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Whole milk and constipation

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Whole milk and constipation

Are these two related? My 23 month old was allergic to milk and was on prescription formula the first 13/14 months of his life. We gradually moved him onto to whole milk and all has been fine. Except for hard stools and constipation. I’m wondering if it’s the whole milk? We pretty much give him miralax daily, but I’d really like to not have to do that. Should we try 2%? Skim? Almond milk? Any experience or help would be appreciated!

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  1. I’m not sure what the answer to your constipation issues should be, but I do know that constipation is a potential side effect of the transition to whole milk. It was my biggest worry when switching from breast milk to whole milk. We haven’t had any issues with constipation so far, but my son drinks a lot of water throughout the day, so that helps. Have you tried feeding more foods that would promote looser stools (water, fruits, prunes) instead of the miralax?

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    1. Thank you. I am going to continue to push more water and maybe cut out dairy like Dr. Connolly says and see what happens! I really want to stop the miralax!

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  2. It is possible that there is a connection between constipation and milk in your son. If so, it is not so much the fat content of the milk (skim vs 2% vs whole) but the protein itself that gives him trouble. The easiest way to find out is to take all dairy out of his diet for a week or two and see what happens. Of course, maximizing his fiber and water intake will also help so go heavy on the fruit, water, and fiber rich foods. Finally, try to figure out if there is a behavior component. Some toddlers withhold stool because in the past passing a stool was uncomfortable or simply because they have decided not to poop. The less they go, the more they resist going and so on!

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    1. Darn. I really don’t want to have to cut out dairy. It’s so difficult with an older child and the fact that they eat the same things for every meal.. or let me say- HAVE to eat the same thing or meltdowns occur. I’m 99% positive he’s not withholding b/c he’s only 23 months. He does go every day, it’s just hard balls.

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