hi my son is 9mnths and gets constipated bad was told to put him on soy heard it was bad????

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Topaz - posted on 08/19/2009

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my daughter got really constipated.. apple juice didnt work for her... so i got her 100% prune juice.. I diluted it half and half though. She went within 30 minutes. Also you can try the glycerin suppositories, or rectal stimulation (inserting a thermometer in her rectum) oh and soy makes it much worse.. good luck

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2009

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Soy will bind him up more. My daughter when from liquid to playdough consistency when we switched her to soy. My dr said that it normal for a bottle/breast fed baby to go up to 4 days without a bowel movement. As it was mentioned before...try giving some water. About 4 oz a day as you don't want it to interfere with regular feedings. If this doesn't work there are also prune juice, 1 tsp of brown sugar or corn syrup in the water (this works well...20 minutes and my little girl was going) and if all else fails as a last option glycerine suppositories.

Robin - posted on 08/18/2009

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when our son who is about 8 1/2 mo started getting constipated the doctor said cut out apples bananas rice cereal and replace the rice cereal with baby oatmeal and fruit with other things pears, strawberry, cherry, prune, blueberry etc. also soy DOES NOT help with constipation, it actually makes it worse!

Deja - posted on 08/18/2009

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My daughter has been on soy since she was born 2, and she is ^ months old now ... There from my point of view, nothin wrong with soy
But try every option, thats wat i would do

Rebecca - posted on 08/18/2009

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Both my babies have done the similac soy formula and have not had any problems.

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If you mix formula, try adding about quarter of an ounce of water more than the mixing instructions, for e.g mix a little less than a scoop full when making a two ounce of bottle. Keep in mind that feeding too much additional water to a baby can be harmful, so I tried this for a couple of feeds for my daughter during the day whenever she gets constipated, and the next day she goes potty. Another suggestion that I had from the ped for breastfeeding mom's was to try Karo syrup. see if that helps instead!

Sabrina - posted on 08/17/2009

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warm apple juice is great if it turns to diarrea then put a few drops of tea in it it will balance out

Kimberly - posted on 08/17/2009

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Each baby is different. My daughter gets constipated on soy. At his age, he can handle the baby juices. Try some of the juices if he is like a lot of babies that don't like water. If you think the juice may be too strong, mix it half water and half juice. Should help with his constipation. My first child had issues with constipation and I had to give her juice/water once a day to help keep everything going good. Good Luck!! :)

Nicole - posted on 08/17/2009

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I don't know about soy being bad for you part,my child drinks soy and is doing well.Only thing is soy can cause constipation.you might want to consult with your pediatrician.Tahat is who informed me of the issue with soy

Natacha - posted on 08/16/2009

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Try water as well by the way....people are crazy who say not to give babies water. before I gave my 4 month old carrots, water was the only thing that worked....just about 2 oz throughout the day. Babies also get thirsty to....My Pediatrician told me that the reason people are told not to give babies water is b/c people without much money will give babies more water then formula and that's not good for the bones of the babies b/c they are not getting any calcium...but you can give your baby 2oz a day and won't be constipated.

Natacha - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hi, I had to switch my 4mth old to soy b/c she had a really bad reaction to dairy...but I 'm told not to keep her on it for too loong due to the estrogen levels and not to give boys soy at all for that reason.....try carrot juice it really worked with my daughter. I boil the carrots and then blend it smooth and put it with her formula. She now goes 3x a day as opposed to 1....hope it works for you.

Brittany - posted on 08/16/2009

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try giving him 4 oz. of water a day maybe even 2 times a day, and possibly try pedilyte, thats what the doctors told me about my son.

Marcia - posted on 08/16/2009

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PS. also give him Gripe water, or Infacol to help with the wind pains, as that might develope if it hasn't already as he'll get trapped wind with not going.

Marcia - posted on 08/16/2009

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No I haven't. The best thing to do is give him 1 part pure apple or orange juice that's not from concentrate, to 5 parts water in a sippy cup. Should get him going and he won't even have to drink it all to get him going. Can work as quickly as in the next 15 mins, or later that day, but be warned, it might be an explosive nappy with leakages. It's what was recommended to us by Aaron's health visitor.



Good luck.

Ceshante - posted on 08/15/2009

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I heard soy it's not good for little boys, but don't how true that is. My son's doctor told me to use prune juice if he doesn't make poo after three days. I haven't had to because he always seems to go within 3 days but I keep the baby prune juice on hand just in case.

Britni - posted on 08/15/2009

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dont give him water who ever wrote that is crazy you cant give a baby water till there a year old... if your baby is constipated scrunch is knees up to his tummy might help, or give him a sapository.. dont really know how to spell that... and if that doesnt work ... i used liquid formula for a while with my son till he was 5 months old now he can have powdered and doesnt get constipated... or try to give him breast milk if your breast feeding I hope this helps

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don't give your baby free water!! Check with your physician before doing anything new. There are studies showing that soy products have estrogen/estrogen mimicking properties and can be unhealthy in large quantities. Rice milk is a better option.

Christine - posted on 08/15/2009

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At 9 months you should be able to recognize why all of the sudden they're getting constipated. Start back and think to the last time your baby wasn't constipated, and begin here. Avoid apples and carrots, bananas, rice cereal, cheese, anything binding like that. I don't think you need to switch formula this late in the game, just readjust the baby's diet. They eat what you give them, so it's really important that you know what you feed will do to their system, like constipate them. It's easy to accidently constipate your baby, after all there is no warning on the baby food jar or the sticker on the fruit before you puree it that says "may constipate." Increase pears, peaches, spinach, and prunes. There's a whole list of foods you could increase to relieve constipation on wholesomebabyfood.com. Also one feeding of cereal with prune juice a day should help if you can't get your baby to eat prunes or if you don't make them yourself.

Jennifer - posted on 08/14/2009

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My youngest son was on soy the whole time and he had no problems with it. If you put him on soy and he is still constipated try and find the kind that has low iron in it. To much iron causes consitpation. I should know as I am anemic and have to take iron pills and when my iron gets to high I get constipated. Or try the other moms options they are all good ideas and doctor approved

Marsha - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son is on soy. He has been for quit some time now. That's the only thing he can drink. I don't think that it's bad for him. I have actually heard that it is better.

Stephaniie - posted on 08/14/2009

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my son has been on soy for almost two months. when he took soy it made him constipated. hes still on it but now we have to give him prune juice and karo and water

Tina - posted on 08/14/2009

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Oh yea the only thing that I have heard about the soy formula is that in baby boys who drank soy formula when they were babies it is supposedly linked to them being homosexual when they get older. So wheather or not you want to believe that is up to you lol.

Tina - posted on 08/14/2009

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my now 18 month old son had bad problems with constipation when he was younger. he was put on the soy formula for awhile and it didn't make a difference so we took him off that. He also had problems with throwing up so he ws put on a different kind of formula but as far as the constipaiton goes our doctor told me to try inserting a thermomator just barley into their butt because it helps to stimulate their bowels. Gets them to push. I would try that and as the other moms have suggested yes try more solid foods fruits and veggies and juices. That is what really helped with my son I believe. Hope everything works out.

Julie - posted on 08/14/2009

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sounds bad but 15yrs ago when i had my first baby she suffered bad with it and my heath visitor told me to put a little vaseline on a cotten wool bud and put it on her anus and can even push the tip in a tiny way, it stimulates the bowls and makes them push. works a treat and have used it with all 4 of mine even just parting their cheeks helps sometimes. you do have to be careful though cos could be dangerous if u go to far!!

Falesha - posted on 08/14/2009

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if soy doesnt work try karo syrup only the dark about 1 tsp in 2-4 onces the dr said this would help for most babies though did not for mine she had to put on stool softener that did help and once it was working took her off of it and now she is regular

Candice - posted on 08/14/2009

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my daughter was constipated for the first year...also on soy..not sure if that was the cause or not. she drinks milk now, by the way.



for the constipation i tried everything from prunes to prune juice, to corn syrup, to pears...nothing worked. we used suppositories. half of a children's size suppository...usually she poos within minutes...i think it helps more to..uh..grease the track..than anything. they rarely had time to even dissolve..she would just poo them out with everything else. i still use them occasionally when needed (like today).



if you leave constipation untreated too long, your child may learn to withhold their movements...which can lead to bigger issues. and no..my daughter never became dependent on them.

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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Ive heard soy is not too good too. If you think he is constipated try some probiotics, you can get them from a health food store. Excellent to get things moving and overall better health. They have some specially for infants. I just got some today for my 3 and 1 yr old.

Amanda - posted on 08/13/2009

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soy is not bad. my son was on it 2 weeks after he was born til he was 11 months old. it will help him poop and he wont be so fussy or constipated

Paula - posted on 08/13/2009

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My first child was on soy and it constipated him bad. After he started eating baby food, I got prune (the baby food kind) and would add that in the morning to his cereal and that cleared the problem up.

Anna - posted on 08/13/2009

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my daughter has been on soy since about 4 weeks when i couldnt et her to stop throwing up. their is nothing wrong with soy honey... but water should help. and maybe some prunes... they have that in baby food. probably wont like it!! but they have it haha

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2009

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well my son who will be 2 in a few weeks, was constipated for almost a week, and we had bought a bunch a plums and he chowed down on them and within a couple hours he pooped, so try plums and prunes...baby food or chop one up in sizes that they can eat themselves...

Hanna - posted on 08/12/2009

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is your daughter lactose intolerant? if not, i don't see why she needs to be switched off to soy. if she's formula fed, then yeah u might want to try soy if not, then just add more fiber to your baby's diet, it should do the trick. when my son gets constipated, the doctor just told us to give him a bit of prune juice (the unsweetened one), does the trick every time. also, you might have to cut it in smaller pieces and/or run some of the veggies through the strainer to remove the excess fibers. oh and ease up on the cereal -- i had to switch Maxi from rice cereal to oatmeal because it's easier to pass.

Elena - posted on 08/12/2009

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my son is lactose intolerent we were told by the hospital to steer clear of soy formula if possible (especially when less than 6 months) as they supposedly have high levels of oestrogen in them?

Elena - posted on 08/12/2009

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my son is lactose intolerent we were told by the hospital to steer clear of soy formula if possible (especially when less than 6 months) as they supposedly have high levels of oestrogen in them?

Alishia - posted on 08/12/2009

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my daughter had constipation problems from birth until 3months she had all sorts of medication old things pplz say like malt help an whatever nothing worked the best is if ur babys on for mula get nan h.a. gold it helps break down the food havent had problems since

Rachelle - posted on 08/12/2009

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My sister was put on soy as a baby as she was a sick bub and her body didnt tolerate the milk, she is perfectly fine, she is now 13, gorgeous and eats all dairy without a problem. if soy was so bad them it wouldnt be offered.

Lisa - posted on 08/12/2009

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I wouldn't take your baby off formula entirely, even if only for a week. But upping his water intake is definitely a good idea! Cut out things like bananas and cheese for a while. Also, I'm certified in Infant massage, and find the digestion protocol to be GREAT for just about anything tummy related. Maybe find a class in your area or maybe even just a web description? Write me and I'll give you the rundown on how to do it.

Kylie - posted on 08/12/2009

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Pureed Pear. Works absolute wonders. I have an 8mth old girl who often gets constipated really bad. Sometimes I put her on Coloxyl drops, which help too, but I prefer to use pear, if I can make her eat it. Prune juice also works really well too. Basically just think of the kind of foods that would help clean you out, and chances are that they will work for your son too. GOOD LUCK :)

Sarah - posted on 08/12/2009

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I would try feeding things with more fiber in them. Push applesauce, apple juice, prune juice. Soy may help but often times it is the iron in the formula that makes them constipated rather than the type of milk. My son would get constipated due to the iron in the formula when he was little. When he was old enough to drink the juices it took a little bit of figuring out how much he would need in his diet eat day/week. But once we did then I would just make sure he got what he needed. Once he came off of formula he had no problems, but we still try to have a balanced diet.

Eden - posted on 08/12/2009

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Most people say soy is better for them... My son had to have soy b/c of a milk allergy, and I started my daughter on it... try giving him a cup of apple juice every day, and watch how many bannanas he eats. at 9 months, he's about ready to come off formula, so you shouldnt need to switch now

Amy - posted on 08/12/2009

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my daughter is 3months and she has had a REAL big problem with that. She has tried 5 different formulas and none seemed to change it. She had it so bad that she would bleed from being constipated :( . I tried Karo Syrup first...then apple juice..then water...and finally the doctor said to give her ONE 1/4 of the lid of Miralax. Its powder and you mix it with the formula and less than 24 hours later she has not had a problem since. BUT don't give it to your son more than 2 times a week. one time should do the trick. :) good luck!! if you try it let me know how it goes for you

SONIA - posted on 08/12/2009

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Hi there, My daughter is 11 months and she gets too constipated aswell, so the health visitor advised me to give some fruit, vegs, and solid food and not too much milk to her, so now i started giving her solid food so now she doesn't get too constipated also she prescribed her this medicine its called Lactulose Solution, its helps alott..i hope it helps urr baby

Jackie - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter has been on soy since she was a newborn. What is bad about soy?

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