My daughter turned one in november so has recently been changed from formula to full fat cows milk. Since then shes become quite constipated,sometimes to the point where its made her bleed. Recently she was unwell and stopped eating properly so I gave her formula to make sure she was getting certain irons and vitamins ect, which eased the constipation alot. Shes now back on cows milk and is constipated again. Shes quite a fussy eater too and im running out of ideas of what to give her each meal time. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

asked 17 Dec '13, 16:32

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Cow's milk is a food and not a great source of hydration. Constipation could be a symptom of dehydration.

Under circumstances in which water intake is reduced... ...whole cow’s milk may not supply enough free water. Dehydration may result unless additional water is offered.

Here's another study referenced by in a popular publication (popular as opposed to scientific journal)

The above recent article discusses how constipation in children can be reproduced by introducing cow's milk to their diet. And how the constipation symptoms can be relieved by removing the cow's milk from their diet.

I hope this information helps.


answered 17 Mar '14, 15:50

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edited 17 Mar '14, 15:55

Our younger daughter is lactose intolerant and the doctor suggested cutting out all dairy for at least four weeks to check if that helped. That was actually surprisingly difficult after age 2, as there is milk in so many different foods. The doctor said it's quite common.

Definitely worth talking to your doctor about it. Don't worry, there are lots of lactose free alternatives if that's what the problem is, but it takes a bit of research.


answered 17 Dec '13, 22:39

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