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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Tish | 2004/01/14

Q.

Worried about tummy

Hi Doc

My son is 4 months old. I took him for his injections and the sister said I should start giving him vegetable wich I did the next day. He really enjoys it very much but the problem I have is that his tummy doesn't work as often as it used to and sometimes it doesn't work for a full 24 hours. This worries me a great deal. Is this normal or am I right to worry. Should I stop giving him vegetables and continue to give him his porridge or is there something I can give him so his tummy can go regularly without causing any harm to him.
Just a bit of information he was born 6 and 1/2 weeks early he was very tiny and very thin, his now chubby but very healthy I haven't had any problems with him at all and am very greatful for that. I am very blessed that my son is a very happy and healthy baby.

Thanking you
Tish

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The vegetables will not contribute to constipation and if any thing it should improve the condition. You may increase the solids very slowly, because remember your baby is actually only 3 months old. If the stool is hard and passes with great difficulty some harmless laxative like lactulose may be required.

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