Works For Me Wednesday- Helpin' Your Baby Poop

worksformewednesday.jpg Ok, I need to start by saying (although this has nothing to do with anything) that there is nothing more depressing than watching American Idol on “Sing a song from the year you were born” night. Seriously, 1990 David Archuleta??!!!! It is ruining a perfectly good night in which I got carded while out with some girlfriends (I could have kissed her). I went from feeling young and sassy to ridiculously old within a few hours. Seriously “Total Eclipse of the Heart” from the year you were born????!!!!!!!

Alright, I feel better getting that off my chest. On to WFMW. So because of Hannah’s yucky illness, she hasn’t been eating or drinking like normal. Typically my kids are really good poopers. Like daily, you can set a clock by them. So I always know something is off when they miss a day. Hannah was crying and clinging this afternoon and pointing to her diaper and then holding her nose. My wizard-like mommy skills detected that she was constipated (Seriously, when will this kid start talking?).

I knew movement was the best thing to get things moving, but she wouldn’t upwrap herself from me to move around. We had no juice in the house and I didn’t think it would work fast enough anyway. So I laid her down on the floor, massaged her tummy and bicycled her legs. She quieted down and even began laughing a bit. Sure enough within the half hour, BULLSEYE. I will spare you the details, but let’s just say, it was quite obvious while she was cranky. Quite obvious. Moving on…

Actually, not moving on. I really have nothing else to say. Bicycling legs…helps a baby poop. ‘Nough said.

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  1. Wow! I never thought of that. I’ll put that in my little mental file of ‘Things I need to remember’. Thanks!

  2. Sure does. We used to do that at EVERY diaper change for Ladybug. I’m surprised she doesn’t do it while she sits on the toilet now, just out of sheer habit!

  3. We used to do that, too! Glad you found something that works for you ~ that can be a tough one to figure out sometimes!

    I completely agree with you about American Idol!

  4. We used to do that too. :)

    I wonder what my three year old would think about it. LOL She keeps getting constipated — poor sweetheart!

  5. Ha! Thank you, great tip! Does that work for adults too? :)

  6. I’ll tuck that one away—I’m sure it will come in handy with the movements are sluggish.

  7. Courtney says:

    did they teach you that at PT school? I wish my mom knew that when I was a constantly constipated as a youngin. I will have to remember that when I have kids one day. You are just a wealth of information!!

  8. Just remember to do this WITH the diaper on. Poop can be projectile. My daughter is 18 years old, and the memory is still vivid. :)

  9. Another at home remedy is 2 TBS of Dark Carrow Syrup to 8 OZ of water or juice or whatever they’ll drink it in. Clare was complaining of her stomach hurting when it was that time to go, and it’s what the pediatrician’s nurse told me to do.

  10. I knew that worked to get the gas moving, but I never thought about helping constipation that way! Awesome tip!!

  11. Thanks for the good tip. Hope she gets back on schedule!

  12. Also works when you don’t want it to :(

  13. Yep, I’ve had to try that. Kiddo #2 always had that problem. A warm bath does wonders too, but then she always pooped in the bath tub and that’s no fun to clean up!! Also, a little mineral oil in the drink, but that’s yucky.

  14. Heather Kay says:

    My 3 year old daughter who was often constipated came to me one day and very sadly said “mom, I’m crucified again”. Poor sweety she is now 10 and has learned that drinking lots of water every day really helps her.

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