Constipation in infants

Shawnta - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 49 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old son has a case of constipation,does anyone have any remedies?

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Babies that young do not need to poop everyday. They can go for several days without pooping and still not be constipated. The only way to tell if he is constipated is if he's in pain, his stool is dark in color and hard like pebbles, or he has to work really hard to get it out. So if it's just been a few days and he doesn't seem extra fussy then the best thing to do is just wait it out.

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2009

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I saw on the show "The Doctors" that if you lay him in his tub with nice warm water and rub his belly its called the " I love you method" up his right side then do an upside down L and upside down U it should help and be may poo in the tub.. good luck

Melissa - posted on 07/30/2009

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I'd try to stay away from sugar or syrup though It could cause digestive problems since his is so young. I'd start with trying extra water first and a warm bath. Also exercising his legs (riding a bike movements) will help get his digestive tract moving! Also rectal stimulation like inserting a thermometer in his rectum as if you were taking his temp.

Kara - posted on 07/30/2009

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Prune juice in his bottle - it works wonders!!! My son is 9 months old and I still put an ounce of prune juice in his morning bottle. Once your son starts solids, you can also add flax seed oil to his cereal. I do this twice a day. Besides having great health benefits, the flax oil also works as a natural laxative. One other tip, add a little extra water to your son's bottles, that also helps!!

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Constipation in newborns is hard like marble poop. If your baby doesn't poop for a week, but it is still soft, it is normal. I do not know why people don't understand that. MOST babies go SEVERAL days without pooping. It is totally normal. -- DO NOT give your baby extra water to help them poop. Too much water in a newborn can be deadly. Talk to your pediatrician first. If the poop is actually hard, then they can give a baby suppository also. GOOD LUCK.

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Taylor - posted on 04/04/2013

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My two week old daughter was constipated due to being switched to formula after only breastfeeding. I tried prune juice and water..prune juice in her bottle..baby massage and leg crunches.nothing worked..finally I did her thermometer and vasiline with very little movement in her rectum and there she went. Also when she was still pushing I did the massaging and leg cruches again. She is now the happy baby I knew before..hopes this help..good luck ladies

Hodan Ahmed - posted on 10/10/2012

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i have 7 week ababy boy who is also constipated he screams hall night and he trying to get but he cant i was feeding none milk then i change to S26 pink one it doesnt change any thing still even i try to give water and brown sugar still same so guys what must i do?

Angela - posted on 07/31/2009

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my boy had terrible constipation from the day he was born and still suffers now an again he is ten now best thing for him was abottle of syrup of figs and a pear a day the figs can be given to babies but ask the chemist first just in case not for yours

Melissa - posted on 07/30/2009

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HEre are some things to try. Water in his bottle but no more that 2 oz per day or pear/apple juice about 1 oz in his bottle. If you use formula, add an extra oz of water. Try a warm bath or rubbing his tummy.

Erica - posted on 07/29/2009

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At about 10 or 11 weeks my daughter started taking formula and she got incredibly constipated to the point where she was screaming and bled a little when she pooped. We give her prune juice (half juice half water) once a day now and she is great. Though, her poop got a little dark from the color.

Deepa - posted on 07/29/2009

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Soak raisin/prunein luke warm water,smash them and feed the syrup to the baby.helps in constipation and collicness.never feed the child apple when the child has constipation,it aids in hardening the motion which in turn causes constipation.Paying attention to ones diet while nursing the baby goes a long way in tackling few of these baby hiccups.Hope this helps.

Aubrey - posted on 07/29/2009

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my baby used to get constipated. from time to time, and I found a bottle of water helped her out, and distracted her pain..

Rayna - posted on 07/29/2009

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The biggest thing is that you don't want your son being afraid to poop. My Dr. told us to give our daughter Miralax because she tore while trying to poop a couple of times. It works great! Unfortunately, she isn't pooping without it for now. We'll see how this turns out :) Best of luck to you!

Joy - posted on 07/29/2009

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Using 1/4 tsp of raw suger in 30ml of cooled boiled water before a feed. Do this 2 - 3 times in a row and it works a treat!

Maci - posted on 07/28/2009

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try prune juice. my daughter goes to a stomach specialist and he told me to give her prune juice just an ounce or some karo syrup. Make sure you have gas drops in handy though in case the prune juice is to much on his belly.

Akeisha - posted on 07/28/2009

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I have a friend that is a massage therapist specializing in babies and we did a session on baby massage for my son (who is now months old), he would scream from trying to go the the bathroom and my friend suggested not just rubbing his tummy, but rubbing his tummy around his belly button in a counter clockwise circular motion. Now, I swear by it! It worked great, especially after a nice relaxing bath!

Marie - posted on 07/28/2009

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When I started my baby on solids, she became constipated and had a hard time sleeping. I gave her diluted apple juice, gently rubbed her belly, and bent her knees up to her chest. After a day, she finally had a bowel movement... and, boy, was it a big one!

Aimee - posted on 07/27/2009

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Both my sons had problems with constipation. With my first one I found that if I fed him a jar of prunes(stage 1) everyday he went fine. My second was wasn't so easy. We tried everything then had to go to a prescription medication called myrilax. It works wonders. He goes everyday and doesn't cry and strain for hours like he used to.

Angela - posted on 07/27/2009

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if it's that he has not pooped give him some time he'll go. My son went through something where he went 10 - 14 days without a poop! i tried so many home remedies like water, rubbing, pumping the legs, juice, Karo, suppositories you name it I'm sure i tried it. Doc told me juice upsets the tummy, the other stuff worked one time but then he kept not pooping for several months...i mean he would hold it for about 10 days or so which continued for several months until one day he was going everyday...BTW he's breatfed

Shely - posted on 07/27/2009

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a teaspoon of brown sugar in either his milk bottle or diluted in 30 mls warm water does the trick - I use it every time and works a treat - trhis advice came from both myh midwife and my doctor

Breanna - posted on 07/27/2009

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my daughter has always had problems going to the bathroom. my doctor said as well, use the prune juice. but mine said give her 4 oz a day and she was only 2 months old. i gave her only 2 oz and it worked. but i only gave it to her every couple of days because the prune juice helped her go for awhile. also, if he is just having problems going every once in a while, (unlike my daughter who can never go without help) my doctor recommended pedialax glycerin suppositories. they have them at walgreens and drug stores. but insted of injecting the whole bulb of liquid, just do half. that worked REALLY fast & effectively! hope this helps!

Jen - posted on 07/27/2009

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I agree with Nicole's suggestion of the warm bath & massage (my poor husband was in the tub with our son when just the warm bath alone did it for him ahaha it was a not-so-lovely experience for my husband I'm sure but I've never laughed so hard)
And I also agree with Kirsten. Babies DON'T need to go everyday. I nursed and would get concerned when my little boy went from several times a day to maybe twice a week but because his poops were still soft when he finally did poop, it meant he wasn't constipated. Are you sure your baby IS actually constipated? Or just had a change to what was normal for him. Around 6wks babies change how often they poop so that could be all thats happening.
If you're still nursing then one thing I can suggest that does help.. eat an orange. It takes 4-6hrs for what you eat to get into your breastmilk but I've found that right after his next feed (once the 4-6hrs passed).. he'd poop.
I don't bother intervening anymore though because I learned that it was harder on me than the baby when he wasn't pooping everyday. As long as its not hard, pebble like when he does go.. he's fine!

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I had difficulties when my bub went onto solids while still on the breast. She didn't poo for 13 days, the nurses on call said that that was fine for a breast baby but after 14 days seek med att. I was told to reduce solids or even stop till poo comes, then introduce again but slower and find the balance between solids and milk. took a few days to get it right after that

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Hi, this is probably going to sound wrong only because of what the health nurses say not to do, but this is from my health nurse. 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar in 30ml cooled boiled water. 3-4 times in 24 hours then no more. So basicly depending when baby wakes in morning. I did 7am, 11am, 3pm, 7pm. then there should be poo. I had to do that on about 3 different occasions. Good luck Julie

Donna - posted on 07/27/2009

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My Dr told me that breast fed babies dont poo as often as formula fed babies, as long as when bubs does finally go its soft if its really hard then take him to the docs. Our midwife told us to give lots of warm baths and massage his tummy and bend his legs up to his chest. You can also give bubs water with 1/4 tspn of soft brown sugar and also stimulate his bottom. This all helped for me. He's now a formula fed baby and still only goes once every 4 days or so same as when he was breastfed. Just remember if his stools are soft theres really nothing to worry about. Hope this helps.

Mel - posted on 07/26/2009

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wow im shocked your health professionals gve you such wrong advice Amanda! perhaps get a new doctor? formula fed babies generally go once every 1-3 days, if longer then 5-6 days they are constipated usually, but after 3 days thats when i give mine something to help. my daughter went 8 days recently because she was admitted to hospital to get her eating and they tried starving her so she has no need to go. breast fed babies can safely go up to 14 days but usually go many times a day after each feed, until they start on solids. something recommended when ours was just a newborn was adding extra water to the formula whe you make it up, only 5-1 mills but it helps. ours needed concentrated formula for most of her life after that for weight gain so she had constipation badly for a long time

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2009

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My 5 month old has problems as well. Our pediatrician told me to give him suppositories as needed. He said not to give him water because formula is 85% water. He told us to give him 1st foods in veggies and fruits. He eats the applesauce with a pinch of cereal in it and then has applejuice afterwards. He is going every other day now at least. But I saw where a few moms say that it is ok for your babies not to poo everyday. Our doctor and hospital has told us that formula fed babies should be going at least twice a day and Breast fed babies should be going at least once a day. I breastfed my youngest for 5 weeks and he went with no problems during that time.

Shanna - posted on 07/26/2009

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a little warm water worked for my son, it was only happening because i was breastfeeding.

Jessica - posted on 07/26/2009

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when my little girl was constipated my doctor told me to get some apple juice and give them 2oz of it and then 2oz of water but give it to him in the morning.

Sara - posted on 07/26/2009

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Ask your pediatrician, but we used dark cairo syrup in the bottle and mineral oil stuff. My 11/2 year old had it really terrible. I thought he was going to get hemmoroids form pushing, sometimes his bottom would bleed. The first time I freaked out, but the pediatrician told me too hard of stools will tear the rectum. So I used petrolium jelly at every diaper change to help heal the wound and help the stool get out. He still has issues with constipation at times and we use miralax sometimes, but he is out growing the worst of it!! I felt like I was doing something wrong and the Dr. did switch his formula. But soy made him throw-up alot, so we did the other stuff. ask your ped. about the cairo syrup!! It really did help! (About 1 teaspoon in the bottle)

Haley - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son had the same problem and two different things worked for him. Add a little bit (tbsp) of Karo syrup or get some gripe water. It comes in a bottle that looks like cough medicine.

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Okay, we dealt with constipation regularly for a while. Soy based formulas and rice cereal cause constipation. We changed that from our diet. My pediatrician recommended taking a Q-tip and putting neosporin on the end. Place it in the infants rectum and giggle it gentlyy. Do this a couple times a day and it helps them start grunting, where they will eventually go on their own. Baby apple-pear-prune juice, by Gerber is good. Only give him/her 2 oz. These juices are shown in mildest-to-strongest. Also a tsp. of karo syrup in a bottle helps. The problem is that the karo and juices do NOT help cure your problem, they only act as laxatives to thin the feces, which enables it to come out easier. The q-tip helps your child to grunt and use his/her stomach mucles and reflexes to learn to get it out him/herself. If the feces is firm, then water bottles and juice/karo is recommended.

Melony - posted on 07/26/2009

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I have a five and half week old baby who is also constipated. He screams for hours and hours trying to get it out and the Health Vistor has advised me to give him one 6 oz bottle of water mixed with just 5 ml of prune juice each day. As the Prune Juice is £2.25 from Morrisons I freeze the measured portions of prune juice in an ice cube tray and just let one dissolve in his cooling boiled water. Hope this helps.

Mel - posted on 07/26/2009

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no no always go the water before a suppository. my daughter does not eat solids and was there fore constipated for 11 and a half months before getting on the pediasure after she turned one. tital has never ever recommended a suppository. its un necessary usually. stick to water. the main suggestions from the childrens ward are water and prune juice

Mel - posted on 07/26/2009

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oh i forgot the sugar yeah a little raw sugar in the bottle less then half a tea spoon thanks guys for adding this one

Kathleen - posted on 07/25/2009

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My daughter was constipated constantly when she was born. My doctor had me mix a little karo syrup in her water a couple times a day and now she poops everyday. If it gets too bad, or painful they do make these little things that look like isicles that you have to put in their butt and they poop immediately. That isn't a good thing to do for a while though, because they all need to learn to poop on their own. I had to give them to her a few times.

Kadek - posted on 07/25/2009

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brown suger n water 1 teaspoon off brown suger to 60 mls of water it works n its not bad 4 ur baby

Kristen - posted on 07/25/2009

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My daughter is 10 months old and has been constipated since she was 1 week old and i give her 2 oz's of prune with 2 oz's of water and her formula twice a day and she gets 2 tsp of matliplex in her food or bottle now to help. as they eat mor they will need more medicine, i used to use the supporsties cut up into small pieces when she was that young to help her. ask your dr what they think is best. that is what i have been doing.

Hailz - posted on 07/25/2009

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Coloxyl drops to soften the stools, and offer some watr..poor lil love! xox...check the age of recommendation, i think it's 8wks up, but not sure.

Carly - posted on 07/25/2009

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My son was also constipated and we gave him some apple juice diluted in water, as well as the karo syrup mixed with formula. the only thing that started to work was when we started him on cereal he started to go everyday...

Lindsay - posted on 07/25/2009

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My son has always had constipation caused my his medication. Its been so bad its even torn his bowl before. One of the best things is to bicycle their legs, bring each knee in turn gently to their chest, this presses on the bowl and helps move things along. When dex was around 4 weeks the dr suggested a touch of sugar water, just cooled boiled water and a pinch of sugar. I wasnt happy about it but after his bowl tore, i was told i had too and it really did soften it, now he's older he has diluted fruit juice but that just upset his tum when he was younger. good luck xx

Lindsay - posted on 07/25/2009

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I had the same problem with my little one. My Dr. suggested karo syrup with warm water, water alone we tried several things and then he suggested a tsp. of milk of magnesia once a day in a bottle and that was the only thing that worked for us. Also he had me take her off of her poly vi sol vitamin because the iron was making her constipated and changed her formula to soy and all was well.

Erica - posted on 07/25/2009

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at 5 wks my daughter was pooping solid. (you know like we do...) and started getting hemroids. My doc has us giving her 1 oz baby pear juice and one oz water at the same temp we make her bottles every day and she now goes 3 -4 times a day and it's helped. She doesn't fuss for an hour before or after any more. Talk to your doctor, there is tons of different formulas that can help as well. We use enfimil gentlease.

Samantha - posted on 07/25/2009

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I gave my 5 week old water when hewas constipated and it helped alot, and i give him water between feeds just to help with hydration...

Mel - posted on 07/25/2009

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prune juice mixed with water, plenty of water between feeds, coloxyl drops, change of formula, aliminate iron from the diet which includes rice cerealand use a cotton tip with vaseline when you change the nappy. also warm baths and lower tummy massage

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i agree with kristen. my little girl had problems in the beginning of june. she didn't poo for 4 days. but once she did, she goes every day to everyother day now.

Amy - posted on 07/24/2009

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my doctor recommended to give 2 oz of undiluted prune juice. Both of my children had problems with constipation but ours was more from cereal use early on. You could also use apple juice. i have tried the dark karo syrup but found little success, however if you want to try it you use 2 Tbsp per 2 oz of milk.

Amber - posted on 07/24/2009

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i heard that if you switch from breastfeeding to formula it upsets babys belly. if you are formula feeding make sure he/she is doing ok on the formula you may have to switch.

give baby i warm bath and massage his belly gently. i would call the dr

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