My 7 month old son's stool is round and semi mushy (like play doh balls) and He is very regular. Is his stool normal?
In general, infant stools should be loose/mustard consistency. As children age, their stools should become like adult stools. At 7 months, your son is probably eating some solid foods. As solids become an increasing part of his diet, expect his stools to look more like adult stools.
It sounds like your son’s stools are a little on the harder side. I would recommend you start with dietary intervention. Encourage fruits (not bananas, peaches or pears) and veggies. If the fruits and veggies are not helping try some apple or white grape juice. I’d try to minimize the amount of juice used as many children learn to crave it and juice has little nutritional value. When giving juice for constipation do not dilute it with water as it is the sugars that help resolve the constipation.
If constipation is not addressed some children will begin to withhold stools. When they consciously try to hold in stools their stool become larger, harder and more painful. This chronic cycle is difficult to address.
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Written October 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician