Unclogging the Pipes


My kiddo and his body are changing so much!

He is now 7 months old and he is scooting around, army style, and trying to figure out how to move forward on his knees.  He gets up there, hands and knees ready, but hasn’t figured out yet that he has to move his hands/arms with his knees/legs.  It’s quite adorable to watch though.  Sweet boy.

Well for the past week, something else has been changing.  His poop.

Instead of the baby stuff that’s usually all over the inside of the diaper, it has become more solid and is coming in smaller amounts.  He seems perfectly fine otherwise.  He isn’t fussy (well no more than normal) and doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable so normally I wouldn’t worry but it’s been a week since he has had a normal BM (bowel movement).  So I called the doctor’s office today.  He isn’t “suffering” right now, but I don’t want it to get that far either.

While speaking to the advice nurse, who said these kinds of changes are usually normal for a baby his age, we discussed his symptoms.  She wanted to make sure that his abdomen was not bloated or hard and that he was not running a fever or had any other concerning symptoms.

I told her that I tried giving him baby apple juice as the doctor as suggested before when he was backed up but that didn’t work.  I tried coconut water but that didn’t work either.  She said that stuff wouldn’t work because his rectal tract (or something like that) needed to be cleaned out and the juices wouldn’t do that.  So she suggested giving him a glycerin suppository, which is just glycerin and saline.  Perfectly safe.

Umm, you want me to put what where?

“Oh and they don’t come in baby sizes”, she said.

Okay, so if a glycerin suppository is what he needs to make sure all this backed up poo won’t cause him any issues, then that’s what we will do.

Thankfully, no prescription is required and it can be found at almost any pharmacy.  So I hoped in the car with my backed up baby boy and headed to the pharmacy down the road.

The only brand they had available is called Fleet.  They had different quantity counts available.  I was looking at them, not sure what to do.  It’s a little unnerving thinking about putting something in that area of your baby.  Especially something that is sized for adults.  Then I saw it.

Fleet Pedia-Lax Liquid Glycerin Suppositories

These things make giving your baby a suppository so easy.  All the directions are on the box, there is no insert.  So make sure you don’t throw the box away before you have used the suppositories.  As it says in the name, they are liquid, so you do loss some of it while administering it.  But because there is a little more in the applicator than in regular suppositories, it won’t hurt anything.  The package says that you don’t need the full amount for it to take effect.

The applicator was smaller in diameter than a normal suppository and it is already lubricated for easy use.  There is a “safety collar” on it as well that prevents over insertion.

The box says it should work within an hour but I was surprised to find that it worked in less than 15 minutes.

This is truly a great product and I will continue to use it in the future.  Let’s just hope I don’t have to.


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