, which may make him stop eating. It is important to keep his bowels active.

I hope this is helpful:o)

Kind regards,

Helen Hansen


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