Constipated from formula change - can anyone help with all natural remedies?

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2010 ( 66 moms have responded )

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My son recently changed from Enfamil in the can (Lactose Free) to Powdered Soy Formula and now he is constipated!! What can I give him to relieve his discomfort and get things moving again?...all natural please

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Tracy - posted on 08/15/2011

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I use coconut water in the formula or a couple ounces in between feedings. It eases stomach cramp from colic and constipation. Also good for moms. I keep little ones and it always works. Great source of enzymes to help digest and natural laxative. Look it up it is wonderful for lots of things. You can find it @ most stores in water section or organic section.

Wendi - posted on 02/25/2010

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I had the same problem with my twins and the pediatrician recommended given small doses of water (as they can have that at any age) and making sure that the formula was a lower iron formula. My twins were on powdered soy formula from 2 mnths till 7 mnths of age but I always made sure it was the lower iron type as the pediatrition stated they should not have alot of iron till at least 7 mnths of age. Sometimes on that formula they would still get constipated so I would add a little bit of regular corn syrup (that you can buy in the grocery store) to the formula and it worked like a charm. Prune juice also works very well. Changing formulas is very hard on their little systems and can cause many problems for them but the pediatrition told me to slowly switch over to the new one by making sure I mix the 2 types together. ie: start off with 3/4 enfamil and 1/2 new formula for about 4-5 days, then go 1/2 and 1/2 for the same amount of time, then 3/4 new formula and 1/4 enfamil for about 4-5 days then full strength of the new formula. this way their body adjusts slowly to the change and they are less likely to have complications like constipation or diarreha. It usually takes about 3 days for their body to adjust to something new.

Hope this helps :)

Michelle - posted on 02/22/2010

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U cud try givin him sum water 2 drink an massage his tummy after his bath xx

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Jaqlyn - posted on 08/17/2011

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Both my kids had that problem. my doctor suggested apple juice and if that didnt work for them to change thier formula to something else.

Tania - posted on 08/16/2011

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A baby probiotic formula is probably your best option. Nurtures the gut, relaxes the bowel and increases the flora so if there is any inflammation it will tone it down and help heal the gut.

Amanda - posted on 08/15/2011

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I realised after my daughter went through hell with constipation that it is most likely due to an allergy to something they are consuming. With her it was me eating dairy products while I was BF however hindsight is a great thing and I couldn't understand it at the time & medical intervention was torture :( Hadn't heard of Tracys coconut water solution that looks like it may be helpful!

Kalinka - posted on 08/15/2011

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A few drops of corn oil in his milk bottle.... All natural, no added sugar or preservatives or other stuff. It worked perfectly well with my son who was constipated from day 1.

Paula - posted on 08/15/2011

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i would continue to use the Enfamil if you can afford it, and i reccommend a abdominal massage orutin daily, to help keep the bowels moving, and it will ease the pain that goes along with constipation, we used it rouitnely wiht our child once we learned it and it made a huge difference, as well we added water to her diet as an infant, an ounce for a little one makes a huge difference.

Calvalyn - posted on 08/14/2011

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Try a few drops of prune juice in the formula, always worked for me, but always check with your doctor to make sure there isn't a conflict there. There are some all natural gas remedies in the store but milicon drops were helpful for that painful gas that can be so uncomfortable for babies

Robin - posted on 08/14/2011

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Just use a little syrup in the formula and it should help. I used it on all 4 of my kids.

Hayley - posted on 08/12/2011

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best thing i got recommened it from a naturopath is olive oil and it works a treat. have told friends and they've tried it for there babies and has worked.

User - posted on 08/11/2011

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You can put probiotic powder (inner health) in his formula. I would sugest a goat milk formula over soy - hormone free, and more easily digested.

Pallavi - posted on 08/04/2011

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try giving him Prunes or pears....and if its still doesnt work...take a "LITTLE", very little coconut oil on your finger tip and give it to him...I do it whn my daughter is constipated for more than 3 or 4 days.....it really works, but usually prunes or pears just work fine!! use the coconut oil ONLY if hez extremely constipated.

Sarah - posted on 08/03/2011

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Hello, my son suffers from constipation due to having an intolorence to cows milk, we were advised to rub his belly in a clockwise rotation and move his legs as though he was riding a bike. it softens the tummy. we were also given lactalose from the doctor which really helped.

Lynn - posted on 07/30/2011

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I tried brown sugar in water, the corn syrup, benefiber (small dosage) in water, and prune juice. In the end nothing was working for my daughter, and we ended up having to go to the doctor to get some Lactulose syrup.
The other thing that was mentioned to me was increase the probiotics for her. There are several kids kinds that you can add to milk. That helped her digestion for a whle

Lynn - posted on 07/30/2011

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I tried brown sugar in water, the corn syrup, benefiber (small dosage) in water, and prune juice. In the end nothing was working for my daughter, and we ended up having to go to the doctor to get some Lactulose syrup.
The other thing that was mentioned to me was increase the probiotics for her. There are several kids kinds that you can add to milk. That helped her digestion for a whle

Tasha - posted on 07/26/2011

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My son had constipation after starting on cereal, a bit of watered down apple juice did the trick, and if hes on solids or getting ready, a bit of first stage prunes works too

Tonya - posted on 07/26/2011

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Dark carol syrup 1-2 tsp in an 8 ounce bottle. Warm it up a bit so it will mix well. It works like a charm. Good luck

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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Try White Grape Juice! my son was constipated and it worked for him. that or try Karo Syrup! its been around for over a hundred years and it works WONDERS! hope that helps...

Yani - posted on 02/25/2010

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It depends how old your baby is. If he/she is less than 6 mos. try diluting apple or prune juice. If they're older you can boil Sena leaves, let it cool than incorporate 1 oz. in their milk. My baby had the same problem and the tea really works. Good luck :)

Juvy - posted on 02/25/2010

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hello there, what you are experiencing right now was my problem before with my 3 month old baby, actually giving suppositories are not advisable for babies, my pediatrician advised me to change the milk formula so if you are giving 2 is to 4 ( 2 scoop of milk and 4 oz of water ) change this to 3 oz of water and 1 scoop of milk until the baby can move properly.... i hope this can help you... good luck.....

Andrea - posted on 02/24/2010

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I had the same problem w/ my daughter. My doctor recommended 1/2 oz of apple juice once a day. It helps to get things moving and makes it easier. I've actually upped what the doctor said and my daughter gets the 1/2 oz straight and then 2 other bottles w/ the juice diluted in 1 oz of water each. I recommend you get the sugar free apple juice.

Angela - posted on 02/24/2010

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You actually should NEVER give an infant honey! Do NOT GIVE AN INFANT HONEY!

Amy - posted on 02/24/2010

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Nothing worked for my baby but a 1/2 tsp of Milk of Magnesia that my Ped. suggested. I suggest you try other natural products first. If that doesn't work ask the baby's doctor if you can use a 1/2 tsp of the Magnesia. All of my infants had this problem, and I was spending money on suppositories like crazy, and all I needed was a bottle of Magnesia.

Maysa - posted on 02/24/2010

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soak in a tub of warm water, dry off, then heat a tb of olive oil- rub it on the stomach and between the toes

i know it sounds weird but my grandma mentioned it and i tried it today- worked fine.

Clare - posted on 02/24/2010

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Just reading down the replies and noticed one about honey - please be aware honey should never be given to children under one year old due to the risk of botulism spores.

Clare - posted on 02/24/2010

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I had the same problem! A couple of things to try:
Try another formula
Prune juice watered down with cooled boiled water
Gentle clockwise tummy massage
Make a prune and pear puree (just boil them up and blend) - add it to porridge, rice pudding, yoghurt etc
As much fluid as he will take - cooled boiled water, watered down fruit juices
I would warn against stimulating the back passage or poking anything around unless on medical advice.
Hope your little man gets some relief!

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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Koral My friend is a midwife and she said that adding more or putting less scops of formula into the babies bottle is a big NO NO...it can make them very sick...Stick to exactly what it tells you to put in bubs bottle. Even if it is making bub constipated...add prune juice like some of the other ladies said or try brown sugar.



I have just posted some info on adding more water to baby formula...PLEASE READ!!!

Jade - posted on 02/24/2010

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If he's only young use brown or raw sugar. Two table spoons to 50mls of warm water. If that does not work take bub to the doctors...

Koral - posted on 02/24/2010

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try and give him baby juice if he is a lil young for it just give him some but put a lil more water in it or even prune juice is gewd... because he is on new formula try to give a less a scope so he gets used to it slowly thats what i had to do for when i changed my childs formula just for a week or two... hope he gets better. or even at the chemest they have natural stuff.. or even your natural shop at the shops and stuff

Naomi - posted on 02/23/2010

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How old is he? If you have started him on solids prunes work great for getting things working again.

Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010

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I agree with Donna the 1 Tbsp of dark corn syrup! Works like a charm just be ready for blow-out diapers!!

Gabriella - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son was having constipation issues as well as spitting up. I started him on Enfamil regular then switched him to Good Start Gentle plus but that did not work. Finally we switched over to Enfamil Gentleease which many people recomended including my doctor. I was thinking about Soy Formula as well but my doctor said Soy can make constipation worse. My 3 month old has been on Enfamil Gentlease now for 1 month and huge improvement. He is not constipated or spitting up. He is much happier now. I would suggest trying the Enfamil Gentleease for 1 week and see if you see a difference, I did! Good Luck!

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2010

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depending on age you can give him an ounce apple juice with ounce water should help or if old enough baby food prunes

Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010

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Our doc recommended some white karo syrup in my daughters bottle. I forgot the ratio of syrup to formula. Your doc could tell you. It worked like a charm.

Tina - posted on 02/23/2010

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I take my baby to a acupuncturist and it has done wonders on her. She is a breastfed baby, but still has lots of gas and forces all the time. Well use to I guess I should say. She's only gone 3 times and it has already worked great and she enjoys it. Not only does he put needles (which doesn't hurt) but he massages her belly and back and she enjoys every minute. I love it because it's natural. Best of luck

Colleen - posted on 02/23/2010

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Kayro's light corn syrup always helped the babies in my family mixed with water. Or, I took my daughter to the chiropractor when she was 3 weeks old for her constipation,,, the adjustments work wonders, and it's painless for them. When she seems constipated, I will take her in and have her adjusted and she doesn't cry at all so I know it's painless, she poops within a couple hours after. Also, try to do some hip/leg exercises on him.. put your hands under his hips/lower back, and kind of raise one side then the other back and forth.. that seems to help move things along also.

Kristin - posted on 02/22/2010

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Kayro's syrup usually gives babies cramps, Honey can give babies food poisoning, prunes could give you a bigger mess than you really want to deal with, and water doesn't do as much for some babies as others. I usually add about an ounce of full-strength apple juice to my baby's (six-ounce) bottle if she's constipated. It loosens everything up without making her uncomfortable, AND without giving me a huge, runny mess to deal with. If she's really constipated, I'll have to do it a few times before I get any results. Sugar pulls more water into their intestines, and therefore helps them to pass whatever is stuck. If your son is getting constipated on cereal when he starts eating it, mix it with juice instead of formula or water.

Jill - posted on 02/22/2010

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an ounce of prune juice per a 4oz bottle....my dr recommended to us....works everytime baby Ray misses a day of pooping...

Samantha - posted on 02/22/2010

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I always use Rooibos tea. Its a fantastic South African thats natural and full of antioxidants. And even better it has no caffine :) Its called red bush here. May it weak with no sugar or milk when he's not due for milk and it should work within a few hours. Lots of luck :)

Alex - posted on 02/22/2010

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get the doctor to prescribe some lactoluse it will make it really soft. my little by got constipated when we changed him to hungrier baby sma milk in the end we had to change him back though and increase his ounces.

Joanne - posted on 02/22/2010

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My 2 month old goes real easily from drinking 5 teaspoons of warm water. Usually after taking in water, he releases within a hour! Good luck!

Erica - posted on 02/21/2010

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I dialuted apple juice.. My son was 4 mos when his dr told me to try prune juice but it was to hard on his stomach even watered down.. when he was 2mos I put 2 oz of juice to 3 oz of water and it helped..

Amy - posted on 02/21/2010

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both of my sons have or had issues pooping. My five month old still has issues, the doctor has me a just alittle bit of prune juice to his bottles and this seems to work really well. I even add it to his cereal since that seems to make it hard for him to poop also. Good luck!!

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