my 4 1/2 mos old hasn't had a bowel moveme ent. this will be the fourth day. i tried the leg exercies and warm bath. should i try prune juice in her breast milk?

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Are you exclusively breast feeding her? My doctor has told me that it is normal for a breast fed baby not to have a bowl movement for 7 days and it be normal. My son had one Saturday and not again until today. That's four days, and he's completely normal and healthy!

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Brittnee - posted on 01/31/2009

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the karo syrup is the way to go i think. when my oldest was first introduced to formula supplements at 2 months he didnt poop for almost a 1 1/2 weeks! my mother-in-law is a labor and delivery nurse and she recommended the syrup. we only had light syrup but mixed 1 tbsp in 2 oz of WARM WATER (so its the same temp. as breast milk or formula) and in about 6 hours he let it all go. it was a mess but boy was i relieved!

Nora-Lee - posted on 01/31/2009

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I would definitely try the Karo syrup, it;s the same recommendation my doctor gave me, the dark one. Mix 1tbsp with 1oz of breastmilk or formula, and then feed her the rest, he also said since she was only on breastmilk, she doesn't go that often. But in doubt always call your doctor and check with them, with babies it's better to go the extra mile. Good Luck!!!

Leah - posted on 01/31/2009

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My son had major constipation issue after being on antibiotics. We've had to give him suppositories to help but have just started adding prune juice to his feeds and it seems to really be helping. I would check with a doctor though, just to be sure.

Ashley - posted on 01/31/2009

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that happened to my friends baby and she took him to the doctor and he put a lot of vaseline on his pinky and put his pinky in his bum i wouldnt do this myself lol but definately go see a doctor

Shannon - posted on 01/31/2009

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My pediatrician said to mix a 1/2 tsp of raw or brown sugar for every 2 oz of water and feed it to baby.  It acts as a natural laxative. 

Kathy - posted on 01/30/2009

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If you are exclusively breastfeeding I don't think you need to be worrying too much at this stage. I have read and also spoken to midwifes and my Dr about this and they all say that they can go for up to 7-10 days without any bowel movement, and some breast fed baby's could also do the opposite and go everyday. It is not recommended to 'Add' anything to the breast milk. If you are uncertain speak to your midwife, clinic nurse or Dr. I hope bub has some bowel movement soon. good luck :-)

Jen - posted on 01/30/2009

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you might have to use a suppository.. just get the kid size and break it in half..direct prune jucie is good too

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Beck - posted on 01/29/2009

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I had this problem when Esther was 4 months old and not on solids. I was told by friend who is a midwife not to stress before 7 days, but if she gets to ten just to try a small amount of liquid soap on the end of a cotton bud and to poke it just a tiny way into her bottom, this should be enough to irritate the bowels and start her cleaning out. Though I do suggest having a towel underneathe as if it has been a while its gonna be messy. Hope this helps anyone with the same problem.

Olivia - posted on 01/29/2009

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This happens to by baby sometimes.  Just be prepared, when he does have one it will probably be a mess.

Cindy - posted on 01/29/2009

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my son went 7 days.  when he finaly had a bm it was a hard bullet and very painfull.  he had problems having bm's for about two weeks.  it was due to the introduction of solids.  i took him off the rice cereal and changed to barley.  It worked.

Nomi - posted on 01/29/2009

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 thanks for the help. i am exclusively breast feeding, no rice or cereal yet i dont remember  changing anything about my diet so thats why it seams so bizzare for her bm pattern to change when normally its every day sometimes missinga a day. when i pump she takes the bottle and i havent worked all week so she hasn't had a bottle feed. i dont know if that makes a difference. after i posted this she had a smear and i then thought the gates would flood but not yet. my husband will have to try the prune juice in her milk tomorrow if still no results. thanks

Angie - posted on 01/29/2009

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My sister had a poblem with her 5 month old after she introduced rice cereal to him, she tryed the prune juice and it did not seem to help. She ended up having to use a sapository and he had a bowel movement 15 mins later. Her doctor suggested using the prune juice first than the sapository if the juice did not work.

Ashley - posted on 01/29/2009

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my son had the same problem at 2 weeks and they told me to do everything that you tried and nothing worked:( they told me if he didn't poop to bring him in and they would put a suppository in his butt and that would make him poop. so i would definitely call your doctor. congrats on the new baby:)

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My pediatrician told me to try Kayro Syrup (the dark kind). I put about a tablespoon in the bottle at each feeding. It usually only takes a couple of feedings...and then watch out!!! :)

Mauricia - posted on 01/29/2009

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When my daughter had constipation issues at that age the doctor told me to add gerber prune juice in her bottle. I would put  60ml (2 ounces in her milk and it worked well). How is your diet while you are breast feeding? Try and drink a lot of fluids and eat fiber rich foods. If still no BM after the prune call md.

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2009

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I think you should call a doctor first, and possibly set up an appointment.  Are you doing cereal?  Oatmeal seems to help with the pooping more than rice.  Definitely check with a doctor though.  Calling their office doesn't cost anything.

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