Tangerines have a medium fibre content, mandarin low… Who knew?
WARNING: this post contains poo!
One of the biggest changes in my life when I had a baby, was the amount of time spent thinking about, discussing and generally dealing with poo. Months go by when it’s not a big deal, and it’s just another part of your day when you and your partner ask each other or the minder in creche “poo today?”
Then once in a while, it becomes a focus – there’s too much, or not enough. Right now there’s not enough. I nearly had words with the pharmacist yesterday so vexed was I by her quizzing – no, he doesn’t even eat bananas, he has weetabix & porridge for brekkie, his diet hasn’t changed, he gets enough fibre I think given his general diet… I think it was caused by teething initially a couple of weeks ago – that catch all ailment that explains away so many things.
She seemed happy that that could be the main trigger and recommended 2.5 mls of Duphalac twice a day and keep going past the point of it improving.
But I’m on a mission now to solve the problem at source, as I can only listen to my little guy shouting ‘sore bum bum, no poooooo’ as he grips onto my shoulders for so long. Lunch of brown bread and baked beans and dinner of brown rice, babycorn & green beans with marinated tofu. And, the biggest treat of all, we’ve been giving him watered down prune juice. It’s gross, but he thinks its christmas as it’s usually water or milk all the way in this house.
I found this link to the Dietary Fibre Content of Common Foods really helpful in sussing out my meal plans. Obviously common sense played a part, but when I was marinading tofu I had no clue how high or low fibre that is (low). It’s also made me rethink his snacks for the week – for example – convenient Organix fruit pots (apple & peach) and grapes are out, the pear & kiwi puree I have in the freezer is in. I always puree any fruits I don’t think we’re going to get through, and they come in handy for a snack. In fact, the same puree even went into the pancake mix this morning instead of banana!
If you have managed to read this far, then you must be a parent, and you’ll be pleased to know: there was a big result before bedtime without half as much discomfort as last time. Anyone any other tips on how to help this along naturally?