My 2 month old is constipated

Karlene - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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Last night, I was terrified when my 2 month old started screaming in pain, I went to change his diaper and found a hard stool, and when I cleaned his bottom, there was a bit of blood from passing the stool. He's only been on his formula for about a week, so I don't want to blame the formula for his constipation yet. I started adding a bit of extra water to his bottles to try to prevent it from happening again, but is there anything else I can do to help my constipated 2 month old? Also, I have been putting Vaseline on his bottom to help with the soreness after passing his stool, but is there anything else I can put on him to help with pain when he has another bowel movement? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Claire - posted on 12/16/2010

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Gripe water will help your constipated 2 month old, but if you were breast feeding, then I recommend you keep doing it as breast milk will fix all problems, even if you only nurse once each day. I would take him to the doctor since there was blood. That is very worrisome, even though it was from constipation, but that is pretty serious for such a young child like that to be going through. Could you imagine going through that? He may be dehidrated and even though it might suck, he could need an IV.

Carissa - posted on 12/16/2010

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Akron children's hospital says not to give babies karo or corn syrup because they can contain bacterias and things the same as honey. They also say that for constipation to give your baby 1 ounce of pear or apple juice for ever month old they are. Worked wonders on my baby. For gas relief we used the drops too and they worked for her but to give her temporary relief we used the" colic hold" (you can look it up) or laid her on her stomach across our knees and patted her back and kind of swayed her back and forth. It relieves the gas and puts her to sleep.

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2010

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Please read the instructions with making formula. It says not to add extra water as that can actually lead to seizures. with the young age of your baby i'd consult your doctor. my son was on a medicine called lactulose and it was great. hope that helps.

Suanita - posted on 10/26/2011

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I also struggled with constipation with my baby.I took him to his pediatric and he gave me Lacson to put in his bottle every time i feed him.You must never throw more water in a formula bottle the directions on the tin you must stay with that it can make your baby sick.Rather give him a little water with brown sugar in between formula bottles.That help for Umin and is fine.

Karlene - posted on 12/17/2010

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Well, baby is now 3 months old...and we went ahead and switched his formula to see if it helps with the constipation, also changed his bottles to help with the gas. Breastmilk is not an option for several reasons. We weren't giving him a lot of extra water. It was half an ounce extra in every other bottle. Gas drops don't work, massaging his belly and bicycling his legs doesn't work, apple juice didn't work, prune juice didn't work. If this formula doesn't help, we will be going back to the doctor yet again to see about switching to soy. Thank you all for your advice!

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Vicky - posted on 12/19/2010

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I haven't use it yet to my 2nd son but i already used it on my 1st son 11 yrs ago... try using a suppository to help your constipated 2 month old. I don't know if you have heard this medication... there goes in 2 sizes, for adults and for babies. Plug it in his rectum if his having a hard time again. It will help to liquefy his stool and it will come out together with it. Here's a little explanation about suppository I've searched at the internet:...Suppositories are a type of medication that is in the form of a plug or capsule and inserted directly into the rectum or the vagina. While most people think of the suppository as a medication to deal with constipation, the fact is that there are a number of different health conditions that can be treated using medicine in this form.



In shape, the typical suppository is usually in the form of a small plug. The exterior coating is formulated to begin dissolving after insertion. Body heat plays a role in triggering the breakdown of the medication. As the suppository dissolves, the medication is released and absorbed into the surrounding tissue.

Laura - posted on 12/16/2010

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Juice is a good idea however your baby has by now probably created a mental block with regard to it and so you should go to your local chemist they have sepositries which are quite good. Also as he is a bit young a bottle of cooled boiled water with a small sache of brown sugar is very good!

Nicole - posted on 12/15/2010

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Oh and Zinc cream is great for anything going on down there ie: rash, cuts.

Nicole - posted on 12/15/2010

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We used Good start formula and had the same trouble with constipation with our little girl. Don't give her juice she is way too young for that. From what I was told babies don't need extra iron for the first 4 monthes because they are born with the amount they need from you. We switched our formula to Parent's Choice(Walmart brand) which is just as good if not better than the more expensive brand names since if you look in the ingredients it not only has a lot less iron but also a lot less sugar added too. Plus it is about $20 cheaper a can and you get more in the Parent's Choice container too. I should mention they have different options in that brand too and we just went with the one that either says no iron added or low iron. I live in Regina and it is around $12-$13 a can. Good luck!!!

Bianca - posted on 12/14/2010

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sorry your 2 month old baby is constipated!....try some apple juice diluted with water 1oz juice 1 oz water mixed together....dont add extra water in the formula because that will make him sick mix formula according to directions.....you can try using a suppository only if talked about with his doctor first....also try massaging his belly and bending his legs! hope this helps....

Mary - posted on 12/14/2010

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try a teaspoon of brown sugar in a bottle of warm water about 50mls of water to the tea spoon of brown sugar it will help your baby a lot from mary pearce xxxxxxxx

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I was forced to put my son on formula because I could not produce enough breastmilk for him, the hospital was nice enough to give us the closest thing to breastmilk.

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What I did with my son when he was constipated and hadn't gone I was told by a nurse to give him a small piece of a children's laxative, it gets it all out, then after that I took Prunes baby food and took a spoonful and put it in water. put it into a bottle and give it to your baby, it should help. But I do agree with the other moms on here, formula can cause painful constipation. I switched from his normal Enfamil Premium, to A. R. and he got really constipated, I switched him back and he was perfectly fine. Enfamil Premium is one of the closest formulas to breastmilk :)

Merry - posted on 12/14/2010

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There's nothing better then your milk, if he was having stomach aches after breast-feeding he is likely sensitive to cows products, if you had formula before 6 months when you were a baby this will cause your body to improperly digest cows proteins, and thus pass a lot of it into your milk, where likely it's hurting his intestines.

Sooooo if you go back to breastfeeding, and don't eat or drink dairy he will likely thrive!

There's NO formula that will be better then your milk, honestly, the formula causes so many short term problems, as well as risks for long term problems.

Since he is so young, I strongly suggest going back to breast-feeding and trying to eliminate dairy from your diet. Two weeks from when you stop doing dairy it will be out of your system and he should be better.

Go to llli.org and search a leader in your city, you can call her and she can help you get your milk back, and to work with his tummy.

Formula is just going to be worse, honestly your milk is the answer.

Maren - posted on 12/14/2010

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Are you using a soy based formula? I know some babies have a really hard time digesting lactose and it can cause all sorts of issues like gas and vomiting. I know you don't want to switch again but if you find you have to, I suggest using a soy based formula to avoid the lactose.
I couldn't eat dairy when my daughter was little as it would cause serious gas for her (and I breast feed). My SIL had trouble with her second where lactose was concerned. When she stopped breastfeeding she used a soy based formula and her daughter was like a different baby. It was amazing.

Dehydration can cause constipation, as you seem to have discovered. Just making sure he's getting enough water might be enough to help that along. Prune juice worked for me after my Csection.

Good luck!

Anupama - posted on 12/13/2010

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juice from fruits like plum, pear, apple do work (u need to boil)...plus avoid banana for a while...plus give ur lil one fennel water...it works right a way...

Ashley - posted on 12/12/2010

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I started mixing in a bit of baby apples with my daughters food and giving her some apple juice (watered down of course) and they helped. Maybe you should try soy formula too... It can help if youve tried so many others because your child may have a milk allergy... I'd say ask the dr about your constipated 2 month old and see if they can help. :)

Bonnie - posted on 12/12/2010

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poor baby, I had the same issues with my first child.our pediatrician suggested a little bit of corn or karo syrup in her bottle, but she wouldnt take formula, so I gave her a little bit of prune juice. On occasion I would give her a suppository to help. Massage the belly, going along the intestinal track... looking at your baby lying down in their back in front of you go up the left side across under the breast bone and back down under the heart, it will halp move things along. I did this reguarly to help keep things moving. If he is not drinking enough fluid, he could have issues with constipation. I always use a d ointment.... works best for us, but there are so many different things out there. Good luck.

Stifler's - posted on 12/12/2010

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I'd try lactose free formula. Ask your doctor first though. A lot of kids that are lactose intolerant are constipated and gassy.

Jessica - posted on 12/12/2010

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1/2 a teaspoon or 1 teaspoon if hes realy bad of brown sugar mixed in warm water...

Trust me its brilliant i tried infants friends and tummy rubs and knees to the stomach and gripe water wich works for some people but didnt work for me... finally I had to take mine to the doctors and they said I had to give her an enema wich i realy didn't want to do and made it clear i didnt want to do it so he then told me the sugar trick and said if that didnt work then i would have no option but the enema fotunately the sugar did the job...

I know I know babies and sugar sounds terribly but when all else fails thats still a better option then shoving something up their bum to get the to poop...

Karlene - posted on 12/12/2010

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I had to stop breastfeeding because he would get bad stomach aches after every feeding, once he was on formula, the stomach aches slowly stopped when we found the right formula. Now, he just gets constipated about once a week.

Tine - posted on 12/12/2010

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Formula is almost definately the culprit. I guess there's no way you could go back to breastfeeding? That's the best way to fix this problem! Formula causes the vital 'good' gut bacteria to die, and encourages E coli to grow, which creates a very unhealthy gut environment.
If you recently weaned onto formula, it would be possible to go back to breastfeeding...

Imani - posted on 12/11/2010

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my son had constipation and problems with gas cos he had to take Iron drops for a long time. My Dr advised me to massage his tummy with cumin seeds oil and it worked wonders. I did it in the morning and in the evening before putting him to bed. Hope that works for your LO too.

Jeanie - posted on 12/10/2010

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so sorry to hear, my son went through that for months! I heard warm baths help (from the dr) but I honestly put him on a potty and leaned his head onto my shoulder. It was so much easier for him! My dr told me to add a bit of prune juice to his bottles (it put pure stuff so i only used a bit - not the baby watered down stuff) I did it in the morning, doesnt take long to work, I's say within 1-2hrs of drinking. Dont water down his bottle though it doesnt work and he/shes actually missing out on Cal. They have baby glycerin suppository you can get, i used a few on him myself just makes a mess though.

Becky - posted on 12/10/2010

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my son was diagnosed with acid reflux at 2 months and had to take a baby dose of prevacid which combined with formula meant he was constipated and only pooped every 3rd day with a lot of pain. with our pediatrician's blessing we did a routine of 2 oz apple juice per day and if he didn't poop by the third day then we gave him a half of a baby suppository and once it melted in there he pooped and it came out much easier for him. we also made sure his butt was balmexed well. his reflux went away around 9 months and he was fine after that.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter became constipated after we switched from breastfeeding to formula. At first she vomited profusely and wound up in the ER at 10 weeks. We switched to Enfamil Prosobee, which is soy milk, and that is what caused the constipation. The Pediatrician told us to put 1/2 teaspoon of Karo syrup in her first bottle of the day and if that didn't help we could up the dose until it worked. Fortunately for us, the Karo worked great, just the 1/2 tsp once a day, until she was old enough to introduce juice. Also, water toxicity is a problem with infants. Too much water can be toxic to a baby. They get enough water with their formula or breastmilk and giving too much water is harmful. so I agree with the last few comments to speak with your Pediatrician before giving more water. Hope you find a solution quickly!

Andrea - posted on 12/09/2010

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i would talk to a dr.before you do any of this. I know of a baby who momentarily lost conciousness because of mom adding too much water to their formula. So, I really think you should check with dr. before trying any of this.

Jennifer - posted on 12/08/2010

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i always put 1/4 tablespoon of light karo syrup in every bottle and it worked. we did it from the time my daughter was 1 1/2 months until she switched to mostly solid foods...

Lisa - posted on 12/08/2010

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my daughter got quite badly constipated when we switched her onto formula, we were told to give 1oz water every hour, then if that didn't work withing the first day, dilute freshly squeezed orange juice (do it yourself cos the cartons are processed) half and half with water, and give that in small doses. HOpe that helps

Ariana - posted on 12/08/2010

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My daughter got constipated at 5 months and we were told that a bottle fed baby usually gets constipated when they do not have enough fluid intake?. We found that massaging her tummy and drawing her knees up to her chest did wonders for her also a 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar in warm water helped our daughter out.

Kirsty - posted on 12/07/2010

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have you tried the cow and gate comfort milk? that helpd my lil girl but u need to give him water aswell everyday, kirsty mother of catrin mai 3mnths

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it is the formula and he will be fine. Just give him one or two spoonfuls of Kayro syrup in his bottle and it will help him poop. (sometimes too well)

Lorena - posted on 12/07/2010

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Also if he does get backed up again, to help make passing it easier you can give him about 1/4 tsp olive oil (not extra virgin) either in his bottle or just strait and it helps the poop slide out easier. This was advice given to me by my daughters doctor and it worked wonders and within 30 min.

Sara - posted on 12/06/2010

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My son was the same way and the Dr. told me it was the protein in the formula. She advised me to give him prune juice or mix a spoonful of Karo syrup in with his formula when he was backed up.

Cynthia - posted on 12/06/2010

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My daughter was like that also and she still gets like that some times and she is now goin on 8 months... i give her stright baby juice like pear, apple, and white grape.. i dont water it down.... plus give her some water through out the day.... its been helpn her out for the most part.

Karlene - posted on 12/06/2010

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That's relieving. Maybe I won't need to switch his formula again. The constipation has gone away so far, but the gas is back. So, it's back to trying to figure out what's causing the gas.

Danielle - posted on 12/06/2010

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Well actually it probably is his body adjusting to the formula that's causing the constipation and as his tummy gets used to it his bowel movements will probably regulate. In the meantime, you can use the Gerber prune juice. I put about half an oz in my daughter's bottle when she gets backed up. Cleans her right out and she's happy as a clam after.

Elisha - posted on 12/05/2010

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my little boy had the same issue when I stopped breast feeding him his dr ended up putting him on soy formula

Nicole - posted on 12/05/2010

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ok im sorry it does not work for him i hope you find something that works for him

Nicole - posted on 12/05/2010

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get the mylicon for his gas its the best my son have been using it since i brought him home trust me it will help his gas alot.

Karlene - posted on 12/05/2010

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Okay, he started getting really gassy again, and I am desperate to not change his formula again.
Thank you!

Lethina - posted on 12/04/2010

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This happened to my son too, don't give your a lot of formula through the day and don't add more water or formula to the bottles. Instead give him a bottle of just water every once in awhile it'll help with the constipation and don't change his formula a lot try to keep to one (I use Enfimil Premium Lipil). Also what my husband and I did too was when our son was gassy we would give him drops, put our hand (palm) on his belly and have him lay in our hand to help him pass gas. Let me tell you this was the best way to help him pass gas just a little bit of pressure on the belly. I hope this helps you with your little guy...

Karlene - posted on 12/04/2010

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We have given him three different drops for gas and nothing helps except the formula he is on. Breastmilk and 4 different formulas so far have given him gas even with gas drops, colic relief drops, and tummy soothers. This is why I didn't want to switch him yet again. So far, he's only been constipated twice, so I'm hoping that's it. His daddy was the same way, so I'm guessing he inherited it.

Nicole - posted on 12/04/2010

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blame the formula because it happen to my son the hard stool and the blood i changed his formula to enfamil for fussiness and gas and he has been good ever since he is 7 months now it helps with the constipation alot and for gas i give him mylicon its the best thing for gas pain and it helps him to go easy.

Karlene - posted on 12/04/2010

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Thanks for all the tips! So far, I've been adding just a bit of extra water to his bottles and he's regular again, but when I stop by the store today, I am going to go ahead and get some prune juice to have on hand for when the water doesn't work. I will try anything I have to, I just would hate to switch his formula since this is the only one that his body (aside from the constipation) agrees with...as in, helped with gas, he sleeps better, and it has cleared up his skin.

Sarh - posted on 12/04/2010

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I would say that it is the formula. It can happen anywhere from the first bottle to a month after a new formula is started. I do agree w/the little bit of juice. Use a baby juice or 100% juice like juicy juice. You can use either apple juice, pear or prune juice. You can even put a tad of juice in w/her formula (make the formula normal and add like a tbsp of juice).
Doing the exercises I see one mom post should help her w/passing the stools. If she enjoys her bath give her a nice warm (obviously not too warm for her delicate skin) bath which will help her relax if she enjoys them, you can do the exercises in the bath as well. Another thing... if you massage/rub her tummy and/or back ONLY do so in a clockwise manor! Other wise you can make her more constipated.

SONJA - posted on 12/03/2010

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I HAD THE SAME ROBLEM. I CALLED TRHE DRS AND THE NURSE SAID INTRODUCE HER TO BABY PEAR JUICE- HOWEVER- IT DID NOT WORK- I ALSO TRIEDE 2TBLS OF KARO SYRUP IN EACH BOTTLE- AND THAT WORKED ONCE BUT NOT AGAIN AFTER THAT. SINCE THE NURSE ALSO MENTIONED WE WANT TO INTRODUCE PRUNES TO HER AT A YOUNG AGE-SO SHE LIKES THEM LATER----I MIXED 3 BABY SPOON FULLS OF PRUNES-STEP 1 BABYFOOD GERBER-BUT IT SHOULDNT MATTER AS LONG AS THEY ARE PUREED VERY WELL) AND I MIXED IT WITH 2 OZ. OF BABY PEAR JIUCE. IT WORKED WONDERS!!!! AND I HAVE TO GIVE HER IT EVERYOTHER DAY SO SHE DOESN'T BACK UP. OF COURSE I TRIED THE PEAR JUICE FIRST TO MAKE SURE SHE DID NOT GET AN ALLERGIC REACTION FROM IT- SO IF SHE DID FROM THE PRUNES MIXED WITH PEAR JUICE- I WOULD KNOW IT WAS FDROM THE PRUNES BC I ALREADY TESTED THE PEAR JUICE.

Trish - posted on 12/03/2010

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Poor baby...This is what I do...Since your lil man is only 2 months....boil some banana in water...and use that banana water (when cooled) and give it to your baby to drink. He needs more water...and it is the formula making him constipated. Yeah just boil apple, banana some fruits in water and give that water to him...and freeze the boiled mashed up fruit for when he starts on solids. Hope this helps.

Karlene - posted on 12/03/2010

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Okay, I was nervous about giving him juice. This is his 4th formula after breastmilk, and the only formula that hasn't hurt his stomach so far...(I hope).
I'll try the juice next to see if that helps him...I want to try to avoid switching his formula yet again if at all possible.

Jennifer - posted on 12/03/2010

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I struggled with constipation with my daughter for over a month she'd go 6 days at times what worked for me....after 6 weeks its safe to give 20ml of prune/apple juice blend with 20ml of water (once or twice of that and she'd poop) pumping the legs does help too...but the biggest change was when I changed her to a formula with probiotics (good start and Gerber have one) since then shes back to a regular schedual and comfortable poops...theres also probiotics for infants you can add to formula if you dont want to switch formulas thats at a health food store though

Vicky - posted on 12/19/2010

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I haven't use it yet to my 2nd son but i already used it on my 1st son 11 yrs ago... try using a suppository to help your constipated 2 month old. I don't know if you have heard this medication... there goes in 2 sizes, for adults and for babies. Plug it in his rectum if his having a hard time again. It will help to liquefy his stool and it will come out together with it. Here's a little explanation about suppository I've searched at the internet:...Suppositories are a type of medication that is in the form of a plug or capsule and inserted directly into the rectum or the vagina. While most people think of the suppository as a medication to deal with constipation, the fact is that there are a number of different health conditions that can be treated using medicine in this form.



In shape, the typical suppository is usually in the form of a small plug. The exterior coating is formulated to begin dissolving after insertion. Body heat plays a role in triggering the breakdown of the medication. As the suppository dissolves, the medication is released and absorbed into the surrounding tissue.

Bianca - posted on 12/14/2010

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sorry your 2 month old baby is constipated!....try some apple juice diluted with water 1oz juice 1 oz water mixed together....dont add extra water in the formula because that will make him sick mix formula according to directions.....you can try using a suppository only if talked about with his doctor first....also try massaging his belly and bending his legs! hope this helps....

Ashley - posted on 12/12/2010

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I started mixing in a bit of baby apples with my daughters food and giving her some apple juice (watered down of course) and they helped. Maybe you should try soy formula too... It can help if youve tried so many others because your child may have a milk allergy... I'd say ask the dr about your constipated 2 month old and see if they can help. :)

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